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Make It : A Drawstring Bag from the Purl Bee

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We're delighted to present you with a guest post from our dear friends over at The Purl Bee:

The Purl Bee is Purl Soho's craft blog, a special place where we share all of our very best creative ideas! From tiny hand sewn baby shoes to big knitted lap blankets, the Bee is chock-full of free patterns developed by our very talented Purl Bee staff. We welcome crafters from all corners of the world to visit the Purl Bee for needlecraft inspiration and top notch tutorials. Whether you knit, crochet, sew, embroider or needlepoint, you'll surely find your next project among the Bee's hundreds of classic patterns!

We originally made this Easy Drawstring Bag to store a bundle of colorful Felt Jelly Bean Bags, but its uses don't stop there! Now with four additional sizes, the Easy Drawstring Bag will serve you in countless ways, as a super cute gift wrapping alternative, a toiletry sack, or a project bag. Incredibly functional, this project is also time friendly, sewing up in less than an hour!

For a fresh, summer look, we've turned to some of our very favorite fabrics, including Kokka's timeless Small and Large Gingham, as well as slightly nubbly, handsome blues of Kiyohara's Upholstery Weight and Cotton- Linen blend. To jazz up these classic colors and prints, we paired them with the richly textured, cotton-lined Fishtail Braided Cording and electric Neon Lacing. You can find these and even more fabric and trim options at our online store, purlsoho.com.

MATERIALS:

To make a x-small (small, medium, large, x-large) drawstring bag, measuring 5 1/2 (8 1/2, 11 1/2, 14 1/2, 17 1/2) inches wide:

CUT THE TRIM:

Cut two 20 (26, 34, 42, 48) inch pieces of trim for each drawstring bag. Place these to the side for now.

THE FABRIC:

Using your rotary cutter and non-slip rulers, cut a rectangle of fabric measuring:

6-inch wide by 12-inch long

9-inch wide by 18-inch long

12-inch wide by 24-inch long

15-inch wide by 30-inch long

18-inch wide by 36-inch long

For more help with this step, please see our Rotary Cutting tutorial. Fold the rectangle of fabric in half the long way with right sides together to make a 6 (9, 12, 15, 18) inch square.

SEW:

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Starting at the fold, sew up the left and right side of the bag with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stop 2-inches form the top on each side.

1 Starting at the fold, sew up the left and right side of the bag with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stop 2-inches form the top on each side.

Working on one half of the bag, *fold and iron a 1/4-in. hem on the 2-in. portion of the fabric where you did not sew the seam (on the left and right sides).

2 Working on one half of the bag, *fold and iron a 1/4-in. hem on the 2-in. portion of the fabric where you did not sew the seam (on the left and right sides).

Fold and iron a 1/4-inch hem along the top of the bag.

3 Fold and iron a 1/4-inch hem along the top of the bag.

Fold it over another 3/4- inch as if to make a hem and iron (this will be the drawstring channel).

4 Fold it over another 3/4- inch as if to make a hem and iron (this will be the drawstring channel).

Sew along the bottom edge of hem with a 1/6-inch seam allowance. Repeat from * (second photo in gallery) for the other half of the bag.

5 Sew along the bottom edge of hem with a 1/6-inch seam allowance. Repeat from * (second photo in gallery) for the other half of the bag.

To make the gusset, fold both corners of the bag so that the side seam is running exactly down the middle of the corner point.

6 To make the gusset, fold both corners of the bag so that the side seam is running exactly down the middle of the corner point.

You will be sewing your gusset seam exactly perpendicular to the side seam. You will want both gussets seams to be sewn at the exact same angle so that the gusset isn't askew.

7 You will be sewing your gusset seam exactly perpendicular to the side seam. You will want both gussets seams to be sewn at the exact same angle so that the gusset isn't askew.

Line up one side of your non-slip ruler with the drawstring channel edge. Using your water soluble marker, draw a line approx. 1 (1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3) inches from the point of the corner.

8 Line up one side of your non-slip ruler with the drawstring channel edge. Using your water soluble marker, draw a line approx. 1 (1 1/2, 2, 2 1/2, 3) inches from the point of the corner.

Repeat on other corner making sure your marks line up with the first corner. Sew along marker lines. Cut off the fabric corners below the seam to reduce bulk. Turn the bag right side out.

9 Repeat on other corner making sure your marks line up with the first corner. Sew along marker lines. Cut off the fabric corners below the seam to reduce bulk. Turn the bag right side out.

Thread trim through channel by attaching a large safety pin to the end of one of the pieces of trim.

10 Thread trim through channel by attaching a large safety pin to the end of one of the pieces of trim.

Thread it through the drawstring channel on one side and then back around the other side so that both ends of the trim are on one side. Repeat with the other ribbon starting on the opposite side of the bag.

11 Thread it through the drawstring channel on one side and then back around the other side so that both ends of the trim are on one side. Repeat with the other ribbon starting on the opposite side of the bag.

Leaving approx. 4 1/2 (4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 5 1/2) in. of the trim on either side, tie the end and cut off excess. The bag will clinch when you hold the knots on either side of the bag and pull outwards.

12 Leaving approx. 4 1/2 (4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 5 1/2) in. of the trim on either side, tie the end and cut off excess. The bag will clinch when you hold the knots on either side of the bag and pull outwards.

Enjoy!

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