Go through your scraps and recycle them into something new. I used a (cheap) liner, such as muslin, and two complimentary colors for the outside. You'll also need ribbon or cording for the drawstring.
|I put beads on the ribbon ends on this one.|
At this point, your bag is laid out open, so the tops (where the drawstring goes) will be on each end.
I sewed both tops to each end of the body using a 1/4" seam.
Using the outside of the bag for a pattern, I cut out the liner out of some inexpensive cotton, such as muslin. I just pinned the fabric to the liner and cut around it.
When I got it cut out, I put the wrong sides together, pinned it in place, and sewed down each length using a 1/4" seam, folded twice to hide the raw edge.
|1/4" hem on each side|
|I used a 1/4" presser foot|
Next, fold over the top so it lines up just below your seam on the front (it is about half way if you are not using two different fabrics). You will use the seam on the front to stitch in the ditch.
|This pictures shows the right side (bottom) and the wrong side (top) of the seam for the draw string.|
|Stitch in the ditch hides your thread... presto!|
|This picture shows the "pocket" sewn down. You can see the rows of stitches. The first row is where it was hemmed, the second row is where I sewed it down to make the "pocket" for the drawstring.|
|STOP HERE! - pretend like you didn't see my little birds nest... that takes a special kind of talent ;)|
Next, I put my draw string on a large safety pin and ran it from one opening, out the back and in the other side to make it end on the same side I started on.
|Just go out and back in for one side. Sorry, this picture is a little blurry.|
|Your second draw string goes in the other side.|
You may also use decorative cord locks.
See my blog page on that too!) But you can put whatever you want in them. Customize the size for your needs.
|My pStyle with this bag.|