Make a Drawstring Bag
by Carol Spier
An Online Extra to Threads #113
Cloth purses or bags are quick and fun to sew. Plus, a one-of-a-kind handmade bag is a treat to carry, and makes for a creative, thoughtful gift. With personal touches and a range of fabrics, you can sew a purse that's perfect for any style or occasion. We've gathered an assortment of small bags that celebrate the beauty of Chinese brocade, a luxe and colorful silk/rayon blend fabric. To make the bags—you can use any fabric you like—use the schematic diagrams and basic directions here.
To learn more about Chinese brocade, read "Exploring Chinese Silk-Faced Brocades" by Sarah Veblen in Threads #113.
|1. Use any proportion (bag shown here is 10-1/2 inches by 6-1/2 inches). Cut flap area no wider than finished bag width.|
|1. Cut a round piece for the bottom of the bag (above right). Cut 2 rectangles for the body of the bag, making the width of each approximately equal to the circumference of the bottom. Sew the sides together as shown above left: clip the seam allowance at the bottom of the casing, leave the seams open in the casing area, and sew with the wrong sides together for the cuff area.
|4. Turn the bag right side out. Beginning at one side seam, thread a drawstring through the casing to the opposite side seam, then back to the starting side seam. Repeat with a second drawstring, inserting it first at the opposite side seam.|