#Project34 Week 2 – Beginner’s Drawstring Bag Tutorial

floral bagDisclaimer: Tilly Walnes I am not, elatedly proud of making friends with my sewing machine I AM!  If you are learning to sew too – make sure you follow my Peachy vs the Sewing Machine posts for mini-tutorials and progress updates!

#Project34 Week 2: Drawstring Bag

Time Taken: 3 LONG hours of practice

 30 Minutes Prepping, Cutting and Controlling Shaking

30 Minutes Sewing and Making!

Ok, I’ve been pretty excited to share this news with you!  Last week, I ACTUALLY sat at my sewing machine and decided to master the basics of my sewing machine!  Week 2 of #Project34 was going to be about pushing my own boundaries and FINALLY overcoming my fears!

I forced myself to sit for three hours, whilst Daisy was spending the day with her dad, and follow lines on a tea towel and I can’t tell you how ELATED I felt when I finally felt I’d got it!  I’m sure lots of people reading this will think this is no big deal, but to me, a few straight lines and decent bobbin winding, had brought me much closer to my dreams of learning to dressmake!  With that in mind, I set to work on a small project to keep up the momentum of what I’d managed to master!  Introducing the beginner’s drawstring bag!

fabricI found this gorgeous floral fabric in my stash and already had the matching organza ribbon too.  I thought a drawstring bag to keep plastic bags in my kitchen would be a great first project.  As the cotton was quite thin, I cut four rectangle pieces (approximately 35cm by 45cm) out and practiced my simple sewing by stitching two pieces together.  Once this was done, I simply followed the edges of three sides (leaving one smaller side open for the top) with my sewing machine, stitching in a simple straight stitch.

Then, taking each section of the open top end, I folded it over to approximately a centimetre and stitched across, to create the fabric loop, through which I then threaded my ribbon!

And that, is quite literally it!  Much like cushions and machine covers,sewing machine the idea of a drawstring bag is simple, a great way to practice very simple techniques and the ‘drawstring’ feature hides a multitude of sins if you find your stitching goes a little wonky!

I was so pleased with my bag, I immediately set to work making bag number two – a laundry bag for Daisy’s room, using some beautiful Jemima Puddleduck fabric I bought to make a cot bumper with originally.  I also had a go at two-toning my fabric with this nautical I made for a very special 1st Birthday present!  This one was slightly longer and thinner, more of a pillowcase size but using exactly the same renegade measurement and sewing techniques!

francis bag 1

francis bagSo, if you fancy a go at something this afternoon and you’re pretty confident with the very very basics, why not brighten up your home with a floral drawstring bag?

Stay Peachy x

6 thoughts on “#Project34 Week 2 – Beginner’s Drawstring Bag Tutorial

  1. Emma Robertson

    Your bags look fab, well done you. Being new to sewing myself I quite often realise I’ve been holding my breath whilst trying to sew something neatly! :0) xx

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      1. emma@missberrys.co.uk Post author

        Thanks! It’s a start and that’s what counts!! I would love to do a dress for Daisy – I’m going to try a top I think and see how that goes! x

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  2. Fiona

    Yeah! Well done for taking the first steps and making friends with your sewing machine. I love my machine but I don’t get to sew as much as I’d like. But as I can’t find any summer clothes I like in the shops and being inspired by your frugalness I am going to dust off the beauty and get my sew on!

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  3. jenny

    looks fantastic! congratulations on overcoming your fears :) i’ve been working hard at getting better with my sewing machine too, and funnily enough I made a bag aswell yesterday! I followed a tutorial though, you are awesome and made one up – I will certainly add this to my ‘to try’ pile :) thanks!

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  4. Kat

    Lovely post! And gorgeous bags! I have made a good few of these, it definitely takes time to get your head round them but once you have then you’re flying!

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