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#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!
I 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, 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!
Stay Peachy x