Tutorial: Reversible Drawstring Bag

, Tutorial: Reversible Drawstring BagWell, I’ve been meaning to do this for ages but the light was never right to take photos. This afternoon I just thought ‘hang it!’ I’ll use the flash and as long as the photos illustrate my point, that’s all that matters. I just wanted to give a little something back to the crafting community I suppose (not that most of you would need instructions for this simple bag). Please note that this is my original work and I also wrote the wiki-how article that I am not being given credit for.

Anyway, the thing about my drawstring bag is that it is really simple and that’s the appeal. You can change the size to accommodate anything from a tooth to your swimming gear for the beach. It’s  coming onto summer here and making a cute case for my new sunglasses was my incentive! [divider] [one-half] [dropcap]1[/dropcap]So the first thing to do is pick two fun fabrics (or more serious fabrics if you’re that way inclined). Measure out the size you need. I folded mine in half (in lieu of putting a seam in the bottom) and then cut about 1 cm bigger than my finished size. That’s my crappy old sunglasses case in the picture. Lovely fabric, crappy iron on vinyl which is cracking an peeling – grrr!

, Tutorial: Reversible Drawstring Bag

[/one-half] [one-half last] [dropcap]2[/dropcap]Cut the same size out of your second piece of fabric. You can have the same inside and out, but then there would be no point in reversing it.

, Tutorial: Reversible Drawstring Bag

[/one-half] [divider] [one-half] [dropcap]3[/dropcap] Place the fabric right sides together and sew across the short ends.

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[/one-half] [one-half last] [dropcap]4[/dropcap] What you’ll end up with is a circle of fabric. Go and iron your seams flat (I didn’t and it makes it so much harder)

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Line up your fabric at the seams and start sewing about a centimetre away from the middle seam where the two different fabrics meet, and sew to the bottom.  Do this on all four sides. The gap is basically used to turn your bag right side out, and to thread the cord through when you’re done. I hope the picture below is clear enough.

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[/one-half] [one-half last] [dropcap]6[/dropcap]Snip off the corners.

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[/one-half] [divider] [one-half] [dropcap]7[/dropcap] Now turn the bag inside out (looks like I forgot to take a picture of that!) Go iron again (I didn’t – what a slacker!) and  stuff your inside into your outside.

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[/one-half] [one-half last] [dropcap]8[/dropcap] Make sure the unsewn part of your seam is tucked neatly into the gap at each opening.

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[/one-half] [divider] [one-half] [dropcap]9[/dropcap] Top stitch about 1.5 centimetres from the edge at the top of the bag. If your gaps are small enough you’ll be able to go ’round in one go, mine were a bit big so I did each side separately.

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[/one-half] [one-half last] [dropcap]10[/dropcap]Grab yourself a safety pin and some cord.

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[/one-half] [divider] [one-half] [dropcap]11[/dropcap] Thread the cord through both sides of the top and tie it off.

, Tutorial: Reversible Drawstring Bag

[/one-half] [one-half last][dropcap]12[/dropcap]Now do the same going the other way.

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[/one-half] [divider] [one-half] [dropcap]13[/dropcap] Put your stuff in the bag.

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[/one-half] [one-half last][dropcap]14[/dropcap]Tie off the top. Now congratulate yourself on a job well done and go and watch “The Chaser” (which is what I’m going to do – BYE!)

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