Monday, February 25, 2013

Make Your Own Little Drawstring Gift Bags...{Great for Easter!}

I am joining the sweet Jen Rizzo for her 6 Days of Spring Linky Party.
I love this time of the year and what fun to share "springy" ideas!


Spring is upon us and I can't wait for warmer weather, flowers, and Easter!
We usually celebrate Easter with simple little gifts, so yesterday I started making these darling little drawstring bags to hold goodies.

This project is perfect for using up scraps of fabric that you have collected.
Here is what you will need:
{Makes a 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch bag}

2 pieces of your choice in fabric, cut 6 1/2 inches wide by 9 3/4 inches long
18 inches of cotton string/cording
Safety pin

First, cut your fabric and then hem three sides using a 1/2 inch hem.


Now you will make the sleeve for the drawstring.
I love that the end project has finished edges inside and out :).

Iron down about 1/4 of an inch all the way across.

Now fold over one inch and press.


Repeat with the other piece of fabric and double check that they line up perfectly.


Stitch along the lower edge of the sleeve, back stitching at each end.

Place right side together and match the tops exactly.
Pin together if you like.




Sew around the inside of the finished edges...LEAVING at least a 1/4 inch from the top open {from the bottom sleeve seam}. 
You will need some room for the cord to freely run through the top.
I back stitched 3 or four times at the top corner to give the bag some strength.
I hope this picture makes what I am talking about a little clearer.

 I stitched close to the edge of the hems all the way around and left about a 1/4 inch open at the top.
Make sure you reinforce with the back stitching!




Now turn your little bag right side out.

Give the corners a little push with a blunt edge and iron flat.
You are ready to insert the cotton string.
See how the top has a little extra room?


 The inside of the bag has nice finished edges.
 Attach the safety pin to the end of your string and start threading through the sleeve.
Thread through both sides until you have the ends of the string out one side of the bag.






Neatly tie a little knot at the end...leaving at least 2 1/2 inches out.



That's it!
It took me around 15 minutes to make one, so this is a relatively fast project and so fun!

I made them in a couple of different patterns, and for those of you who would rather just purchase one all ready to go, I have a few in my SHOP...
just in time for Easter!

You can make them in all colors and they look darling stuffed with little gifts.
Because they are made so sturdy, the bags would make a great eyeglass case, pouch for nail polish and other things, or even to reuse for another gift!

Happy Spring!

~Julia


16 comments:

2busy said...

I love this idea! It is so cute and NOT an Easter basket. Easter baskets are not bad, but I love something that's different.

Looks fairly easy. Thanks for the tutorial.

Holly said...

Darned if that's not just adorable! I love your choice of fabrics. So sweet.

Michelle said...

I love these. I was given one a few years ago. I still use it today. They are great for storing stuff. I use mine for storing my brush and hair clip when traveling.

Hopeful said...

These are adorable... I love your fabric choice. A very useful gift indeed. This gives me spring fever.

Tori said...

What a lovely blog you have. Don't know how I found you but I did. Those little bags are too sweet, great possibilities.
I'll be back!

Anonymous said...

This is great for any occasion,
birthdays, Christmas gifts, or just a thank you gift I guess depending on the material you choose...just wonderful, thank you for the tutorial..I am not a seamstress so I need all the help I can get when it comes to sewing......Corinne

Kathy said...

They look so vintagey! They are so adorable and look easy to make.

Gina said...

Julia, those are gorgeous. Thank you for the tutorial. The step by steps are very helpful!

Kaitlin @ Homemaker Design said...

Just lovely! And great timing for me - I have been mulling over making some drawstring bags for various things (mostly for the kids toys) so this is nice to have a tutorial like this - makes it easier then me just winging it! ;) Love your fabric too, so pretty!

Jennifer said...

Thank you for sharing the tutorial. My daughter & I will enjoy making these. :)

Sarahendipity said...

I love these! Thank you for sharing! Where did you find such lovely fabric? I think I might have to dust off my machine and make a few, yay! :)

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Beautiful! And a great tutorial too!

Ngo Family Farm said...

So darling! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial - I am just beginning to learn how to sew, and this seems fairly doable for me :)
-Jaime

Shannon said...

So cute and I love the fabric you chose. Congrats on your win lucky gal!! ;)

Gift Bags and Boxes said...

Nice gift bag collection. I like this design very much.

Ramzan Ali said...

These are lovely... I really like your material option. A very useful Gift Bags indeed. This gives me springtime high temperature.

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