This Tutorial was published on the cutting corners college website for Riley Blake Designs on the 9/8/2013
I thought I would share it here! enjoy
Kids Personalised Drawstring Bag
I love sewing and live in Brisbane, Australia.
I made this as a result of wanting to package a quilt for a gift. It was a hit.
These handy drawstring personalised children's bags are perfect for so many uses such as gift bags, kindy sheets, school books, toys, washing, or even a sleepover bag.
This is beginner tutorial takes you step by step. I have made so many of these bags and not necessarily the same way every time its quite forgiving.
I am thrilled to use Riley Blake’s - Boy Crazy by Dani Mogstad for My Mind's Eye.
Main Fabric- 1 @ 21" x 16.5" and 1@ 13" x 16.5" (Fat Quarter friendly)
Contrast Name Panel- 1@ 6.5" x 16.5"
String- 1 @ 1.5" x 32"
Scrap for appliquéd name (dark solid is usually best)
sewable heat bond or similar product,
printed name font of choice
General sewing items- sewing machine, cotton, paper scissors, pins, cutting mat, rotary cutter, safety pin, rulers, iron, ironing board.
Optional- overlocker, label
Lets get started
Step 1, Gather Supplies and please note all seams are 1/4 inch except where stated. (step 6)
Warning when washed these letters will fray a little. I love the effect. But if you prefer traditional appliqué do that. Or use a little fray stop on them.
Step 2, Name Panel
- Iron the name panel in half to create a crease
- Read and follow the heat bond instructions.
- But basically cut a piece of of heat bond the same size as the scrap.
- Iron the textured side of the heat bond to the wrong side of the scrap.
- Using your paper scissors trim around the letters by placing your printed font on top of the fabric and cutting out.
- position them on your name panel contrast fabric using the ironed crease to centre.
- remove the backing paper of the heat bond.
- Be sure of your positioning and iron in place.
at the sewing machine
- sew your label in place. (optional)
- starting 1/4” parallel either top or bottom of the name, sew a straight line until about 1/4”past the end of the last letter.
- turn the fabric 90 degrees towards the letters slowly stitch twice then turn the fabric 90 degree again and sew a straight line parallel to the first line.
- continue until you have done 1 line past the letters fix or backstitch.
- cut any threads, take to the iron and set the sewing both sides.
- admire then set aside.
Step 3, Main panel
- with the right sides together.
- sew the top of the name panel to the 13” x 16.5” main fabric
- the bottom of the name panel to the 21” x 16.5” creating a single piece.
- optional overlocking both seams created from the sewing.
- and the 4 sides of the sewn rectangle,
- cut any threads & set the seams by ironing.
please be careful while ironing. my husband is always hearing ouches from me when i am doing this so please be careful. and don't let children do this stage.
- iron the drawstring strip in half.
- open the strip and iron the edges to the middle using the centre crease you just created as a guide.
- then fold in half, iron again, set aside.
- using the main part of the bag on the wrong side of the fabric measure with your ruler 2”. put your finger on the spot.
- with your other hand turn the top of the bag in about a 1/2 inch. (i use the over locking edge as my mark.)
- with your forefinger and thumb, hold the creased edge and iron with the other hand. do this with all 4 corners.
- then iron the top edge down 1/4 inch. (once again I use the overlocked edge for my measurement.)
On the ironed strip.
- from about 8" on the string sew down the middle of the folded strip until about 8” to the end, set aside.
On the bag
- sew along the 2" ironed edges of both ends.
for the drawstring casing
- fold and iron 1 inch down on both sides and sew Backstitching at each end.
- pin right sides together, sew from the top to the bottom, to ensure no movement when sewing.
- I use 1/2” seam allowance here just to make sure I catch both sides. check to ensure you have caught both edges for a neat finish.
- insert the safety pin into one end of the string & thread it through both sides of the newly created casing.
- pull the string as far as you can.
- iron strings open if required, (easier this way)
- with right sides together at right angles sew together diagonally as shown. (like bias)
- trim & remove any threads, re-iron folded string and finish sewing.
you have completed the bag!! ready to share with you beloved little person....
I'd love to see Please show me if you have flickr.