Friday, 9 August 2013

Kids Personalised Drawstring Bag

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

kelliottmagic Drawstring Bag tutorial 

Hi Riley Blake Fans, My name is Kelly from kelliottmagic. 
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.

Supplies
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)
 Supplies
 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
 applique
  • 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.
 now is the time to add your optional label if you have one.
at the sewing machine
  •  sew your label in place. (optional)

applique
  • 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.
tip: apart from the 2 stitches at each end there are no rules on mm between the parallel lines I just use my sewing machine foot as a guide and if its crooked its part of the charm.
  • cut any threads, take to the iron and set the sewing both sides. 
  • admire then set aside.
Did you notice I changed my fabric? For the purpose of the tutorial these fabrics show the sewing a bit clearer in the photos.
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.
sewing name panel 
  • optional overlocking both seams created from the sewing.
  • and the 4 sides of the sewn rectangle,
  • cut any threads & set the seams by ironing. 
Step 4,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.
ironing drawstring
  • 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.
ironing
  • 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.)
Step 5, At the sewing machine
at the sewing machine step 5 
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. 
back at the machine
 On the bag 
  • sew along the 2" ironed edges of both ends. 
 take both items back to the iron trim any threads & set the seams.
for the drawstring casing
  •  fold and iron 1 inch down on both sides and sew Backstitching at each end.
 Step 6,Finishing
nearly finished
  • 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. 
sewing the string together. 
  • iron strings open if required, (easier this way)
  • with right sides together at right angles sew together diagonally as shown. (like bias)
the drawstring
  • trim & remove any threads, re-iron folded string and finish sewing. 
finished
you have completed the bag!! ready to share with you beloved little person....
Yeeehhhhhoooo!! 
I'd love to see Please show me if you have flickr.

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