It's Not in the Bag

It is the bag!

I was the recipient of a bunch of scraps of beautiful fabrics that ate a creative hole in my pocket. What to do? Then I discovered that with some very simple straight seams I could make a reversible drawstring bag.

Cut two pieces of fabric the same size. With right sides together, sew a seam and press open. (don't be confused, my plaid fabric is the same on both sides - I did place right sides together)

Now fold the fabrics in half longwise and sew the short ends and along the sides, stopping about 3/4" before the first seam. (see below) This is where you will turn the bag inside out and make the channel for the drawstring. Clip the four corners.

Turn the bag inside out through the little opening and carefully use your scissors or other pointed blunt object to push out the corners.

Invert one side of the tube inside the other to form the bag. Fold the raw edges of the opening inside itself and sew a half inch channel around the opening. Attach a cord or thin ribbon to a safety pin and thread it inside the channel. Inch it along until the pin comes out the other side. Remove the pin and trim the ends of the ribbon. 

In less than 20 minutes (I'm a slow sewer) you will have a double sided bag, perfect for your unmentionables or even those things you wish to mention.


Sarah @ The Pumpkin Patch said...

What a cute little bag! And using it for unmentionables is a fantastic idea! Then when my kids rummage through my purse they might not end up all over the place. :)

Thanks for linking to Messy Monday!!

Willow said...

What a clever idea and a cute one at that.


NanaDiana said...

Very very cute idea! My granddaughter is just learning to sew and I think this is a project she might be able to do...would make great teacher gifts with some homemade goodies tucked inside. Thanks for the idea! Diana

Ginger said...

Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Amber said...

I like organization and there fore I like all sorts of bags thansk for sharing!

OrloSubito said...

what a cute a fast bag:-)beautiful

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Great idea. It looks great. w

Kim said...

What a great use of your scraps. Thanks for the tutorial.

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

Love the idea! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Sachiko said...

Great idea! Thank you for linking to my party!

Crystal said...

How cute! I love quick and easy projects.

Miri said...

Cute bag and definitely the easiest "lining" instructions I've ever read!

Linda said...

Your blog is full of great ideas Gail ......I have enjoyed paying you a visit :-)

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Super cute project! :) Love the fabric you used. Please add a link back to me or my party button to your post. I rely on those link-backs to get the word out. Thanks.

Dawn said...

cute bag-would be great for wrapping a small present too!

Meg said...

Ha! Very true. Great idea and wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Hi from NFF! What a cute idea - this would be a perfect knitting needle holder!

Brambleberry Cottage said...

Great use of those scraps. I need to get busy and start using up all the scrap fabric I'm accumulating. One day...maybe.

Thanks for linking to my party. I would love to have you join me each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

Julie @ Frugal and Fabulous Design said...

Thank you so much for linking up to Fab Friday -


Seams Inspired said...

Lovely! Thanks for the tutorial too. Visiting from Sew&Tell. Thanks for sharing. Happy Sewing! :o) Larri at Seams Inspired

Rene' said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing!

amylouwho said...

I love easy peasy little bags like this!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

What a great reuse for fabric remants- your bag turned out cute!

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DeluxxPTC said...

Remove the pin and trim the ends of the ribbon. mr bean

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