QUICK & CHIC: This patchwork-look drawstring bag is so quick to sew that it can instantly be put to good use. What does it carry? Our gym clothes or necessities for an evening out …
Does double duty as a bag for a night on the town or as a backpack for sports! First download the free draft-it-yourself diagram here.
Original fabric/requirements: Black cotton fabric: 1.00 × 0.50 m (11/8 × 5/8 yds). Black and white striped cotton fabric: 0.60 × 0.50 m (3/4 × 5/8 yd). Salmon colored satin: 0.45 × 0.45 m (5/8 × 5/8 yd).
- 3 different fabrics (see above)
- Small piece of metallic leather
- Zipper 16 cm (6") long
- Seam tape (T10 from Vilene/Pellon)
- 4 metal eyelets with washers Ø 8 mm (¼")
- Hole punch
- Chalk pencil
- 3.50 m (4 yds) of cord (Ø 5 mm/ 3/16")
- Fusible web
- Tape measure
- Clips (buy here)
- Piece of buckram
- Safety pin
- Draft-it-yourself diagram (download here for free)
Step 1: Pin pattern pieces to fabrics. With ruler and chalk pencil, draw 1.5 cm (5/8") wide seam allowances. Cut out fabric pieces.
Step 2: Adhere pairs of leather loop pieces together, with the help of fusible web.
Step 3: Press allowances on both front pieces to wrong side. Pin zipper under these edges.
Step 4: Edgestitch in place.
Step 5: Pin front unit with zipper to bag piece (piece 4), with right sides of both layers facing up. Baste edges together.
Step 6: On piece 1, iron seam tape to wrong side of angled seam edge. Stitch this piece to the unit sewn in steps 3 and 4.
Step 7: Lay front and back together, right sides facing. Stitch together, 1.5 cm (5/8") from edges, catching leather loops.
Step 8: Mark positions of metal eyelets. On inner side, lay buckram over marked positions.
Step 9: Iron into place.
Step 10: Punch the holes.
Step 11: Place the eyelets through…
Step 12: … And hammer!
Step 13: Press upper edge to wrong side, 5.5 cm (2¼") wide. Turn raw edge under, 1.5 cm (5/8") wide. Pin then edgestitch in place.
Step 14: Using a safety pin as bodkin, run cord through loops and eyelets, from right and from left.
Step 15: Knot cord ends.