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reversible drawstring bags

Drawstring Bags

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Quick and easy reversible drawstring bag pattern! Stitch contrast layers together, add casing and feed through laces. Creates a roomy 11" x 20" bag with inside 11" x 15" usable area (casing is 1" and ruffle is 4")

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One lace is pulled through casing and tied for each side. You end up with a reversible draw string bag, fully functional on both sides.

Supplies Required:

Two 1-yard pieces 1/4" lace or ribbon
1/3 yard fabric (42" width)
1/3 yard contrast fabric (42" width)
Thread (to match background - or use contrast color)

NOTE: if your fabric is directional and runs the lengh of the fabric, you will need 1/2 yard of fabric, rather than 1/3 yard.

Sewing Supplies: scissors, quilting pins, large sewing ruler, fabric marking pencils, seam ripper, pins

hint: quilting pins are easier to use than regular pins; a tupperware box works well as a supply box.

Note: all seams are 1/4 inch. Always iron between steps.

1.   Cut two 20.5" x 11.5" pieces from each fabric selection.

The drawing on the right shows layout for multi-directional fabric, using 1/3 yard, or unidirectional fabric with pattern running lengthwise, using 3/4 yard. The drawings are not exactly to scale, but pieces do fit as shown.

You will have a total of 4 pieces of fabric when finished, each measuring 20.5" x 11.5".
fabric layout

2.   Lay out two pieces of the same fabric. Place them right sides together, aligning all edges. Stitch across bottom of bag, using a 1/4" seam. Measure 15" up from the bottom stitch line on one side edge of the bag and mark with a fabric marker or pin. Make another mark 1" above the first mark. Repeat on other side. Pin layers together along sides.

Stitch from the bottom seam up one side to the 15" mark. STOP. Leave the 1" area between marks open. Stitch from the upper mark to the top edge. Repeat on opposite side of bag. The 1" opening is needed for the casing.

Your bottom seam and side seams are now finished.
stitch bag

3.   Press upper raw edge under 1/4". Press side seams open. Stitch close to edge of seam allowance next to casing opening.

press seams finish open area

4.    Turn bag right side out.

5.   Repeat steps 1-3 with the second fabric.

6.   Lay bags side by side, with one right side out and one wrong side out. finished layers

7.   Place the inside out bag inside of the right side out bag. Pin bags together, aligning side seams. Stitch bags together by topstitching around the top, aligning top edges and stitching close to upper edge.

8.   Find the opening on each side seam of the bag. Place a ruler on the bag and draw a straight line (or mark with pins) across the bag just above and just below the side openings, stitching through both layers. This creates your casing.

NOTE: Be sure your side openings are lined up before you stitch the lines.
stitch casings

9.   Attach a safety pin to one of of a lace. Run the lace through one opening, around the casing and out the same opening. Tie off ends of lace to prevent ends from fraying.

NOTE: I used the opposite side opening for my second lace, rather than the same opening I had used for my first lace. It decreases bulk and makes the ties easier to work with when they are on opposite sides - just my opinion.
add lace


10.   With the bag totally open at the top, tie the lace ends together to keep them from slipping into the casing. Turn your bag "inside out" so that the second fabric is now on the outside. Repeat step 9 above.
add lace to second side

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