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01 August 2013

Simply Sewn || Drawstring Bag with Onel

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Get ready y'all! This is a good one!  Onel is going to knock your socks off with this super simple, super cute felt drawstring bag.  Use it for kid's puzzles, small toys and craft supplies or use them yourself for storing laundry supplies, a journal and pen for on-the-go writing or maybe even as a mini-backpack?!?  The options are literally endless!  Now break out that sewing needle and let's get crackin'!

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Hello friends! It's Onel again here to share another easy sewing tutorial :) We are making a bag today, a really easy bag that you can make in less than an hour (or 30 minutes if you are a fast sewer). Gather your materials and tools ready and let's jump to the tutorial!

What you need:

  1. Fabric; 
  2. String;
  3. Cardboard;
  4. Needle & Thread or Sewing Machine;
  5. Scissors.
DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 1: Cut a 20 cm x 45 cm and 2 circles with the diameter of 14 cm.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 2: Lay out the rectangular felt and fold the upper part 2 cm downward.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 3: Pin the fold with sewing pins to keep the fold in position.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 4: Stitch the fold. Do leave a gap of 2 cm in the center.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 5: Cut a straight line where the gap is.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 6: Form a cylinder by meeting both ends. Folded part in front.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 7: Stitch them together to hold the shape.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 8: Cut a dia. 13.5 cm circle on a piece of thick cardboard.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 9: Insert the circular cardboad in between two pieces of circular felt you have cut in the beginning and close stitch them.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 10: Attach the circle to the bottom of the cylinder.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 11: Get 2 stripes of string. Insert one of them through the gap that is formed by the fold
 and loop it one round through the cylinder and back. 
Tie a knot. Repeat for the other stripe, the other way round.

DIY Tutorial: Simple Drawstring Bag | onelmon via. A Nest for All Seasons

Step 12: Insert your stuff. Pull the strings away from each other. Yes, you are ready to go!

P.S. I think I should consult Amy to change my contribution post's theme to felt sewing rather than just sewing as I have been using felt for the three consecutive tutorials. But really, you can always substitute felt for any other kinds of fabric. I'm just using them because they are pattern-less, making it easier to show the stitches ;) Hope you enjoy this simple tutorial! :D


I love felt Onel!!!  PERFECT for beginners!  
If you want to check out more brilliant tutorials from our very own sewing ninja Onel, visit her blog Onelmon!

To check out her previous posts (along with all the other contributors!), 
you can now find them under the contributor posts button at the top of the blog or simply click HERE!


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