This post features my FIRST EVER Drawstring Bag! Can't tell you how pleased I am with myself.
I was determined to use only 2.5" squares from my stash and had originally decided on a blue, green, orange and yellow colourway. But when I set them out on my "Design Floor" (aka the carpet in my sewing room!) the arrangement didn't thrill me.
It looked dull and boring and very "un-zingy". So I left it, did something else and went back the next day when I decided to only keep the green squares and use pink and purple for the rest of the patchwork. Much better!
After that I added another row across and jiggled around with the placement a bit.
I have never made a proper Drawstring bag before and my friend Sarah suggested I follow an excellent tutorial on the Pink Penguin blog. It's actually for a Reversible Bag but I just used a piece of purple Moda marble fabric for the lining.
Then, as Sarah told me, I carefully followed the blog's instructions.
I have a real problem with Spatial Awareness so I couldn't see in my head how the instructions for joining the casing to the front of the bag and then to the lining would work out. But they did! I threaded 2 lengths of cord through the casing as instructed and - hey presto! - I had a bright, colourful Drawstring bag that worked!
And the drawn-up bag:
It measures 12" x 14" which I think should be the right size for a small pair of trainers, T shirt and shorts.
I have just popped round to Rosie's Granny's house with the two finished bags and she was equally delighted. Hope Rosie likes them too.
Isn't it a great feeling when you try something new and it works out well?
Just realised that I used 154 x 2.5" squares from my Stash and I didn't have to cut one specially for these projects. Proves that a few moments spent cutting scraps into squares when you finish a project does pay dividends. Now I need to cut more squares, especially pink, purple and green as I am virtually out of those colours.