The second Sewing School lesson is for the drawstring bags we made in Sewing Club. I got some help from a little Kindergarten sewer. This was my first time making drawstring bags with kids and they did a great job! We also talked a lot about sewing on the "wrong side of the fabric" so that it looks nice and neat when the bag was finished.
Step 1: Trace and cut the pattern out of fabric. We use chalk to trace. The pattern is 14 x 7 for a finished bag size of 6 x 6. You can make the bag bigger if you need room for more treats!
Step 2: Fold the bag with the "good sides" together. **Note - if you are using a fabric that goes in one direction, you will need to cut the fabric in half first.
Step 3: Sew up sides using a running or overcast stitch. Use small stitches so you won't have holes!
Step 4: Fold down about 1/2 - 1 inch at the top opening.
Step 5: Carefully sew a small running stitch at the bottom of the fold. We started at a seam and then sewed all the way around. Be sure to leave a little hole at the beginning and the end for the ribbon.
Step 6: Cut ribbon so that it goes around the bag 1 and 1/2 times.
Step 7: Fasten a safety pin on one end of the ribbon and guide it through the casing at the top. Some sewers may need help with this, but I always get them to try first.
Step 8: Take off the safety pin and tie the ends together in a knot.
Step 9: Turn your bag right side out and fill with treats!
There are tons of variations on this pattern - once you know how to do a drawstring, the ideas are limitless! Have fun and Happy Halloween!