Kids + Summer Time = Lots of Fun Adventures!
With the weather being hot, I find myself often distributing water bottles, small snacks and my kids favorite toys to take on their adventures. But what do you put all these little things in? I’ll show you how to make a drawstring bag!
- 2 pieces of fabric, 11 1/2 inches by 15 inches
- A few scraps of fabric
- Heat Bond Iron-on Transfer Paper (The kind you can sew on)
- An Iron and ironing board
- Sewing Machine and matching threads
- Ribbon/cording/or thin rope (110 inches)
- Fray Check
This tutorial will show you how to make the flower version of the Adventure Pack, since the flower is a little more complex then the dinosaur.
*All my sewing stitch lengths will be done with a 1/2 inch.
FIRST, WE’LL SEW THE FLOWER:
1. Get your Heat and Bond transfer paper and trace a flower and leaves. I free-handed a flower with 3 petals of the same shape just varying in size.
2. Grab your scraps of fabric and iron the Heat and Bond shapes onto your fabric.
3. Take off the paper from the heat and bond and iron the leaves on first. Find where you like it placed best, but remember you will be making a 1/2 inch seam along 3 of the sides and also adding button holes at the bottom of the bag, so leave adequate space.
4. Sew down the two leaves.
5. Then take the paper off the largest flower and iron it on and then sew it down as well.
NEXT, WE’LL SEW THE BAG:
6. Pin the two bag pieces of fabric together with right sides facing in. Pin 3 of the sides leaving the top of the bag open.
7. You are going to start sewing about 2-3 inches down from the top of the bag. DO NOT start at the very top. This unsewn part is where the casing will be made at the end. If you have sewn it you will be unpicking stitches- let’s avoid that if possible!
8. Take a look at my unsewn top part so you can see how much I left.
9. Iron the stitching open. Even the top part that you did not sew.
NOW LET’S MAKE THE CASINGS:
11. Sew down each side of the casing.
MAKE ROOM FOR THE RIBBON:
12. Turn your bag right side out and iron it flat. Then, make a button hole on both corners of the bottom of the bag.
13. Use your seam ripper and rip open the button hole and then fray check the fabric you ripped open.
14. Cut two ribbons to 55 inches in length and grab a the tool you will use to push the ribbon through.
LET’S ADD THE RIBBON:
15. For each side, start threading your ribbon through the bottom of the bag. Thread through the button hole, up through the front casing, through the back casing, then back down to the bottom.
16. Even the ribbon out so it is equal lengths and then tie it off at the bottom. The ribbon on each side the top should pull closed.
Now, you have completed your pack!!
Here is a Dinosaur version:
Happy Summer Adventures!
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This post originally featured on Somewhat Simple in June 2011.
It was written by Tasha from Creation Corner who wrote as our Kid’s Craft Contributor.