Just popping in to share something I made for a Christmas present ~ one of Jenni Baker's drawstring bags. When I saw this floating around the blogisphere a while ago, I knew it was on my someday list. Now I'm wondering why I waited so long! This is the easiest and clearest written pattern I've used in quite a while.
I had accumulated a few sewing items to stick in Molly's stocking but at the last minute, decided to 'wrap' them in one of these bags ~ a good excuse to try the pattern. Pulling some sewing-themed fabric from the stash (pincushion fabric from Kaufman's 'Cut and Sew' group and needle fabric from Aneela Hoey's 'Sew Stitchy' group), I did a little measuring to decide on the best size and it was completed in a little over an hour. One of the best things about this project is that it only requires fabric and thread! I was happily surprised that the fabric drawstrings seem to stay closed without tying them. If you chose the ribbon option, that probably wouldn't be the case.
The link above is to a tutorial Jenni offered on her blog for one size of the bag. However, she sells a PDF pattern for 8 size variations plus a worksheet to figure your own custom bag size, so you can purchase, download and start sewing right away. My bag is the Project Bag, the next size up from the one she makes in her free tutorial. Really, once you see the variety of sizes available, your head will be spinning with ideas on how to use them. There are lots of clever versions and charming fabric combinations online but the most enticing was this group which I came across on Pinterest. How can you resist?