I am not a real fan of drawstring bags; however, 3 things have induced me to make one.
1. I am working on a market bag with a very loose weave. It seemed to me the drawstring bag would hold the project better.
2. I inherited a huge amount of hand-embroidered linens from my mother and grandmother and am looking for ways to make them usable in modern life.
3. I found Craftsy and took their drawstring bag class as a free sample.
The class was very basic, designed for beginning sewists; however, if you don’t want to watch the videos, the printable cutting diagrams and instructions are included in the free class. I made my bag a little taller and sewed triangles across the inside bottom corners to make the bag stand up better. The instructor, Kristin Link, discusses this option in the video. I love the drawstrings on this bag. It opens and closes very easily.
I combined modern fabrics, the green/white print and the pink lining, with one of my mother’s embroidered linens. Also, I wanted to add some modern embroidery to the linens, combining the old and the new. I used built-in stitches from my sewing machine, as well as embroidery to write “Knit” on the bag in a cool font. Here is the result!
Now I need to make a Stitch Hoodie to match! Especially for this project, where the yarn is so loose it easily falls off the needles.
I have since enrolled in other Craftsy classes – Natalie Chanin’s hand-embellished knit class and Sandra Betzina’s pants fitting class. It is so nice to be able to attend class with these great teachers at one’s own pace. So, more of those experiences to come here on the blog.
Also, I have a LOT of linens to modernize and will be showing off those projects here on the blog as well. Next on that agenda is an apron using the linens.