As we continue our blog posts with free tutorials for travel accessories, this week we focused on designing a drawstring pouch. The inspiration for this pouch came from the need to keep our international power converter, it’s plug and various plug adapters all together in one place.
We are very pleased with the result and have already had a request from my husband to make one for his headphones. This could also be used for jewelry or other valuables to keep organized when traveling.
LINED DRAWSTRING POUCH BY LOVEQUILTING.COM
Finished size 9” L x 9” W
2 Pieces 10” x 10” from main fabric
2 pieces 10” x 10” from lining fabric
2 Pieces 1-1/2” x 30” from either fabric OR 2 pieces 3/8” x 30” gros grain ribbon
ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”.
If using fabric for drawstrings, using iron, fold each one in half lengthwise and press. Open up, then press each raw edge to the pressed line and press again. Fold in half lengthwise and press, clip and sew. If you are using ribbon, skip this step.
On the wrong side of one main fabric piece, measure and make a mark 1-1/2” from top, then 1” down from that mark.
With right sides together, sew both main fabric pieces from top to mark, backstitch, skip to next mark and sew to bottom of each side, backstitching at the mark. Press side seams open and stitch around opening. Sew bottom of main fabric pieces.
On the wrong side of one lining piece, measure from center 1” in each direction and make a mark. With right sides together with both lining pieces, sew down the side and across the bottom up to one mark. Backstitch at the mark. Repeat at other side stopping at other mark. Backstitch at the mark. This will leave a 2” gap for turning later.
Mark a 1” x 1” square on the bottom corner, both sides of the main fabric bag and the bag lining.
Open the corner so the side seam and bottom seam line up and the line you just drew front and back line up. Sew on that line. This should be done on all corners – two on the main fabric bag and two on the bag lining.
Turn lining right side out and place inside main fabric bag so right sides are together. Match up side seams and sew along top edge. Pull lining out and reaching through the gap at the bottom of lining, pull bag through so both main bag and lining are facing right sides out. Press gap in lining and zig zag closed.
Push lining back into bag making sure to have nice square corners. Top stitch at top edge.
Stitch a row of stitching at the top of the drawstring opening and at the bottom of the drawstring opening. Use a mark on your machine’s throat plate or place a piece of painter’s tape to use as a guide so your stitching will be parallel to the top edge.
Using a safety pin, feed one end of one drawstring through one opening in the main bag. Feed that drawstring all the way through so it comes out the same opening it started in. Feed one end of the other drawstring through the opposite opening and feed it all the way through so that it comes out the opening it started in.
Tie a knot at the end of each drawstring end.
Fill your bag with your goodies, then pull on the drawstrings to close.
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