Have you ever seen a cartoon where all the contents of a closet come piling out in an avalanche when the door is opened? Well, I had a cartoon event in my linen closet recently when I opened it to retrieve my hot glue gun and glue sticks for a project! It was comical!
It was time for me to do some serious organizing. I started with making this cute drawstring pouch to keep my hot glue gun and glue sticks in. I started with this because I have the perfect fabric that will take the guess work out of what’s inside that pouch, Art Class by Benartex Fabrics.
I love the size of this pouch, which can also be used as a gift bag.
LARGE LINED DRAWSTRING POUCH BY LOVEQUILTING.COM
Finished size 9” L x 9” W
2 Pieces 8” x 12” from Arts & Crafts White fabric from the Art Class collection by Benartex
2 Pieces 5” x 12” from Paint Wells Black fabric from the Art Class collection by Benartex
2 pieces 12-1/2” x 12” from lining fabric, Bali Basic Solids by Benartex, Cerulean
2 Pieces 1-1/2” x 35” from either fabric for draw strings
ALL SEAMS ARE 1/4”.
Sew 8” x 12” main fabric to 5” x 12” coordinating fabric. Press toward darker fabric and set aside.
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.
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. Repeat on the other side of that same main fabric piece.
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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