Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our First Tutorial

Lots of firsts around here at Team Awesome this week! Be sure to check out our first giveaway and enter to win the adorable owl bag sewed by Alicia!

Following a fun dandee tutorial, I created little memory games that we are storing in handmade drawstring bags. Since I was making up a few more for friends, I thought I would put together a tutorial for the lined drawstring bags.


You'll need:

two coordinating fabrics
coordinating thread
a drawstring

And that's it! These really couldn't be any easier.

For this size bag, start with a 10" by 5" piece of your outside fabric. And, two 4" by 5" pieces of your lining fabric. Pin the right sides together like so:


Stitch a 1/4" seam allowance along the ends of your outside fabric. Then flip the lining fabric out and press the seams toward the lining. Once you turn that over, you'll have this:


Then, fold the whole piece in half, squaring the ends of the lining fabric (as best you can given your novice cutting skills) and pin together. Mark a 1/2" spot, 3 1/2" up from the fold of your outside fabric. Don't sew this spot, it will be the opening to your drawstring casing. You'll want to backstitch on either end of the gap.


Stitch the sides, skipping your marked gap. When you get to the end of the lining fabric, keep your needle in and turn the corner to begin stitching the base of the lining.


Do not stitch all the way across. Leave yourself a 1 1/2" gap, this is where you will pull the bag through to flip right side out. Again, be sure to backstitch on either end of the gap.


Once you have finished that, it's a good idea to clip your corners. This will help you get sharp corners when you turn the piece right side out.


Flip your piece out, through the gap you left in the lining fabric. Then, slipstitch the gap in the lining closed. You could topstitch if you'd like, but I find the hand slipstitch creates a smoother line inside your lining.

Then, push your lining down inside your bag. Remember that your lining is shorter than your outside fabric, so be sure to push the corners of the lining all the way in to the corners of the bag. You're almost done! Your bag will look like this:


And from the inside:


To sew a base for your casing, stitch a straight line all the way around the bag right above the spot where the lining fabric meets your outside fabric.

Now, it's time to put your drawstring in to your bag. If you're using cording that can easily unravel like mine, it helps to wrap a bit of tape around the end. Then, fold it over and push your safety pin through.


Thread your cording through and voila!

small lined drawstring bag tutorial



  1. Too cute, you guys make it look so easy! The second I saw that you had to use a sewing machine I got a little nervous. But maybe I'll brave it, and try!

  2. Way cute, I'll definitely be making some of these!

  3. Very cute and the instructions are great!

  4. Love it- you know that little moose button caught my eye ;-)

  5. My husband keeps saying we need one of these for our game pieces but I'm afraid of the sewing machine. I'll have to try this, thanks!

  6. Loving this!! Thank you so much for the tutorial!! Don't forget about my link party/giveaway tomorrow and every Friday at FFD! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  7. Very cute...Im trying to make one for our checkers pieces and am having a problem. Mine isn't stitched around the cording area (as seen in the picture above "and from the inside")...not sure when to do that step...Thanks

  8. You are absolutely right! Sorry about that!

    Once you flip the bag right side out and push the lining in, you need to sew a base for your casing. Just stitch in a straight line right above where the lining fabric meets the outside fabric inside the bag. Stitch all the way around. Then insert your cording.

    I'll update the tutorial. Thanks for the tip!

  9. Nice DIY project!
    On the same topic, you may be interested in our Memory game based on Tangram patterns.

    Free download at http://www.tangram-channel.com/tangram-memory-templates/