Monday, August 6, 2012

DIY tutorial: floral bag

My most recently completed project is this fun floral bag.  I think it's from an old sheet that my sister got from my grandma, and I love the print!
This project was super easy.  Cut a rectangle of fabric.  The piece I found was 46 in x 18 in, so I just used that amount, and I think it ended up in a nice size.  Fold all four sides towards the center 5/8 in, making sure to fold the right side in, and pin.
The short ends will fold over the top of the long ends.  Sew directly down the middle of all four seams.  (This is one of those projects that is all straight seams, so you can put the "pedal to the metal!":)
 Fold both short ends up 3 inches and pin.
Mark a line 1.25 in down from the first stitches.
 Pin between the stitches and the marked line (this way you don't have to move the pins:).  Sew along the marked line, and then sew over the top of the original stitches.  This will create a casing for the ribbon.  Repeat on the other side.
Fold the material in half so that both casings match up.  Pin along both sides.
Sew down both sides, along the top of the original stitches.  Start on the bottom row of stitches of the casing.
For the drawstring, I used to wide ribbons (the kind that is the handle for Ann Taylor bags?  Love!)  Both ends were already knotted, so I just used that to pull them through the casings.  But if you use a cord or some other material, put a safety pin through the end and use that to thread them through the casing.  Put the ribbon through one side of the casing and then turn and put it through the other side.  Repeat with the second ribbon.  Tie the ribbons together.
And your bag is finished!  I love the combination of the floral print and the grey ribbon.  I hope to show you soon what I'll be putting into this bag:)
Happy Monday!


  1. This is a pretty pattern, a leftover huh? Cute little bag for just about anything. Found you at nifty thrifty sunday

  2. I love projects that give new life to something old. This is adorable and very practical. Found you from Tip Tuesday and thought you might like this post It's not what I showed for the party, but since you're a sewer you might appreciate my new sewing machine.

  3. man i wish i could sew - this is so cute! stopping by from the diy dreamer's linky. hope you'll come visit me at

  4. Oh!!! What a great tutorial! Love the bag!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  5. Lovely. You're right, the grey ribbon was the perfect touch. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

  6. What a cute pairing! I'm interested in what's going inside!

  7. your fabric choice is adorable!! Thanks for linking to the first every craft link at Tasteful Tuesdays! Hope you come back again this week and show off your stuff! Party Opens tonight at 8:30.

  8. Old sheets can be so pretty! Drawstring bags are so handy too!

  9. Pretty bag and great tutorial. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  10. what a pretty bag. I especially love the fabric you used. Thanks for sharing this to the Crafty Saturday party. I hope to see you again this week!



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