Sunday, October 16, 2011

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I love making bags! In my opinion, you can never have too many. Especially little bags, they are just so handy! I whipped up one of these bags right before Sewing Summit to carry my DSLR camera and thought you all might enjoy a little tutorial to make your own!

They don't use much fabric, so even if your stash is small, you can make these bags! I use them for everything, they can hold a lot! Would make a great gift, or the perfect eco-friendly, reusable wrapping!

*For additional sizes and custom sizing check out the pattern version here.

Lined Drawstring Bag by Jeni Baker
Lined Drawstring Bag, a photo by Jeni Baker on Flickr.
The best part for me of course, was choosing the fabrics! I choose a focus fabric (the animal print!), for the exterior, and then pulled colors from there to use as the coordinating exterior, ties, and interior. Notice my focus fabric is directional (meaning it has a clear "top" and "bottom"). I've written the tutorial to work with directional prints.

Optional: For added structure, you may choose to add interfacing to your bags, but it is not necessary.  I’d recommend using interfacing only on the Exterior Main pieces.  Using it on the Exterior Accent would interfere with the drawstring!

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Sewing Level: Beginner Friendly

Materials:
- 3 fat quarters
- 2 yards of ribbon, or 1/8 yd fabric
- Coordinating thread
- Acrylic ruler
- Large safety pin
- Water soluble pen

Seam allowance: 1/4" unless noted
Finished size: Approx. 10" tall, 7" wide

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Cutting:
From Exterior Main Fabric:
- Cut (1) 9”x22” strip
- Subcut into (2) 9”x10.5” pieces

From Exterior Accent Fabric:
- Cut (1) 4”x22” strip
- Subcut into (2) 4”x10.5” pieces

From Interior Fabric:
- Cut (1) 12.5”x22” strip
- Subcut into (2) 12.5”x10.5” pieces

If using fabric for ties:
- Cut (2) 32”x2” strips

If using ribbon for ties:
- Cut (2) 32" pieces

Bag Construction:
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.

*Use a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted*

1. Arrange your pieces as shown in the above diagram: Interior, Exterior Accent, Exterior Main, Exterior Main, Exterior Accent, Interior.  Be sure to arrange directional prints with the “top” of the print facing out, towards the interior pieces.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
2. Sew all your pieces together in this order, creating one long strip. Backstitch when you start and stop. Press your seams open.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
3. Fold your sewn strip in half, right sides together, matching the interior ends. Pin along the raw edges, leaving a 3" space at the center of the open end (interior), for turning later.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
4. On both sides, mark a 1" opening in the center of the exterior accent piece. Measuring from one side of the exterior accent, mark at 1.25" and 2.25". These two smalls sections will be left unsewn, creating an opening for the drawstrings.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
5. Sew along the three open sides, backstitching when you start and stop.  Don’t sew between the 1” opening you marked on both sides of the 3" opening.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
6. To create the flat bottom of your bag, we need to box all four corners (2 interior, 2 exterior).

Starting with an interior corner, wiggle both interior pieces apart, flattening the corner (where the seams meet).  Line up the bottom and side seams, wiggling them between your fingers to feel that they are lined up. You may find this is easier if you first press the seams open a few inches in each direction.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
7. Lay your acrylic ruler across the corner, lining up the diagonal edge of your piece with the 45˚ angle line.  The stitching line should line up at 1.5" (as shown above).  Draw a line 3" wide across the corner using a water soluble pen.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
8. Sew on this line, across the corner.  Backstitch when you start and stop.  Trim off the corner, leaving a 1/4” seam.

Repeat steps 6-8 for the remaining interior corner and both exterior corners.


If you need additional help adding boxing the corners of your bag, watch this video demonstration I taped at Quilt Market with the Fat Quarter Shop!

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
9. Turn your piece right sides out, pulling through the opening in the interior. Gently push out the corners. Press the lining opening under 1/4” and stitch closed with a small seam allowance.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
10. Nestle the interior into the exterior. Press along the top.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
11. Find the 1” opening you left on each side of the bag. Mark a small horizontal line at the top and bottom of the opening. Using your acrylic ruler, extend the lines around the entire bag.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
12. Sew all the way around your piece on the lines you marked. Backstitch at the start and finish. You’ll have two stitch lines when you’re done, one above and one below the 1” openings.  This is the casing for the drawstrings.

Now it’s time to make your ties. If you’re using ribbon, skip to step 18. 

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
13. Take your fabric strips and fold down 1/4” on each short edge, wrong sides together. Press. Topstitch to secure.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
14. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.  Press.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
15. Unfold, and fold each raw edge into the crease you just created. Press.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
16. Fold in half again and press.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
17. Topstitch along the open edge to close with a very small seam allowance. Repeat steps 13-17 to create the second tie.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
18. Attach a safety pin to one end of your ribbon or fabric tie.  Insert the safety pin into one of the side openings.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
19. Wiggle it through, passing the other opening, pulling it all the way back around and out the opening where you started.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
20. Even out your the ends and tie together in a tight knot. Repeat with the remaining tie, starting at the other side opening.

*If you’re using ribbon instead of fabric ties, you may choose to treat the ends with Fray-Check to prevent fraying.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
Voila! You're done!


Ready to make some more? Check out the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern which includes 8 sizes and instructions for creating your own custom size!


Don't forget you can easily customize your bags by incorporating patchwork! For three kinds of striped bags, see this tutorial.

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by jenib320
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
If you make a bag, I hope you'll add a photo to the In Color Order Flickr Group!

Enjoy!

196 comments:

  1. Very cute!!! My girls would love a few of these to keep goodies in. :)

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  2. Pretty bag and great tutorial! Thanks!

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  3. great tut .... love the fabric choices ... pink is me! (uh, as well as yellow, teal, gray, ... LOL) ... darlene

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    1. I like all colors :D I have no preference!! But I *DO* know what I'm doing this afternoon!!! :D

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  4. Thank you for the tutorial! This bag is very cute:-)

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  5. these are perfect Jeni, thank you

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  6. This is so pretty and your instructions are really clear - can't wait to try it out!

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  7. It's so great Jeni - can't wait to make a few for us!!

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  8. Fabulous bag! Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  9. I love it! I'm making a whole bunch! Thanks :-)

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  10. Great looking tutorial! Thanks for the share.

    Question though, what program do you use when you made the little diagram picture (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenib/6249692017/)? Very curious! :) Thanks.

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    1. I use Adobe Illustrator to create all my diagrams!

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  11. Спасибо Вам большое за Ваши мастер-классы!!!

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  12. Большое Вам спасибо за Ваши мастер-класс!!!

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  13. Beautiful bag and great tutorial.Thanks!!

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  14. I love this. Definitely going to make some soon! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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  15. Cute bag and very easy looking to make (an afternoon). Good idea for Christmas gifts. Thanks Sandra

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  16. Thanks so much for this detailed tutorial. I can't wait to make them. I plan to make a series of them in various sizesfor my daughter for travel bags (shoes, delicates, electronics, hair stuff, etc.)

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  17. Thanks for the tutorial, Jeni. I needed a little bag to make for my niece to go with the little birthday outfit I made her. I'll post to your flickr group tomorrow.
    xo di

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  18. This is a great bag for so many things, especially a little gift bag that would be used over and over by the recipient I'm sure.
    Thank you for the great tutorial.

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  19. beautiful jeni! I love it. can't have too many bags!

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  20. Now that's a bag I think I could make! Wish me luck!

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  21. How cute it is! Thanks for the tutorial,
    Silke

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  22. Super cute! I'm going to make these with K the next time she has a day off from school. :) Thanks!

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  23. so adorable! I love the pink and gray one. I want to make one of these for packing up all my chargers when I travel!

    Actually, after seeing your other bag post, I think I'm just really going to make bags for everything, and then put each bag in my suitcase!
    :)

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  24. This is awesome! I really need to make me one. You always think of such great ideas.

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  25. Thank you for the tutorial! what a great bag! I think I'm going to make one to match a quilt I just made as a bonus gift!

    LauraJ_Sews

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  26. Gee - Cute little bag, Jeni! I love your tutorials - they're very easy to follow. I also love your color sense and all the photo eye candy on your blog. Just wish I could sew up so much stuff as fast as you do!

    Beth in Colorado

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  27. Jeni, such a fun tutorial! I made one tonight and plan to make more tomorrow! I will be sure to add them to the Flickr group!

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  28. I'm TOTALLY making some of these this week! Maybe Friday with the ILs take the kids off my hands. :)

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  29. Thank you for this! I just made a Halloween version that will hold candy nicely. :-)

    Kris

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  30. Thank you for a great tutorial.
    The fabric combination is so lovely!

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  31. I'm so behind on blog reading! Your new tutorial is adorable, Jeni! I can think of a few purposes for these bags. Thanks for sharing!

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  32. YAY! That's going to be PERFECT for my knitting! Thanks for the how-to, I'll be linking.

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  33. Thanks for such a great tutorial. I have just finished a couple of these bags and it was certainly the simplest way to make a great looking casing.
    I will definitely make them again.

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  34. Your fabric print choices are just so pretty and the bags don't look very expensive to make. These will make great gifts this holiday! Thanks for the idea and the tutorial:-)

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  35. This is such a fantastic way to make these. Thank you!

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  36. Gostei...
    super fácil de ser feito, mas nunca tinha visto como fazer dessa maneira

    Muito obrigada por compartilhar...
    abraços de MF

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  37. Joined your tutorial following a link from Comfortstitching: lovely tutorial, the best I've seen! (and I've seen a few!!) x

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  38. Hi Jeni! Your blog is so cut. Sorry my english, but i try to not use the google translation. I need to remember "my english school".
    The bag is so beautiful, and the tutorial is perfect. Thank you.
    I have joined to your blog.
    I have a blog too.
    www.agulhas-soltas.blogspot.com

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  39. Great tut! I made 3 today! Thanks:)

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  40. Oh my gosh that is so adorable! I will so be making one of these.

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  41. this tutorial was fabulous. I used it to make some lined 'santa sacks' for a friend's kids (they are pillow-case size). thanks again :) Lindsey

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  42. Thank you - this is so clear, and beautiful pictures.

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  43. Fab tutorial and wonderful colour choices! Just found your blog and am now following, love it!

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  44. A funtastic bag, thanks for the tutorial! It's so cute.

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  45. A clearly presented tutorial! Nice job, and thanx!

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  46. Very cute! I just finished one up and will upload it in a minute. Very simple directions! Thank you

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  47. I'm totally making this today Jeni! Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  48. Hello, I've just arrived via Film in the Fridge, absolutely love the look of this tutorial :-) It will work perfectly with a piece of butterfly fabric I have had for a while, can't wait to get started, thank you.

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  49. This is such a clear tutorial. thank you!

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  50. Just made one! Fabulous tutorial! :) Thank you!

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  51. This bag is great! Now I know what I want to make next!

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  52. Oh my goodness I can hardly wait to make one of these!! Adorable.

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  53. WONDERFUL tutorial!!! Super easy to follow and fast to make! Great project! Thank you!!!!

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  54. Thank you so much for sharing this great tutorial! The bags are darling and I just finished making 2 to ship off to a little girl who is waiting for a heart and her brother. I made pillowcases to put inside. I know that I will be making many, many more! They are so fun and quick!

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  55. Just found your blog. Great tutorial. Will use some for Christmas gifts instead of paper.

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  56. Yeah, whoopie, yippee yeah...... I just made one of these and it's fab!!! Thanks for a brilliant tutorial that even I could follow successfully (apart from getting the main fabric sideways on - but who cares - for a first go that's good). I am going to make another one right away xxx

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  57. Okay, I have to tell you. These are addictive!

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  58. Such a cute little bag! Thanks so much for the wonderful tutorial. I am going to try to make a slightly bigger bag...any suggestions? :)
    Thanks!
    Sabrina

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    1. I have a pattern version available with 7 additional sizes and instructions for making a custom sized bag! - http://incolororder.bigcartel.com/product/lined-drawstring-bag-pdf-pattern

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  59. Im making the first of a million of these today. Thanks Jeni!

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  60. Thanks for such a great tutorial Jeni! I made a bag to send my #ssswap stuff in. I'll take a pic and post it to the group tomorrow. Looking forward to your pattern with different bag sizes.

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  61. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Just made the first of many I think :-)

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  62. I am making this darling little bag with fat quarters and am stumped on the interior dimensions.

    How are you able to get two interior pieces cut 12.5"x10.5" out of one fat quarter that is 18" x 22"?

    Thank you for your help!
    Jane

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    1. You'll want to cut a 12.5"x22" strip from your fat quarter, and then cut that strip down into (2) 10.5"x12.5" pieces!

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  63. Hello.....

    I have made three of these now, and just blogged about them with a link to your tutorial..

    http://sewasecondchance.blogspot.com/2011/11/whats-been-made-in-november.html

    Thanks again x

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  64. I made some fab ones using this pattern in halloween fabric as ToT bags and they were awesome. Thank you for a super easy tutorial and sharing your ideas. much appreciated
    Raven UK

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  65. awesome tutorial!, just in time for Xmas too. everyones getting one!!. thanks Jeni.

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  66. Just finished the first of many of these drawstring bags (photo is on the Flikr group page) -- thanks for the tutorial, Jeni. I customized this one, it is quilted, and the next three will have name patches stitched on for my grandchildren. Fun!

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  67. I keep seeing the link to this post every where. I think I am gonna have to give it a try. Very cute.

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  68. This is the best drawstring bag design, ever! I've been trying to get around that leaving-space-for-the-string problem and have yet to figure out an easy way. I'm going to give this a try for sure!

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  69. Thank you so much for this tutorial.

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  70. This is such a fantastic tutorial, thank you! I've just made 2 today and can see many more in my future!!
    I've blogged about it (and you!) here:
    http://charmaboutyou.blogspot.com/2011/12/making-last-minute-gifts.html

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  71. I am a new-ish sewer, largely self-taught, and I have been aching to make drawstring bags for myself and fellow knitters and as easy as they are *supposed* to be, they have left me mystified and disappointed until this tutorial. I really can't thank you enough!!!! It's so clearly written and the pictures are fantastic. It couldn't have been easier and I adore the result! I appreciate you sharing so much!!!!

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  72. I love your fabric choices!!! I made two. They are very cute! I'm going to make more.

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  73. Jeni, I loved just quickly sewing three of these bags for wrapping gifts!! Thank you for this tutorial, they are so darling :) Bet I make a bunch more.

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  74. Thank you for that lovely tutorial, here's my attempt at a drawstring bag for a sock knitting kit. http://judiknitsandsews.blogspot.com/2011/12/drawstring-bag.html

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  75. I love this tut! I have made a lot of bags but what really drew me into your tut was the colors you chose. So cute!

    I love all the color on your blog and have had it up on my screen for several days so I can look through it all!

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  76. I totally have to make this. What size bag does this end up making?

    @pril
    KoolBeenz-blog.blogspot.com

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    1. The finished bag is about 10" tall and 7" wide!

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  77. I love this bag and I'm making one for a Christmas gift. I didn't see anywhere in the pattern, but did you at any sort of stabilizer to the bag? I've used it in every bag I've made before and I wasn't sure how this one would turn out without it. Thanks! Great tutorial!

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    1. I didn't, but you could certainly add interfacing if you'd like! I'd only add it to the exterior main pieces so that it won't interfere with the drawstring!

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  78. Very lovely bags and tut...(gotta get used to inches metrical system, but i can handle it!!!) i was looking for a ROUND based sewn box (for sewing goodies yep!!!) and found this web site!!! i'll surely be back and check if you posted it.
    bye bye!
    (good work, keep it up!)

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  79. Great tutorial and very clear pictures, thanks. I have a question: when you do the squaring for the bottoms with the exterior fabric, do you also do corners for the liner fabric? Thanks a lot!

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    1. Correct! You'll square the bottoms of both interior corners and both exterior corners!

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  80. thanks so much for this very well done tutorial! I just made one...no problem!!

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  81. Just finished making one , and I have to say this was the easiest tutorial , for the most part , for me to understand. I , like someone else posted, am pretty much beginning sewing and largely self taught , trial and error. I was confused at the squaring off part when I read "repeat this for the 3 remaining corners" .. I only had 1 corner left .. unless I misunderstood and was supposed to be doing the lining as well. It turned out really cute though! I will definitely be making more :) Thanks so much!

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  82. This is a great tutorial--a keeper--especially for those of us who love making drawstring bags!

    Thanks for a great job.

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  83. How bizarre I just bought a fq of the animal print earlier today and now tonight I stumbled across this tutorial....karma or what? Great tute. Hugs Naomi

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  84. Love this, what a great tutorial.

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  85. Thank you for the tutorial - very clear and easy to follow. I made a couple for Christmas wrapping this year, and they worked wonderfully!

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  86. This is very helpful since I've been trying to make one and i did but it didn't last longer a month! Now i can try this and I'm pretty sure that It'll last long!

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  87. I love this bag! What a great easy tutorial, thank you!
    http://kateyz.blogspot.com/2012/01/im-probably-last-person-alive-to-make.html

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  88. I just found your tutorial a few days ago and was immidiaty in love. Here´s my bag: http://conibaer.blogspot.com/2012/01/retro-romantik-beutelchen-verlosung.html
    Thanks for your GREAT tutorial!!!

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  89. This is such a cute bag and great tutorial. I am pinning it! If I can't get it made, at least I can pin it, huh.

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  90. Hi Jeni, Love the bag. I enjoyed making it. Hope you don't mind I added the link to my blog for others to enjoy :)Great tutorial & thankyou for sharing your knoweledge :)

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  91. Fab tutorial - I have featured it on my Tuesday Tutorials after making one today :)

    http://jesshopkins.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/tuesday-tutorials-drawstring-bag.html

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  92. Wow What Beautiful Bags. i like it. Thanks a lot.........

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  93. Just want to say your article is as surprising. The clearness in your post is Just excellent and i could assume you're an expert on this subject. Fine with your permission let me to grab your RSS feed to keep updated with forthcoming post. Thanks a million and please continue the rewarding work.
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  94. Thank you so much for the wonderful tutorial! I plan on making this w/my 11-year old daughter for gifts.

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  95. Great tutorial, thank you! My niece & nephew asked me to make them marble bags, this will be terrific!

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  96. Awesome Thanks for nice Tutorial & sweet Bags.

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  97. Thanks for this awesome tutorial. i just made one of these bags, its the first thing i have sewn in a couple of years and i really like it.

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  98. This is hands down the best tutorial I have ever followed!! Thank you so much for the clear and detailed instruction with the diagrams and pictures - I got it!!
    Amazing
    thank you

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  99. Great post. You are so creative! I'm going to have to try and make some of these great custom drawstring backpacks. I really love the idea of making them my own. Keep up the good work.

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  100. Thank you... thank you so much for the instruction. I just made it: http://chriskiki.blogspot.com/2012/03/dslr-bag.html Tried to upload it on your flickr but couldn't do it.

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  101. It is Beautiful, Thank you very much, I'll tray to do it very soon. wilperez38@gmail.com

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  102. I am doing one for American Heritage Girls (kinda like girl scouts) and I love the bags! Planning to make some at home!

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  103. Thanks so much for this tutorial...I just made one for my daughter out of some Tinkerbell fabric for her to carry her "treasures" and she loved it! Can't wait to make more for myself. :)

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  104. Hello Jeni. Thanks for posting this tutorial. I'm trying to learn how to sew and I can't wait to try this!

    I was just curious, where did you get these fabrics? They're so adorable. Thanks again. :)

    Laura

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  105. Fantastic Tutorial! As a new-ish sewer, this project only took me about an hour, and has been one of my most successful attempts at making something presentable! Love it!

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  106. I love this bag! I posted about it in my blog as I used it for making swag bags for my son's wedding. Thank you so much for a great tutorial! http://suziesimaginarium.blogspot.com

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  107. Bethdishong@aol.comApril 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I am going to make some of these for myself and get busy and make a couple for my two grandchildren to put their Easter surprises in for them. This is really a very good tutorial and a great little bag.

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  108. Oh wow, I have just made this and it is fabulous! Can't believe how easy it is to make, feel extremely proud of myself. Thank you very much for the straightforward instructions

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  109. Hi,
    have just finished mine! Thanks for the tutorial.
    Posted my photo with a link to the tutorial on a French forum. I hope you don't mind.
    http://patchtopatch.superforum.fr/t28925-pochon-violet#415859
    Beatrice (from France)

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  110. I finally made one of these tonight! The tutorial was so great and easy to follow, especially as I am basically a beginner. Thanks for your work in putting it together! I plan to post my picture to the Flickr group as soon as the weather is nice enough to get some good pictures. Thanks again :)

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  111. Have just made one of these for my kinds alphabet bricks but it's currently being used as a shopping bag lol. Lovely clear tutorial, thanks x

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  112. I wanted to say thanks for this tutorial, it was really easy to follow, made a few and wrote a small piece about them on my blog :D

    http://www.thecraftimaginarium.co.uk/2012/05/you-can-never-have-too-many-bags.html

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  113. Recently stumbled upon your blog. Great, clear tutorial! Would have to be the quickest and easiest drawstring bag I've made. Thank you :).

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  114. I used to make these bags years ago but lost the directions. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial. I'm looking through my fat quarters to get just the right fabrics. Thanks so much.

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  115. So cute bag..... you do a great job and you explained everything in very detail so every one can easily made this kind of bag.
    Gifts To Pakistan

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  116. Thank you for the tutorial, it was super easy to follow! I made a bag using your tutorial and posted about it on my blog.
    In case you're curious how it turned out, here's a link to the post:

    http://frogged-designs.blogspot.de/2012/05/echino-drawstring-project-bag.html

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  117. Just made a bag today inspired by this tutorial. Many thanks for such well written and photo enhanced instructions! I have made a few bags before but never tackled lining them. :-)

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  118. Great tutorial. c:
    Where do you get these fabrics by the way?

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  119. I have made several of these bags now! I tried several different ones before I found yours and I wanted to tell you that yours is the best I have come across so far. I just finished a wool bag, modifying your instructions a wee bit. Thank you for generously sharing this.

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  120. This little bag looks adorable! thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  121. Made 2 of these today & it was so easy! Great tutorial - ill be checking out more! Very easy to follow!

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  122. This tutorial was awesome! I just whipped one up this morning to use as a gift bag. I wish I would've taken a picture. It turned out beautifully! Thanks so much!

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  123. Thank you for the great tutorial! I made a bag this weekend for my GPS.

    http://sewaddictedtoblogs.blogspot.com/2012/06/doll-bag-and-binding.html

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  124. Thanks for sharing this. I really like the way you pieced it (I have never thought to do it that way). I made my first one this evening... and pulled fabric to make 6 more for gift bags. Thanks again!

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  125. Just stumbled upon your blog for the first time. I love your version of this bag! Thanks for the great tutorial...
    I hope it's okay if I post a link to your tutorial on my FB page to share with others.
    www.Facebook.com/PinkSparkleAndLace
    ~ Tammy

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  126. Made two of them for birthday gifts today. The little girl who received one of them loved it! Very easy directions to follow. Thank you.

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  127. Super cute! Love the print and the great visual tutorial. I pinned your link on Pinterest's website to share with all.

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  128. Thanks for sharing you bag tutorial. I think the texture and color of fabric is the important thing to consider.

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  129. so i just made this (and bought the pattern), and i'm in love! planning on making another one tomorrow for my DSLR, and i'm thinking about making a ton in preparation for christmas presents - maybe in aneela hoey's new christmas line? oh, the possibilities! thanks so much. :)

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  130. I just cut out fabric to make one of these....will 5/8" ribbon work since it's slightly wider than the 1/2" fabric strings you made? Thanks!

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  131. Jen, this is a great tutorial, and for once I feel like there is very little I do not completely understand, which is a great feeling for a sewing newbie. I look forward to trying it.

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  132. Jeni - I love this tutorial and pattern. I made up two different sizes and blogged about you and your amazing tutorials. Thank you for sharing your talent and love of sewing with us!

    http://anaggiebug.blogspot.com/2012/07/attack-of-quilting-bug.html

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  133. Can't wait to make one of these for my dslr for vacation! So easy to follow! Just wondering if you felt like your camera was pretty well protected without batting. I was thinking about adding a fuse able fleece to the main exterior pieces....not sure if that would work??? Thanks for another amazing tutorial!!!

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  134. i KNEW your blog sounded familiar! i used your drawstring bag tutorial a few months ago in my "NeedleReads" sewing class at the library. love it!

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  135. Very cute, I have just the fabric too.

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  136. Just finished making my first drawstring bag and your instructions were great! Love the end result! :D

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  137. Many thanks for this clear and easy-to-understand tutorial. Really enjoyed the sewing and will put a picture (or two) in the
    flickr group.
    Marion

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  138. Thank you so much for the easy to follow tutorial! I just finished making 5 of these awesome bags, they turned out so cute!! I am using these as a baby shower gift for "on-the-go diaper bags"!

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  139. Thanks for this really great tutorial. I made one last night with a couple of changes:
    I made the cords a bit longer and left two extra openings either side 2 inches from the bottom. Before sewing up the inside of the bag, I stitched two ends of the cords in at each side - and it makes a drawstring backpack. I made it a bit bigger too. Perfect for my daughter's gym kit! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  140. Thanks for putting together this terrific tutorial. I just added a link to this post on my blog.

    You can find me at http://valzcorner.blogspot.com/2012/09/drawstring-bag.html

    Thanks again!

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  141. Muchas gracias, acabo de hacer una de Halloween, en cuanto la publique en mi blog te aviso.

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  142. Beautiful! Me too can't wait to do it :D

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  143. Thank you Jeni, I just made such a bag for my mum and it went like a dream. :-)
    Steffi

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  144. i just made one for christmas wrapping.. and i'm going to be making many more. it's a great tutorial even though i totally messed up my measuring and cutting.. i was happy to have ribbon on hand instead of making my own. and it goes together so nicely! thanks. =)

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  145. I loved making this... the tutorial was so clear and everything went together so nicely! Thank you. :)

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  146. Get a bodkin. So much better than using a safety pin. I made a couple of these at Easter for the grands' goodies. A lot nicer than the cheesy baskets available where I live. Love those pink fabrics. Added them to my growing list of must haves. N

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  147. Jeni, I just finished a "thomas the Train" bag for Quilt it today, thanks for the pattern!! :-) I had bookmarked this a while ago anyways....

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  149. Absolutely love this idea! My little girl just got a toy with lots of pieces to it and I thought a little drawstring tote would be perfect to keep all the pieces together in her toybox! That brought me to you! Thanks so much! I will be doing this project soon!!!

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  150. oh, I love the bags. Can't wait to try out your tutorial and make one. I've always wanted to make gifts of shoe bags for my daughter and daughters-in-law to travel with. These would be really cute.
    Thanks for a great tutorial. I scanned through it and will try to do one tonight.
    Jackie in San Antonio

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  151. Hi Jeni! I can't believe that I've been following your blog for almost a year and I just now got around to making one of these! The tutorial is so great, I'm almost done with my second one! I'll be sure to upload pictures to the flickr group.

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  152. What a great pattern - just finished my first attempt and I have to say it's pretty great. I had to redo a few seams because believe it or not I put it together wrong in step 1 :), but it was obvious right away what I'd done wrong. Thanks for such a great project!

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  153. this is an awesome bag. and a wonderful tutorial. a couple times i wasn't sure if it was going to work out, but i just followed exactly what you said and it worked out beautifully!

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  154. The best tutorial for these bags I have ever seen, thank you so much

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  155. Love the picture you just added with the tape measure drawstrings! Where did you find it?

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  156. Merci pour ces explications. Je viens de terminer mon premier essai et je suis plutôt fière. Le résultat est superbe. Thanks a lot for this great tutorial. I have a new lunch bag now !!

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  157. Great tutorial! Thank you for taking the time to post this. I found it today on Pinterest.
    Happy sewing.

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  158. Great tutorial! Love my bag!

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  161. I just found this bag and whipped it up this afternoon. I love it. Thanks. Can't wait to make more.

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  162. Thanks for the excellent tutorial. Everything went together easily and produced a cute - and functional - bag. Thank you!

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  163. Your bags are very cute. I made a similar a while ago. You can see them on:http://www.vmjesusferreira.blogspot.pt/2012/aula-aberta.html

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  164. I just made 2 more bags, size medium... love these
    http://www.beaquilter.com/2013/10/have-you-cleaned-your-machine-lately.html

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  165. Darling. I am planning on making a larger bag (12x12), and was wondering if I should modify the size of the gusset.

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  166. Thank you for taking the time to make and share this tutorial! I've made a few and pictures are on my blog.

    http://knittypie.blogspot.ca/2014/01/project-bags.html

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  167. Great information and really good to read this post. as a d cut carry bags manufacturer i'm really happy to read this post.

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  168. Made this today and I have to tell you what excellent directions you gave. I breezed right through, I'm just so proud of how it turned out. Thank you for sharing your talents with me and others, I appreciate your skills and ideas. I love how you put it together, your train of thought - really a fun concept. Bless your Heart!

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  169. very good information and Inspiring & Interesting.

    success always
    http://tokoobatbiusasli.blogspot.com

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  170. I am very much a beginner sewer and I found your tutorial very easy to follow. I especially liked the video portion; I'm a visual learner and this was a huge help. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with everyone and doing so in such a precise, thorough way. I appreciate it more than you know! I spent an hour scouring the internet for the best drawstring bag tutorial and yours was the best by FAR! Thanks again!

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  171. my only question would be, where to buy those lovely fabrics?

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  172. Thanks for a nice tutorial, it's fabulous!!! I lovely your work and learn very much,...thanks Jeni !!! :-)

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  173. I just made my first one! And now to sew some more. Thanks for this great tutorial. I love this bag!

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  174. In regards to present day fashion, the fitness world has created a craze of certain items such as gym tank tops and yoga pants that are worn as casual wear by many people on a daily basis, whether they attend a gym or not.
    gym bag

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  175. Ha! So excited I finally made my first lined drawstring bag! The tutorial was, of course, clear and easy to follow! Thanks Jeni!!!

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  176. Thank you, i loved this pattern. I made 3 styles of project bags today but this was, by far, the easiest and best looking! I do have one question - since i was using 3 fat quarters, how do you - Cut (1) 12.5”x22” strip
    - Subcut into (2) 12.5”x10.5” pieces for the interior? My fat quarter was only 9" wide so I had to piece it. Not a problem, but it did puzzle me for a few minutes!

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  177. I just finished reading through your instruction -- you did an incredible job! You've inspired me to give this a try -- fingers crossed :) Thanks for sharing your pattern and for taking the time to make such a helpful tutorial. Kind regards!

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  178. Drawstring bag is very comfortable and nice. i am use drawstring bag. very good information i am inspire. thanks for sharing.

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  179. i made one of these a year ago for my camera and decided to make another one a bit bigger today. LOVE LOVE LOVE this. easy to make and very cute finished product!! Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

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