Sew Along: Lined Drawstring Bags I'm Planning to Make

Monday, November 22, 2021

Happy Monday! With the Lined Drawstring Bag Sew Along well underway, I thought I'd share a bit about the bags I'm planning to make!

Last year I focused mainly on making an advent calendar. This year, instead of making one big project, I'm focusing on making a good stash of bags for gift wrapping. Almost all of my holiday bags are the "everything size" (same as the tutorial size). This year I'm going to make some larger sizes and a handful of small sizes from the pattern to to fill out my stash! I also used up almost all of my holiday fabrics back in 2019 when I made my Christmas Two by Four Quilt. So, I treated myself to some new holiday fabrics (from Stash Fabrics, here is their Christmas section) last month, and that's what I'm basing most of my bags around!

First up, I had to pick up this nutcracker and string light fabrics from Holiday Classics by Rifle Paper Co. I'm not usually big on metallics on fabric, but for Christmas I sometimes can't resist! I think this is going to be either a project or artist size bag. I'll probably use a matching solid for the lining.

This fabric pull is going to become another present block bag (I'm sharing this tutorial on Wednesday this week!). It features the garland print from Peppermint by Dana Willard. I tried to pull a slightly less Christmas-y color palette for this one.

This will probably be an artist size bag. The tree print is also from Peppermint by Dana Willard. I'll probably use the pink fabric as the lining and the blue as the accent. We'll see!

I haven't quite figured this bag out yet. I may use one of these options or none! I just love this cat fabric. It's from Meowy & Bright by Dear Stella. It will either be a project or artist size bag.

The next two bags will probably both be laundry size! I got some larger cuts on sale, so I've got enough! I love this cute print from Flurry by Ruby Star Society. For the accent I'm hoping to use up the rest of this print from an old Cotton and Steel collection.

Another large cut destined to become a laundry size bag. This Alison Glass print from her Holiday collection is adorable. Using one of her blenders for the accent seemed like a sensible choice!

A few years ago my Mom gave me this Cozy Christmas Panel by Lori Holt. I couldn't figure out what to use it for, so I decided this year I'm going to use it to make a bunch of tiny bags! I made a lot of tiny bags last year for the advent, but I have none for gift wrapping. Should be a good way to use it up.

Last but not least! My order from Stash Fabrics was tied up with this scrap of Love at Frost Sight by August Wrens. It's too cute to let it go to waste! So I'll use it in a bag somehow. Either a tiny size bag or perhaps in some patchwork on a larger bag.

I'll be making other bags for the sew along too, but these are my personal plans. If you want more information on the Sew Along and how to join in, see the schedule post. I'd love to see what bags you plan to make! Share them with me on instagram @jenib320 + #lineddrawstringbag or via email (jenib320 @ I'll be back on Wednesday with a new tutorial!

Happy Sewing!

1 comment :

  1. Wow, what great plans! I managed one patchwork bag this weekend, and have more bags planned, just need to get the fabric out and start cutting!


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