We can’t all be winners. But I love y’all, I really do, so I don’t want to send anyone home disappointed. If you want a little love in your life and you don’t win our Valentine’s Day giveaway, you can still have a bag of your very own. You just need to pony up for the supplies and get crafty. To help you out, I’m posting the tutorial for the bag.
2 contrasting fabrics. A fat quarter of each works great.
About 16″ of 1″ – 2″ ribbon
Yarn, cording or thinner ribbon (about 36″)
Some math skillz (these can be acquired later, trust me)
Start by cutting a circle from the fabric you’ll use for your exterior and one from the lining fabric. I used a blank CD case. If you use the same thing, you can use my measurements and skip all the math bits.
Now for math!
Draw two chords (as marked in the picture above).
Make sure they’re an even number length (such as 4″) so it’s easy to find the center.
Mark the center and draw lines at a right angle from the chords through the circle. It’s most accurate to do this with a protractor, but you can eyeball it.
Where the lines intersect is the center of the circle. Draw a line through that and measure it. That’s your diameter.
Now multiply the diameter by pi (3.14). You have your circumference!
Why do you want all this? It’s so you know how much wide you’ll want the sides of the bag to be. I rounded the circumference up. Meaning, if you’re using the CD case, your circumference is about 17.25″.
I made my sides 10″ tall.
Cut two pieces of your wide ribbon so it’s about an inch shorter than 1/2 of the top of the trapezoid. Sound confusing? If you’re using about the same measurements as me, the two pieces will be about 7″ each.
Now start sewing!
Sew your exterior into a loop by sewing the slanted 10″ sides together. Do the same for the lining, but leave a space in the middle so you can turn in out when you’re done. I forgot the first time and just took a seam ripper to it. No biggie.
Pin your ribbon about 2″ down on each side. If necessary, fold over the ends so they don’t fray and sew in place before attaching to the bag. Sew the edges in place, leaving an opening on each short end.
With a long stitch, sew a gathering stitch around the bottom (wider end) of the exterior fabric loop. Gathering up the threads, pin it right sides together to the exterior fabric circle until it lines up.
Sew the loop and the circle together. Repeat this process for the lining loop and circle.
Now you have two bags… mostly. Put the exterior bag, turned right side out into the inside out lining bag, matching seams. Right sides will be together.
Sew around the top of the bag. Flip through the hole in the lining (if you didn’t make it, now’s the time for your seam ripper). Edge stitch around the top of the bag to make it lay nice.
Starting on the left side, pull half of the length of your thin ribbon, yarn or cording through the casing to the right, then back to the left and tie. With the other half, start on the right side, pull the ribbon through the casing to the left, then back to the right and tie. This is my absolute favorite drawstring technique.
Enjoy your bag!
If you end up making this, please send pictures. And let me know if anything is confusing. I’ll try to clear it up.