I love love love Liberty fabric, and wanted to use my charm pack to make something that I could use all the time. I’ve been doing a lot of hand stitching recently and decided that it would be useful to have something to keep a project all together, so my Liberty patchwork drawstring bag is just perfect! I can tidy things away quickly and take it with me on the go too. You could use any fabric scraps for this project – you don’t have to use Liberty fabric, as long as the print is fairly small – and it would make a great gift.
You will need
A selection of Liberty fabric squares – I used these 5″ squares and cut them into 4 pieces
Some lining fabric (I used white cotton)
White cotton thread
1 metre of ribbon
Needle and pins
Arrange your fabric pieces to decide on the best layout, splitting your squares into two piles – one for the front and the other for the back. I decided to sew horizontal rows first, and stitched the first two squares with roughly half a centimetre seam allowance.
Open the squares and then stitch the next square along, again with a half a centimetre seam allowance. Repeat with the rest of the squares in the row, and then press the seams open.
Stitch the rows together, still using a half a centimetre seam allowance.
Don’t worry if all the seams don’t line up – this just adds to the feel of the scrappy patchwork!
Repeat the first two steps to make the back piece. Then use a ruler and a rotary cutter to neaten the edges.
Place the patchwork pieces right sides together and pin along the bottom edge. Take the top edge and fold over once, using your ribbon as a guide as to how deep the gap will need to be – this worked out at just under half a square using this size of scraps. Then I cut 1.5cm along the seam I had sewn at the bottom of the first square and folded it in (see below). This is to make sure that the openings for the ribbon don’t meet when the side seams are stitched. Press and then fold under the top seam.
Next, pin and stitch the side seams, starting at the top of the top hem and working around the corners that have been pressed out.
Now to make the lining. Take your lining fabric and fold it in half, and place it on top of the inside out patchwork bag. Pin where the lining will need to be stitched, using the hems of the patchwork bag as a guide. Press over the top hems (a couple of centimetres is enough) and then stitch the side seams of the lining.
Turn the patchwork bag the right way out (you could press it here if it isn’t laying flat). Trim the seams of the lining bag and then place it in position inside the patchwork bag. Make sure that the pressed hem of the lining covers the folded hem of the patchwork bag, but leaving enough room for the ribbon to pass through the gap. Take your time getting this in the right position, and then stitch.
Don’t worry if you miss out any bits – you can always catch them by hand afterwards.
Thread your ribbon through the gap at the top of the bag – you can put a safety pin at one end to help you pull it through more easily. Make sure that it hasn’t twisted at any point and then hand stitch it to join it securely.
Ta-dah! I’ve put a few of my sewing bits and bobs in here already 🙂