If your house is anything like mine, every available surface has probably disappeared under the chaos of post Christmas clutter. Toys that need homes, lego everywhere, games and puzzles that there’s not quite room for in the existing storage.
Happily it is easy enough to whip up some storage solutions and if you
are a fabric hoarder have fabric left over from previous projects, they won’t cost any money to make either!
This drawstring bag is very easy. Pillowcases are perfect for making drawstring bags, due to being pretty much bag shaped already. The amount of sewing required is minimal and could be done by hand if necessary.
To make them look less pillowcasey, you can dress them up however you like! I made this one to accommodate Boy 4’s Rainbow Aquadoodle with its pens and funny little stamps. As he is only 3 and can’t read, instead of a written label I made a rainbow out of felt so that he knows that’s the bag for his AquaDoodle.
How to Make a Drawstring Bag From a Pillowcase
You will need: a pillowcase, a length of ribbon slightly longer than double the width of the pillowcase, felt to make the rainbow (optional), pencil and paper and a plate (for the pattern for the rainbow), usual sewing supplies.
If you don’t want to make your own pattern for the rainbow, you can buy the pattern here.
2. Make the casing for the ribbon. As the pillowcase has already been hemmed, all you need to do is fold the top edge down a couple of cm, pin, then sew. Make sure you leave a gap for threading the ribbon.
3. To make the pattern for the rainbow, fold a piece of A4 paper in half widthways. Place the plate on top of the folded piece of paper with the fold across the centre of the plate. Draw round it. Draw a little arch in the centre, then draw 5 more arches. You could use a ruler to help get them the same size.
Trace each shape onto greaseproof paper. For each one you will need to trace the little arch in the middle, then on of the other arches until you have 6 shapes all of different sizes.
If all this sounds like too much of a faff, you can buy a pattern for the rainbow here.
6. Pin the purple and blue arches to the green arch. Sew along the middle of the blue arch. Keep going in this way until you have sewn all the pieces of the rainbow together. I sewed along the red one too so that it matched the others. You might need to trim the rainbow a bit so that it looks neat.
A felt pack from Hobbycraft
Gingham Ribbon from Hobbycraft
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