Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag – Creating a Prototype Bag

Making a Holiday Gift Bag from remnants of fabric can be a fun activity! So is designing a Cut n Sew Drawstring Bag for a Spoonflower Contest. But first I needed to create a Prototype Bag based on my design.

Making a Holiday Gift Bag from remnants of fabric can be a fun activity! So is designing a Cut n Sew Drawstring Bag for a Spoonflower Contest. But first I needed to create a Prototype Bag based on my design.

This gift Bag is made up of two rectangular sides with channel style casings for bias style Drawstrings. It also features a box style base. It is the Prototype version of my Holiday Gift Bag that is entered in the Spoonflower Holiday Gift Bag Contest.

If you are interested in designing you own Bag there is a still a little time… here’s the ‘brief’:

Holiday gift bag

Solve the annual holiday quandary of finding the perfect gift bag! Get ahead of the game by designing your own to give to your loved ones! Create a cut and sew design for your ideal holiday gift bag, including original artwork, sewing pattern, instructions– and don’t forget the drawstring! Please note that previews will be sized on a larger fat quarter (27″ x 18″) to accommodate big gifts like holiday wine and spirits! See an example here. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, December 1st, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, December 3rd, 2015.

When designing my Bag my first task was to figure out what sort of Bag I wanted to make then work out how to fit the pieces onto a Fat Quarter of 27″ x 18″ fabric.

Note: The Prototype Bag measurements are based on the Cut n Sew design I created for the Spoonflower Holiday Gift Bag Contest and can be altered to suit your needs. My design needed to fit on a Quarter Yard of Organic Cotton Sateen Ultra (Fat Quarter 28 x 18 Inch/ 71.12 x 45.72 cm)

The exact measurements I used are:

Bag panel piece 33.89 x 31.1 cm OR 13.3425” x 12.23441”

Drawstring 68.08 x 3.27 cm OR 26.8031” x 1.2874”

Casing 33.89 x 3.27 cm OR 13.3425” x 1.2874”

My completed Holiday Gift Bag design can be seen by clicking this Link

DRAWSTRING BAG METHOD:

  • Cut out 2 x Bag panels; 2 x Casings & 2 x Drawstrings from the chosen fabric.
  • For both Bag panel pieces use Pinking Shears or Zigzag stitch to prevent fraying.

For both Bag panel pieces use Pinking Shears or Zigzag stitch to prevent fraying - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Fold & press the allowance of the short sides followed by the long sides of each Casing to the Wrong Side.

Fold & press the allowance of the short sides followed by the long sides of each Casing to the Wrong Side - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Position & Pin a Casing on each Bag panel piece.

Position & Pin a Casing on each Bag panel piece - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Stitch the Casing in place by sewing close to each long side fold leaving the short sides unstitched & open as a channel for the drawstring.

Stitch the Casing in place by sewing close to each long side fold leaving the short sides unstitched & open as a channel for the drawstring - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

Close up of: Stitch the Casing in place by sewing close to each long side fold leaving the short sides unstitched & open as a channel for the drawstring - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Right Sides facing pin the Bag panel pieces together leaving the top open.

Right Sides facing pin the Bag panel pieces together leaving the top open - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Stitch ¼ inch/5 mm from edges. (NB if haven’t already done so – Use Pinking Shears or Zigzag stitch to prevent fraying).

Stitch ¼ inch/5 mm from edges. (NB if haven’t already done so - Use Pinking Shears or Zigzag stitch to prevent fraying) - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Fold ¼”/5 mm, then ½”/1 cm to the inside.

Fold ¼”/5 mm, then ½”/1 cm to the inside - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Stitch close to folded edge to Hem the Bag opening.

Stitch close to folded edge to Hem the Bag opening - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • To create a box style base Pin to match the Bag base seam with the corresponding side seam.

To create a box style base Pin to match the Bag base seam with the corresponding side seam - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Sew across the bottom of both triangular points thus giving the bag a box style base.

Sew across the bottom of both triangular points thus giving the bag a box style base - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Turn the Bag Right Side out.
  • Fold & press the allowance (short then long sides) to the Wrong Side of each Drawstring. Fold lengthways matching the edges.

Fold & press the allowance (short then long sides) to the Wrong Side of each Drawstring. Fold lengthways matching the edges - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Stitch close to all the folds.

Stitch close to all the folds - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Attach a Safety Pin or Bodkin to a Drawstring end and tread it through a Casing.

Attach a Safety Pin or Bodkin to a Drawstring end and tread it through a Casing - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

Close up of: Attach a Safety Pin or Bodkin to a Drawstring end and tread it through a Casing - Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

  • Repeat for other Drawstring. Tie the corresponding Drawstring ends together in a knot to prevent them being pulled out. Pull to close Bag.

Completed Drawstring Holiday Gift Bag Blog Post justbananasoversofttoys.wordpress.com

The result is a quick easy sewing project.

Why not check out my entry into the Holiday Gift Bag Contest & when the Contest is Live (Voting will open Thursday, December 3rd, 2015) cast a Vote for your favourite designs. Don’t forget to add a heart too!

BTW my Nativity Silhouette design is available for purchase right now!

To see more of my Cut n Sew Designs, Fabric, Wallpaper & Gift Wraps check out my Spoonflower Shop

What will you put in your Holiday Gift Bag? Perhaps a Finger Pocket Fish or two..

As always… keep your eyes ‘peeled’ for upcoming Blog Posts! Thanks a Bunch for joining me!

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