From the Archives
Author's note: This is part of a new series of articles for four Saturdays this rainy (in this part of the world) season. Here, we will be re-blogging archived DIYs posted on the first Kaeratana blog from days of yore and dedicating them to our lovely new friends. This particular post was first published on 12th November 2013. Happy reminiscing!
This is a quick DIY on how to make pouch bags out of canvas. We will be making a small 4” x 4.5” drawstring pouch but with a similar pattern, you can change the measurements to make one of any size. There are also many ways with which I do drawstring pouches like this, but here I will be explaining the simplest and most basic among them.
I have included a printable pattern for this specific size. You will also find that in the future we will be using this DIY (or a derivative of) for many other different projects. There is no limit to what you can do with these babies. You can use them as party favors, bags to hold your small item gifts, or for personal use such as a place to hold your shower cap or emergency kit when travelling. And of course, you can customize. Everything is better when you can customize.
We will be using the pattern as shown above. I am sure I need not tell you NOT to download the image and print from there because it is not scaled to size. Instead, please download the pattern here or from the download link below.
While following is a step-by-step guide on how to make your own canvas drawstring. Prepare your pattern and lay it out flat on your fabric (in this case, canvas). Be sure to also prep your canvas well by ironing it. The latter is an optional but very useful step. As a general conclusion, ironing before sewing makes all the difference.
1 | Cut your flattened/ironed canvas to size. In this case, cut canvas to 8.5" by 6".
2 | Make the top folds indicated on the pattern. Iron again and pin to secure the folds.
3 | Sew about 1/4" by the 'end of casing fold mark' to create the casing. Reverse stitch when you start, and once again when you finish.
4 | You will notice that initially folding 1/4" along the top edge before making the one inch casing hides the raw edges, preventing it from further fraying.
5 | Fold your canvas cloth, crosswise. Make sure that you fold along the centerfold line with right sides facing each other and the wrong sides are out, especially if your canvas pouch bag has/is to have prints or a design.
6 | Sew along indicated seam lines. Again, remember to backstitch at the start and finish.
To complete the bag and justify me calling it a drawstring, attach the string. Secure a 10"-twine to a safety pin. On the side where the seams meet, snip carefully on both sides of the seam to create holes for the twine to pass through. With the aid of the pin, thread the twine all the way around , enclosed in the casing.
I've made dozens of this bags and packed most of them with peso coins because sometimes I like to pretend I live in the medieval age and imagine shopping at the town square with my drawstring full of silver as I shop to my heart's content. I'm sure you can think of a lot better, less crazy, uses for them.
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