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Easy Fat Quarter Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Summer is such a great time for teaching kids to sew. This summer I’m hoping to work on some simple sewing projects with my kids, so I’m always on the lookout for creative ideas and tutorials to use.
Fat-Quarter-Series-U-Create
Which is why I love the Simple Fat Quarter Sewing Series at Ucreate. There are some really great tutorials for some fun and creative sewing projects, perfect for light summer sewing, all using one of those fabric staples: Fat Quarters. (Are you wondering what is a Fat Quarter? This will explain!) Fat Quarters are such a great way to collect some of your favorite pieces of fabric, without having to invest a lot of money. I love that Kari and Becky started this series to show of lots of great ways to use them.
easy learn to sew drawstring bag pattern
Today I am sharing a tutorial for a super-simple draw-string bag made from one fat quarter and 25″ of ribbon as part of that series. These bags come together SO fast. They’re perfect for teaching kids to sew – or anyone else for that matter.
Start by trimming any selvage edges off the fat quarter. You will be left with a roughly 18″ x 22″ rectangle of fabric.  (It’s okay if it’s not exact.) Fold down the top edge about 1/2″, press, and sew in place.
Fold the fat quarter in half width-wise with right-sides-together. Sew bottom and side edges together using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Stop and backstitch about 4″ from the top.
Press side seam allowance open, including 4″ portion that is not sewn together. Carefully sew those edges down, starting at the top of one side, pivoting about 1/4″ below the opening and backstitching once, then up the other side.
Fold top edge down 2″ and pin in place. Sew this flap down to create your casing. I just stitched right on top of the stitching for the hemmed edge. Go all the way around the bag. 
I then stitched around the top edge of the bag about 1/4″ away from the edge to give it more of a finished look.
This is how it will look. You can go ahead and add the drawstring now, if you like. 
I added a quick gusset (fancy way of saying boxed bottom) to give my bag a little more shape. This is purely optional. But it’s super easy if you want to do it. Take the bottom corners of the bag and fold them so that the side and bottom seams run down the center, creating a point. Measure down 2″ from the point, mark, and draw a line perpendicular to the side seam.
Sew right on the drawn line and trim away excess fabric 1/4″ away from the seam. Repeat with other corner.  If you want your gusset more or less boxy, you can measure more or less than the 2″ away from the point and mark and sew accordingly. The options are endless…  
Turn bag right side out. Put a safety pin at one end of your ribbon to help thread it through your casing.
Tie the ends of the ribbon in a knot. And you’re done. It’s seriously that easy!  

This bag finishes at about 13″ long by 10″ wide. In addition to altering the gusset, you can change the length of the bag by trimming some of the fat quarter length before you start sewing. I promise after you’ve made one, you’ll be able to start whipping them out quickly. They’re great for holding craft projects, birthday presents, Legos, you name it.

Here are a few other simple Fat Quarter projects. These projects are perfect for beginning sewers and once again, would be good summer sewing projects with kids too.

I’m also giving away a fat quarter bundle of Ann Kelle prints from Robert Kaufman you can use with all of that sewing inspiration. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. Giveaway open until Friday, June 28 at midnight MST. GIVEAWAY CLOSED

Winner: Karrie SmithJune 25, 2013 at 8:47 PM

Thanks for the tutorial! and for the chance to win ๐Ÿ˜‰
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And while we’re talking about sewing ideas, did you know that Craftsy has lots of FREE mini-classes including free sewing and free quilting patterns? You might want to check them out too!

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159 Comments

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    DangitAnge
    June 24, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I'm teaching a homeschool sewing coop this fall so I'm collecting ideas.

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    Quilter in the Gap
    June 24, 2013 at 6:23 am

    What a great bag! I know just the person to teach using this bag!!

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    Kara {me and elna}
    June 24, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Thanks for the opportunity! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Marianne
    June 24, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I must start my little kiddies off on learning to sew something. My little girl of 3.5 wants to so i gave her some fabric, needle and thread and she cannot do it. She said she doesn't want the thread. I said, well it wasn't really sewing then!

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    Laura
    June 24, 2013 at 6:30 am

    My only problem is deciding which things to make! There isn't enough time in the day!

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    Sharon Eshlaman
    June 24, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Amy, you have a great blog! Thanks for a chance to win.

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    Wily Crow
    June 24, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I have a couple of pretty FQs and wasn't sure what I'd use them for – these bags look perfect! Excellent for carrying around small projects.

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    LilyKGonzales
    June 24, 2013 at 6:58 am

    I make something similar and use them as shoe bags when I travel. I also have a light one and dark one to keep unmentionables when traveling, the light bag has clean, the dark has dirty. I make them as gifts too!

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    Amanda K
    June 24, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Awesome tutorial! I'll have to make one now ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Melia Mae Quilting
    June 24, 2013 at 7:02 am

    What a cute idea! I should do that with my daughter. She would love that. She is always asking to sew with me, but she can sit on my lap and use the machine I would think. I will have to check out your tutorial.

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    Happy Cottage Quilter
    June 24, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Wow thanks for the tutorial. I've always thought the drawstring bags look so awesome!!

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    giddy99
    June 24, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Awesome! I love drawstring bags; they're great to have as shoe bags when traveling (I travel a lot for work).

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    Paula @ Sewy Stuff
    June 24, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Wow! Those really do look quick and easy! Can&#39;t wait to try one for my niece! The drawstring will be so much easier for her to use than a buttoned or zippered bag.<br /><br />Those Anne Kelle fabrics are great!

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    anyadahab
    June 24, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. I have been thinking about where to start with teaching my son to sew. Right now he just loves icing out fabrics for me.

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    Darlene DuBois
    June 24, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Awesome tutorial. Gonna try this with my granddaughter! Thanks

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    Leigh
    June 24, 2013 at 7:46 am

    My family uses these as gift wrapping bags and this is a great tutorial to put some little ones learning to sew to work on more.

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    LHJ
    June 24, 2013 at 7:52 am

    These fabrics are adorable, and honestly so is the project! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sheila
    June 24, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Great idea for a summer project with the grandchildren! Thank you. <br />Beautiful giveaway. I hope I win : )

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    Kelly Young
    June 24, 2013 at 8:27 am

    What a great project! It&#39;s so fun to share a love of creating with kids at an early age!<br /><br />:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    Tori
    June 24, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I am so loving this project! Just picked up a TON of fun fat quarters on a quilt shop hop. I&#39;m going to beat the heat today and make a few of these.<br /><br />tori w.

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    Mev_Lohman
    June 24, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Yes, please! The fabrics and the bag pattern would be perfect for my nieces.

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    Liz Colley
    June 24, 2013 at 8:54 am

    What a great simple project!

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    Sarah
    June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Cute! Thanks!

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    NanaMoran
    June 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Several family members have asked me to teach them to sew…now I have the perfect project!! Thank you:)

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    Tracy
    June 24, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I love these little bags, thanks for sharing!

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    Wlsngrl
    June 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

    Cute idea! Thanks for sharing

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    Meredith
    June 24, 2013 at 9:20 am

    I adore Ann Kelle fabric and must try this tutorial! Thanks!

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    Beverly
    June 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

    I teaching my grandchildren to sew, this is perfect.

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    Kelli
    June 24, 2013 at 9:31 am

    So cute and handy! I made 2 for my granddaughters and they love them!

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    karaj
    June 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Such a cute idea! I&#39;ve been wondering where to begin teaching kids to sew.

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    Linda Crosby
    June 24, 2013 at 9:44 am

    This morning my three year old grandson asked me If i could make him a &quot;jake the pirate &quot; bag for his colloection of Jake toys. Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win this lovely fabric!!

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    Wendy Namken
    June 24, 2013 at 9:51 am

    My son has been wanting a small bag for his Ninjago mini-figures and this would make a great bag for him! Thanks for the tutorial and chance to win some new fabric!!

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    Lynda
    June 24, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I made similar bags for my daughter who travels a lot, she uses them to pack her shoes in, and a laminate one for anything wet. My grandbabies will turn 2 in July (triplets) so have a few years to wait until they learn to sew

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    Susan
    June 24, 2013 at 10:07 am

    Thanks for the tutorial. I too use them for packing shoes

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    Suzanne T
    June 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Gotta love a give away!

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    Emily Isley
    June 24, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Love bags like this!

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    Kari Sweeten
    June 24, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Awesome drawstring bag Amy!!! You are always sharing such amazing projects – THANK YOU!

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    Pam
    June 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

    You can never have too many bags, I like to have a few for last minute gifts,pop in a few toiletries or chocolates and instant present.

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    SmallvilleMom
    June 24, 2013 at 10:42 am

    The bags look so cute! I&#39;d love to win the fabric.

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    Miggsie
    June 24, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for the tutorial, and the giveaway – what cute fabric!

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    Lorraine
    June 24, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for the great bag idea–perfect for my granddaughters! I love the cute fabric!

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    allierae
    June 24, 2013 at 11:02 am

    How cute, thanks Amy!

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    Mitzi
    June 24, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Thanks for this post. I&#39;m teaching my 2 daughters and a couple of their friends to sew this summer and I was just looking for something else easy to make besides pillow cases! Thanks…and thanks for having the giveaway.

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    maureen
    June 24, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I have some students at school that I mentor. This would make a great project for them to work on! Thanks for the idea. (and the chance to win the fabric to get them started!!)

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    Zoe
    June 24, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Very cute bag! I will definitely try making one of these.

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    Barb
    June 24, 2013 at 11:24 am

    So cute, I love draw string bags, we can never have enough here. Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts
    June 24, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Wonderful project! And so many uses for them. Thank you!

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    Dedra C
    June 24, 2013 at 11:37 am

    I&#39;m making drawstring bags today for my girls. Thank you for the inspiration.

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    shawn
    June 24, 2013 at 11:48 am

    Oooooo what wonderful colors of fabric, thanks for giveaway!!<br />(smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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    NorahS
    June 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    That bag is so cute! Love the giveaway fabrics. My daughter is all grown up but is making quilts, too!

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    malmur
    June 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    What fab fabrics – drawstring bags too!! Great

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    james and bess
    June 24, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    what a cutie bag – just love those ann kelle prints! ๐Ÿ™‚ great giveaway!<br /><br />bess ๐Ÿ™‚

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    andsewitis
    June 24, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    So cute and practical!

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    Carol
    June 24, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    What cute bags and so handy! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    shayne
    June 24, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Perfect! Thanks!

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    Pinspot
    June 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Ann Kelle- queen of basics. Love her!

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    Lucy @ Charm About You
    June 24, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    very cute bags!

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    Debbie Weishaar
    June 24, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I&#39;m always looking for patterns that use fat quarters and I have some that I&#39;ll be using to make some of these little bags for gifts this year. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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    Steven and Ginger
    June 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    So cute. I love using fabric drawstring bags!

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    Cherie
    June 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Super cute!! Great idea. I will have to try it out sometime!

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    Allison C
    June 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I love Ann Kelle prints!

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    Chris S
    June 24, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Love the fabric and bags!

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    Kacey
    June 24, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks for a very useful tutorial!

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    โœพJamie Lee Cooleyโœพ
    June 24, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    What a great project! My 7 year old would love to make one or three! She has her own sewing machine and is pretty able at this point to follow directions.

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    Nancycim
    June 24, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    What a great idea. Wonder if it would make a good travel shoe bag?

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    linynp
    June 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Yeah! Perfect timing! Live your fabric choices for the bags. Awesome giveaway. <br />Linynp2 at yahoo (dot) com

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    Coffee Break Whatever
    June 24, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Those Anne Kelle are beautiful! I would love to make a quilt from those. I have been intending to make a black and white one…touch of red and yellow would be perfect! Thanks for the chance.

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    grannymaudsgirl
    June 24, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Yes, I know the &#39;Call the Midwife&#39; show. Can you watch an episode without a tear? I loved it so much when it was shown on TV that I bought the DVDs, and I recently bought the first of the books it is based on for a friend.

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    Ramona
    June 24, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I love simple projects like this when teaching someone to sew. Fun, easy and useful!

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    KatieQ
    June 24, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I didn&#39;t know Craftsy had any free classes. Thanks for the info and for offering the generous giveaway.

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    pizzaeater
    June 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    The bag is so cute. Thanks for the information about crafty&#39;s free classes. I am going to check them out.

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    Janarama
    June 24, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Great tutorial! Thanks. I&#39;m loving Ann Kelle&#39;s prints.

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    Jess
    June 24, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    I&#39;ve been needing some good drawstring bags for carrying around my knitting. These are perfect!

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    Tamie
    June 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    What a great tutorial. I&#39;d love to add more fat quarters to my stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

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    Jude Jones
    June 24, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Great idea, thanks for the give away!

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    Unknown
    June 24, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    Love the fabric in your give away. Thanks for having it. Nancy: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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    Hayley Stephens
    June 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    My niece asked me to teach her to sew. This looks perfect. hayleymstephens @ gmail dot com

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    Jennifer
    June 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Love this drawstring bag, thanks!

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    A Quilters Playhouse
    June 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Great tutorial on the drawstring bag! I hope to knock out several tomorrow!

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    Abbe Coury
    June 24, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Cute drawstring bag! Great tutorial for me to use to teach my daughter to sew. Thanks!

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    mvink
    June 24, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Awesome tutorial! That will have to go on my to list. Thanks for the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Pank
    June 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Hi that is such a cute bag. I can&#39;t wait o try it out

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    Esther F.
    June 24, 2013 at 11:04 pm

    Thank you very much for the tutorial, the craftsy tip and the give-away!<br />Esther<br />esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com<br />Ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com<br />

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    Kelly
    June 24, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    Love the daisies and the chevrons! So fun!

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    Cindy Sheaffer
    June 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Love this tutorial! Always looking for quick, easy and useful gifts!<br />This fits the bill perfectly! Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Andrea
    June 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Cute tute! Lovely bag idea…and what a lovely giveaway!

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    Kelly
    June 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Love the daisies and the chevrons! So fun!

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    Kelly
    June 24, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    Love the daisies and the chevrons! So fun!

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    Jodi - usairdoll
    June 25, 2013 at 12:08 am

    Super cute little bags! These are perfect little project bags or even gift bags as well. Thanks for the tutorial!<br /><br />Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.<br /><br />usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com<br />

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    robin
    June 25, 2013 at 3:19 am

    Cute, cute, cute. Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway chance!

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    cat
    June 25, 2013 at 3:38 am

    love the bright fabrics. Thanks for the giveaways.

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    kt
    June 25, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Great idea! I&#39;m hoping to get my daughter sewing this summer–this may be her first project. Thanks for sharing!

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    dpaulson512
    June 25, 2013 at 4:36 am

    Love this idea! Thanks again! Would LOVE this giveaway!

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    Jeneta
    June 25, 2013 at 5:42 am

    Oh how lovely and simple!

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    Bethany
    June 25, 2013 at 6:03 am

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    sewlightly
    June 25, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I would love to win this fat quarter bundle. It would be perfect to use to make these cute drawstring bags.

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    Oot-N-Aboot
    June 25, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Ooooh…love the fat quarter bundle! Would make some cute bags!

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    Buffy Skolnick
    June 25, 2013 at 7:02 am

    The link went to a zippered pouch tutorial??? I&#39;ll search the site and see if I can find it. Thanks for the giveaway!<br />buffy (at) dblawoffices (dot) com

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    Nicole
    June 25, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Cute bags! Great giveaway!

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    paperscissorsink
    June 25, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Cute bag, perfect for me to do with the kids for a learning project, thank you!

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    Jennifer
    June 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Cute bag! Thanks for the tutorial.

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    Mary Burnette
    June 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Great Tutorial! I will be making several of these!mburnette912@bellsouth.net

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    Margaret
    June 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Love that bag. Thanks for the giveaway. mschindlerstar(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Becky_Sharp
    June 25, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Great idea! Love those drawstring bags.

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    Joana
    June 25, 2013 at 8:56 am

    Love the drawstring bags! Thanks so much for the great tutorial–and I always love give-aways!

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    Leigh Anne
    June 25, 2013 at 9:08 am

    This is perfect timing! I promised my 7 year old I would teach her to sew this summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kristen
    June 25, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Love the prints and the tutorial. Thanks for those and the giveaway!

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    Dana Nemerson
    June 25, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Loving the graphic quality of the Ann Kelle fabrics.

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    aiah23
    June 25, 2013 at 10:16 am

    wow those fabrics are really lovely! I &lt;3 Craftsy! I&#39;ve done a couple of the mini classes myself and have quite a few paid ones in my queu that I need to tackle!<br /><br />Fawn

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    Barbara Pricola
    June 25, 2013 at 10:31 am

    I love your blog, and great fabrics!

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    Sarah
    June 25, 2013 at 11:34 am

    A drawstring bag is the first thing I learned how to sew – it stored all my sewing things in it for classes after that. My favorite part was picking out the fabric from the entire store! ๐Ÿ™‚ <br /><br />The Ann Kelle prints make me think of a summer picnic, love it!

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    Kat
    June 25, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway!

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    Sheila M/FL
    June 25, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Thank you for this great pattern. I volunteer at our local Ronanld McDonald House teaching the kids how to sew, this will be great and I was really getting tired of helping them make pillowcases. Thank and please keep these great easy itdeas coming.

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    Andee
    June 25, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I just made four zipper pouches from one of those Craftsy classes…really awesome pattern! Thanks for the chance on the giveaway!

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    Sherryl
    June 25, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    It&#39;s hard to resist a little gift bag. I like to make them and take them to my book club meeting filled with little goodies! This is a sweet little tutorial (and a lovely giveaway) – thank you!<br /> – sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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    Paula
    June 25, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Great tutorial. My son needs a gym bag for kindergarten and this will be just perfect.

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    Ida
    June 25, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. I&#39;m going to make this with my daughter.

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    Bonnie Pfrimmer
    June 25, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    What a lovely bag. I am going to make one for my granddaughter to keep her games in it. Thanks for sharing..

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    Linda June
    June 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    Ohhh! Those colors in Ann Kelle prints! I just love Red, White and Blue and this is popping great! Thanks for the tutorial. I love your blog and all your projects–my style, thank you!<br />

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    KMSC
    June 25, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Your bag is so cute and handy, too. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway. The Ann Kelle fabrics are gorgeous. <br />k.castanette@hotmail.com

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    Christine
    June 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Beautiful fabrics and great tutorial! Thanks!

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    Margaret
    June 25, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for the chance!

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    patti
    June 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I love working with fat quarters, and those prints are gorgeous! Thanks for giving us a chance to win them!

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    Mara
    June 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I need to make a few of these, thanks for the tutorial, I just might let my kids make one too!

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    CathyK
    June 25, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Cute bags!!! Thank you for a chance to win those darling fabrics!!

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    Jody
    June 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    This is a great bag for my daughter to make – thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

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    Karrie Smith
    June 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! and for the chance to win ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Nicole
    June 25, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    My daughter would love to sew these with me!

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    kathywith4kids
    June 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    I love fat quarters! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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    Christine M
    June 25, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    Those little bags would be so handy. Thanks for the tutorial and lovely giveaway.

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    Michรจle-Renรฉe Charbonneau
    June 26, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Ooh, Sew Happy Together looks fun! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Lori K
    June 26, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I love that combo! Thanks for the chance at this!

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    Jacklynn
    June 26, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I love the bold colors that Ann uses – it&#39;s an awesome bundle!

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    Kate
    June 26, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    That bundle is so cute! Red and black together are pretty.<br /><br />(knittngirl@gmail.com)

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    doris144
    June 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Podobajฤ… mi siฤ™ te tkaniny! From Poland, Doris

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    Tina Marie
    June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love the colors. Red, black and white are so classy.

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    Tena
    June 26, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Such beautiful patterns and colors!<br />

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    Nicola
    June 27, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Love Anne Kelle fabrics and especially these colours. A quilt made out of these would look fab in my daughters bedroom. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Nicola
    June 27, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Love Anne Kelle fabrics and especially these colours. A quilt made out of these would look fab in my daughters bedroom. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    breannesp
    June 27, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Those prints are adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Suze
    June 27, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    The Color Me Retro is adorable. The possibilities for a quilt are running through my head. What a great giveaway – many thanks. I had fun just looking at all the fabric.

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    Riana
    June 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    What cute prints! I&#39;d love to incorporate them into something for my sister. :)<br />Thanks for the chance to win~

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    AshleySaxon
    June 29, 2013 at 6:09 am

    I am an advisor for a sorority and lots of the girls want to learn how to sew so i&#39;m always looking for simple projects they can do. And those fabrics are cute too! Thanks for the chance to win – i&#39;m really enjoying your blog and so glad i switched to bloglovin and found you as a &quot;featured&quot; or popular blog for diy/crafts/sewing.

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    Annie
    January 15, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Super, super cute! I&#39;ve been wanting to teach my 11 year old granddaughter to sew and this bag is perfect! Gotta go…off to Joanne&#39;s to get couple yards of cute fabric…much cheaper than fat quarters ;). Thanks Amy!

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    Chris {frecklemama}
    February 23, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Amy! I just wanted to drop a note on this post to let you know that I came across this tutorial, whipped up one of these bags, and loved them so much that I decided to make 55 of them for The Stash Bash goodie bags! What a great tutorial. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ I miss you and hope you are well. Thank goodness for social media.

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    buttons and paint...
    June 12, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing such a fab tutorial! We&#39;ve been creating our own version of a drawstring bag and have included a link back to you ๐Ÿ™‚ x<br /><br />http://buttonsandpaint.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/drawstring-peg-bag.html

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    Leslie
    June 24, 2014 at 10:21 am

    this tutorial was so easy to follow and fun to make. i just adjusted the height of the bag for what i was making and it turned out perfectly. thanks

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    stefanie
    October 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    I just made six of these as project bags for my knitting. All different sizes. I am usually one to fight with my sewing machine, but this pattern really helped me out a lot. It only took a few hours and they look much better than I thought I was capable of. Thanks!!<br /><br />Stefanie

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    Sherry
    December 20, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Thank you so much for this easy to understand tutorial! I just finished a bag made from puppy dog print for a special one year old to put his new building blocks in. It turned out perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Savvy
    February 27, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I think you recently published a tutorial on a tote bag that used linen and had inset strips made from pre cut strips. Now can&#39;t seem to find it….can you publish reference?? or the name of tutorial?? Thanks AMY!!

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    Miranda koontz
    September 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Hi…I am looking for a tutorial to make a tissue box cover with a drawstring closure…I haven’t had any luck ๐Ÿ™

    Do you think this tutorial would work?? It looks like it will…but I wanted to ask you first!!! So…if you get a chance to let me know that would be great!! I know you’re busy!!! I appreciate it!!!

    Thanks!
    MK

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    Miranda koontz
    September 23, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    I can usually follow the directions on your tutorials…much better than some other tutorials from other sites!! You have taught me how to make a quilt…half square triangles…Christmas stockings…borders…binding…scrappy table runners…and pumpkin table runners!! So…that’s another reason why I was hoping the drawstring bag tutorial would work as a tissue box cover…I can understand your instructions!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      Amy Smart
      September 23, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Well thank you! I’m glad they’ve been helpful. I have to say, I’ve never made a tissue box cover, so I don’t know to make one – but I hope this is helpful. Let me know how it goes!

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    Beth
    January 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Years later but I just found your tutorial on Craigslist and gave it a shot! I’m a very very beginner sewer, just got my machine for Christmas. This was by far the easiest tutorial I have found so far and was able to make one of these cute bags in about 30 minutes! Thanks for sharing!

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