Monday, June 24, 2013

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.
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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 ;)

Online Sewing Class
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!

149 comments:

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

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

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

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

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Awesome tutorial! I'll have to make one now :)

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

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  11. 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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  12. Wow! Those really do look quick and easy! Can'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.

    Those Anne Kelle fabrics are great!

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  13. 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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  14. Awesome tutorial. Gonna try this with my granddaughter! Thanks

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  15. 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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  16. These fabrics are adorable, and honestly so is the project! Thanks :)

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

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  18. What a great project! It's so fun to share a love of creating with kids at an early age!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  19. I am so loving this project! Just picked up a TON of fun fat quarters on a quilt shop hop. I'm going to beat the heat today and make a few of these.

    tori w.

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

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

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  22. I love these little bags, thanks for sharing!

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  23. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing

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

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  25. I teaching my grandchildren to sew, this is perfect.

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

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  27. Such a cute idea! I've been wondering where to begin teaching kids to sew.

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

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  29. 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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  30. 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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  31. Thanks for the tutorial. I too use them for packing shoes

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  32. Awesome drawstring bag Amy!!! You are always sharing such amazing projects - THANK YOU!

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  33. 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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  34. The bags look so cute! I'd love to win the fabric.

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  35. Thanks for the tutorial, and the giveaway - what cute fabric!

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  36. Thanks for the great bag idea--perfect for my granddaughters! I love the cute fabric!

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  37. Thanks for this post. I'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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  38. 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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  39. Very cute bag! I will definitely try making one of these.

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

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

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  42. I'm making drawstring bags today for my girls. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  43. Oooooo what wonderful colors of fabric, thanks for giveaway!!
    (smjohns63 at yahoo dot com)

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

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  45. What fab fabrics - drawstring bags too!! Great

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  46. what a cutie bag - just love those ann kelle prints! :) great giveaway!

    bess :)

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

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  48. Ann Kelle- queen of basics. Love her!

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  49. I'm always looking for patterns that use fat quarters and I have some that I'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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  50. So cute. I love using fabric drawstring bags!

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

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  52. Thanks for a very useful tutorial!

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

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

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

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  59. I didn't know Craftsy had any free classes. Thanks for the info and for offering the generous giveaway.

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  60. The bag is so cute. Thanks for the information about crafty's free classes. I am going to check them out.

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  61. Great tutorial! Thanks. I'm loving Ann Kelle's prints.

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  62. I've been needing some good drawstring bags for carrying around my knitting. These are perfect!

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  63. What a great tutorial. I'd love to add more fat quarters to my stash. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  64. Great idea, thanks for the give away!

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

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

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  67. Love this drawstring bag, thanks!

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

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

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  70. Awesome tutorial! That will have to go on my to list. Thanks for the chance :-)

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  71. Hi that is such a cute bag. I can't wait o try it out

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  72. Thank you very much for the tutorial, the craftsy tip and the give-away!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    Ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  73. Love the daisies and the chevrons! So fun!

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  74. Love this tutorial! Always looking for quick, easy and useful gifts!
    This fits the bill perfectly! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  75. Cute tute! Lovely bag idea...and what a lovely giveaway!

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  76. Love the daisies and the chevrons! So fun!

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  77. Love the daisies and the chevrons! So fun!

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  78. Super cute little bags! These are perfect little project bags or even gift bags as well. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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

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  80. love the bright fabrics. Thanks for the giveaways.

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  81. Great idea! I'm hoping to get my daughter sewing this summer--this may be her first project. Thanks for sharing!

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

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  83. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  84. 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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  85. Ooooh...love the fat quarter bundle! Would make some cute bags!

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  86. The link went to a zippered pouch tutorial??? I'll search the site and see if I can find it. Thanks for the giveaway!
    buffy (at) dblawoffices (dot) com

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

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  88. Cute bag! Thanks for the tutorial.

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

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

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  91. Great idea! Love those drawstring bags.

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

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  93. This is perfect timing! I promised my 7 year old I would teach her to sew this summer :)

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

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  95. Loving the graphic quality of the Ann Kelle fabrics.

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  96. wow those fabrics are really lovely! I <3 Craftsy! I've done a couple of the mini classes myself and have quite a few paid ones in my queu that I need to tackle!

    Fawn

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  97. I love your blog, and great fabrics!

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  98. 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! :)

    The Ann Kelle prints make me think of a summer picnic, love it!

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  99. Thank you for the tutorial and giveaway!

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  100. 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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  101. 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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  102. It'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!
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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

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  104. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm going to make this with my daughter.

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  105. 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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  106. 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!

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

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  108. Beautiful fabrics and great tutorial! Thanks!

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

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

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

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  113. Thanks for the tutorial! and for the chance to win ;)

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  114. My daughter would love to sew these with me!

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

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

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

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

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  119. I love the bold colors that Ann uses - it's an awesome bundle!

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  120. That bundle is so cute! Red and black together are pretty.

    (knittngirl@gmail.com)

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  121. Podobają mi się te tkaniny! From Poland, Doris

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

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  123. Such beautiful patterns and colors!

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  124. 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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  125. 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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  126. Those prints are adorable! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  127. 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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  128. What cute prints! I'd love to incorporate them into something for my sister. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win~

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

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

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  131. 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 :-) I miss you and hope you are well. Thank goodness for social media.

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  133. Thanks for sharing such a fab tutorial! We've been creating our own version of a drawstring bag and have included a link back to you :) x

    http://buttonsandpaint.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/drawstring-peg-bag.html

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  134. 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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  135. 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!!

    Stefanie

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