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.
Today I am sharing a tutorial for a super-simple fat quarter drawstring 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 ½″, 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 ⅜″ 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 ¼″ 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 fat quarter drawstring bag.
I then stitched around the top edge of the bag about ¼″ 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 fat quarter drawstring 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 ¼″ 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 to make your fat quarter drawstring bag!
This fat quarter drawstring 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:
It’s also super simple to add a lining to this draw-string bag, if you’re looking for a sturdier bag. You can find a tutorial for a lined draw-string bag here (which you can make with or without the optional heart quilt block.)