Drawstring Knitting Bag Tutorial

As I mentioned the other day, some friends and I went on a day trip to check out some quilt shops during the Row By Row Experience.

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I, of course, came home with some fabric! I wasn’t sure at the time what I would make with it, but once I got home, decided that it would make a nice knitting bag. You see, it’s covered in sheep. So naturally kitting came to mind.

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I’ve made a very simple drawstring bag and some knitting accessories to match.

Let’s start with the bag.

I began by cutting several rectangles as follows:

Bottom fabric – 7 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ – cut 1

Center fabric – 7 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ – cut 2

Top fabric – 7 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ – cut 2

Lining fabric – 9 1/2″ x 14 1/2″ – cut 2

Straps – 1 1/2″ x 36″ – cut 2

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Sew the fabrics together to form one long strip 14 1/2″ wide in this order – Lining, Top, Center, Bottom, Center, Top, Lining.

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Fold this in half, right sides together. Using a pencil or erasable marker, make 2 marks 1″ apart on the Top fabric, 1″ from the seam that connects the Center fabric to the Top. Repeat on the other side. This will be the casing for the tie. Do not sew between these lines.

Mark a 3″ – 4″ opening at the end of the Lining fabric as well. This will be used for turning. Do not sew between these lines either.

Now that you have marked the “no sew” areas, sew a seam around the 3 edges, back stitching at the beginning and end of all seams.

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To give the bag a nice flat bottom, I fold the corners, placing the bottom seam against the side seam. Then mark off a 3″ corner and sew. Then trim off the ends.  Just like I did for my Feed Bag Totes. This is done on all 4 corners (lining included).

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Turn the bag right side out through the opening at the bottom of the lining. Draw a line 1″ below the fold and another 1″ below that. These lines should line up with the gap left by the unsewn area created in the earlier step.

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Sew along both lines all the way around the bag.

Make ties by folding the Tie strips in half lengthwise and ironing. Then fold the outer edges to the fold line and iron again. Sew along the open edge. Using a safety pin attached to one end, push the tie into one side and all the way around until it comes out the same hole it went into. Do this on the other side too.

Hand sew the hole in the lining.

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You now have a cute bag to carry your knitting or whatever strikes your fancy.

Because I wanted mine for knitting, I also made a little zipper bag to hold my stitch markers etc. and a Double Pointed Needle Case that I showed you in an earlier post.

I think it makes a nice set!

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I also made one that has square corners (I skipped the step to make a flat bottom). I like that one too!

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