With all the beach trips we have been on and the many we have planned, I am always finding myself wanting to take a crafty project with me. Most recently it has been crochet, but I have also had some hand sewing that would have been nice to complete on the beach with the waves crashing in front of me! I needed a little bag where I could keep crafty bits separate to sun cream, drinks and towels to avoid any damage.
I came across a pin from Lori over at A Bee in my Bonnet. Right at the top of her post is a row of these adorable little drawstring bags! Cute and just perfect for the bag I had in mind; somewhere to put a few little bits, easy to access and covers the contents up from any sand that may be blowing my way. I headed over to Ayumi at Pink Penguin for the tutorial.
Ayumi suggests using oilcloth for the bag, which would be perfect if I had some…but I didn’t and I wanted to try and use some of the fabric that I already have.
I chose 3 fabrics to use, making the handles the same as the main body fabric, and I made the rim the same as the lining.
The fabric cutting instructions were clear. I read through the tutorial and found that I also needed to cut some interfacing for certain parts as I was not using oilcloth. It is also useful to note that if you don’t want exposed seams on the inside of the drawstring fabric part, you need to add a little extra so that you can hem these edges. I meant to add extra and then forgot so I just overlocked the edge in a contrasting orange thread, which actually looked kind of cool.
The bag comes together easily and at some points of the process you are sewing through several layers so take it slow.
My finished bag fits a couple of yarn skeins inside, plus my scissors, crochet hooks and a small book. I will be making a couple more of these and may even try to make a larger one to hold all of my yarn!