Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Drawstring Pouch Tutorial

Hi, there. Well, it's past 3am and I am awake monitoring my hubby's temperature. He's had fever since this afternoon and has got a twisted ankle since yesterday : (
So, while trying to keep awake, I decided to make myself a cup of coffee and took my laptop in bed. And I have decided to share with you the tutorial we shared with Kaysi when we guest posted for her last Friday. Kaysi blogs over at:

 Keeping It Simple

Thanks, Kaysi! It was really fun!

And today, I would want to share with you (especially  to those who haven't got the chance to see the tute before) a very quick tutorial with you for a drawstring pouch. 

I created this especially for a friend of my daughter who celebrated her birthday last Friday. I made a summer dress with matching hair accesories, a headband a multi-purpose brooch and this pouch for her. 

I found this fabric in my stash while I was deciding what handmade gifts to make. This fabric is a japanese cotton fabric, so soft and really lovely in person!

The pouch is ideal for the extra clothes they have to leave in their classroom in case they needed to be changed. I was really glad my daughter's friend and her mom liked the handmade gifts!

Now, on to the tutorial.

You will need:

2 pcs. 28" x 9" fabric (exterior)
2 pcs. 28" x 9" fabric (interior)
3 pcs. base(1 exterior, 1 interior fabric, 1 batting) measurement: 27.5" circumference, 8.75" diameter 
1 pc. 18" x 2" for short sling (exterior fabreic)
2 pcs. 1" x 32" for drawstring (exterior fabric)
lace and ribbon for embellishment
thread and basic sewing notions

1. Get one of your exterior fabric and sew whatever embellishment you'd want to use. In my case I used a vintage lace I found in my stash and a satin ribbon. I also made a tiny bow from the satin ribbon and added a small bead on its center and hand-sewn it on.

2. Get your rectangular exterior fabric pieces. Lay them right sides together and sew a straight stitch on one short side but do not sew all the way. Leave 1-inch unsewn (from the top) as shown below.

3. Cut along the short side of your sewn stitches. Well, it's more like of a clip than a cut. Fold the piece of fabric from where you've just clipped it, from the edge inwards. Fabric will be facing wrong sides together. I really hope my instruction makes sense... Sometimes, I even confuse myself when I read what I write... ^^)
Well, if you look at it from the right side of your fabric, it will look like this (I hope the picture helps):

Sew a straight stitch so you'll have this:

Do the same to the other side of your exterior fabric. 

4. Get your round base exterior fabric and the batting. Sew them together using a basting stitch. 

5. Get your exterior rectangular pieces, now sewn together and attach it to the base. Make sure the side where you have the 1-inch folds on each side is on top (not to be attached to the base). It is where you'd be inserting your drawstring later. Sew a straight stitch then zigzag stitch to keep the edges from fraying. 

So, you'll have this:

6. Follow the same procedures for your interior fabric but remember to leave 2 inches unsewn on either side of your rectangular piece so you can turn your pouch inside out later on. Also, you can add your tag while you're doing this step.

7. Get your long sling piece, fold it crosswise, right sides together. Sew a straight stitch on each long side leaving one end unsewn (the other end is folded).

8. Turn it inside out and topstitch. You could also iron it first before topstitching.

9. Attach each short side of your handle on your exterior fabric. Mark the center of each (rectangular) piece of your pouch and pin your handle, aligning the edges. Sew a basting stitch.

10. Get your two pouches pieces (exterior and interior). Arrange them aligning the top edges so they'll be right sides together and sew them together. Make sure your sling or handle is well hidden inside so it won't get caught and get sewn.

11. You remember I told you to leave 2" unsewn on one side of your inner fabric? Turn your pouch inside out through it. 

Then topstitch on your pouch's top edge leaving 1/4" seam from the edge.

12. Sew a straight stitch 1/2" away from the topstitch you just did.

13.  Get your drawstring pieces and fold it lengthwise in 4, as if you're making your own bias tape. Sew a straight stitch all through it's entire length. You could iron it first or just fold as you go.

14. Insert each drawstring to your pouch. I inserted a bead then made a knot on each end. Make sure you insert it in such a way that you have a knotted and beaded end on each side of your pouch.

Now, you have a drawstring pouch! Easy-peasy, right?

We hope that you liked today's quick tute ^^) If you want to see how I made the summer tunic for the birthday gift, I will be posting a tutorial late this week!

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Leena said...

Hi there! I really like your blog but do you know that it is one of the slowiest ones to roll down? I use the small laptop and your posts are almost impossible to be read:( It is really frustrating! Do you have any idea why?

Fiona said...

Hi ladies!!!
Lovely post !!! It's a great tutorial!!!
Have a nice day!!

To Sew With Love said...

Hi, Leena! thanks for dropping by and thanks for informing me of the slow loading of my page. A week ago, I had a larger embedded music which I have replaced with a very much lighter one as I was also informed by a bloggie buddy of the slow loading. after reading your comment, I viewed my own page and it loaded well, about 5-6 seconds to fully load although between 2-3 seconds you could already see the text of my posts. I viewed that on my big laptop 17". i viewed the same page on my daughter's laptop of 15" and it loaded the same (5-6 seconds). I viewed it on my son's mini notebook and it took a while, 8 seconds to fully load. I am not sure if it's got something to do with the monitor size, I really don't think so... maybe more with the internet connection speed or other reason which I would have to look into. I hope your previous experience visiting our blog won't stop you from visiting us again. I would further look into this and hoope find a solution. thanks! I really appreciate your feedback!


Leena said...

Lelanie: It really can be caused by the speed of the connection. But anyway your blog is one of the slowiest ones:) I will visit, anyway!

Kristen @ ladybug-blessings.com said...

what a great idea!! Thank you so much for linking up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings. www.ladybug-blessings.com (p.s. did you enter my giveaway for handstamped jewelry? It ends the 4th :)

Anonymous said...

Great post thanks

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