Home About Press Crafts Recipes

Friday, January 30, 2009

Craft Project: Leaf Drawstring Bag

As promised, here's the tutorial for the leaf drawstring bag.

Copy the template above and print it out. It should fit on 8 1/2" by 11" page. Using the template, cut out two pale green leaves and two dark green leaves.

Using a contrasting green thread, top stitch the leaf veins onto one of the dark green leaves. This will be the front of the bag. Click on the image if you're having trouble seeing the detail.

Pin together a dark green leaf and a light green leaf with right sides together. Sew a straight line across the top of the leaves 3/8" from the edge (refer to picture). Make two sets of these.

Open up the leaves and press the seam.

Pin both leaf sets right sides together. Make sure to match up the colors. Sew all the way around with a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a small opening to turn the piece right side out. Make sure the opening is on the lining (light green).

Turn right side out.

Tuck the light green leaf into the inside of the dark green leaf. You should now have a leaf shaped pouch that is lined.

Now you will sew the casing. This part is a little tricky because the opening of the bag isn't that wide. The measurements for the casing are 1" and 1/2" from the top edge.

In between the casing stitches on the side seams of the bag, use a seam ripper to open a hole on each side of the bag.

Tie a piece of ribbon to a safety pin. Thread the ribbon through the opening and all the way around the bag to where you started. Do this again with another piece of ribbon starting at the other opening.

You should now have something that looks like the above picture.



Rebecca said...

You make it look so easy! That is something I've just gotta try. Thank you so much, it's a great project.

greetingarts said...

Sorry, that last comment was from me... my daughter had signed into her account and forgot to sign out!

mushroommeadows said...

So adorable! I love it! :)

manda said...

lol to greetingarts! Gorgeous idea, I don't know where you get them! I told my mother about your "key hider" the other day and she just loves it! Then the water balloon key covers and she's planning on doing that too! lol

Mandi said...

Another great treat! I can't wait to make this for my fairies and elf!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Aww, its darling! I would have gone crazy over this when I played fairy as a kid! I need to make this for all the young ones I know. Thanks for the how-to, I'll be linking.

Alexis said...

I'll have to try to make a few for my kids. They will love them (and so will I!)

Unknown said...

That is really adorable!!

Lisa said...

I LOVE this bag! It'd be cute in felt too! I will have to try it! Thank you for sharing!

Meg said...

I made two of these thanks to your tutorial! They are so gorgeous thank you!. I put a link to your tutorial on my blog. Hope that's okay :o).

Piera said...

so nice! I did it! here you are http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=139332336133672&set=pu.132850563448516&theater

girl said...

Your work is wonderful! Absolutely love it! thanks for the tutorial!

gracielynn said...

SO cute..
I usually put a silky fabric inside to make pulling my knitting out easier.

love the idea of a leaf shape..:-)

seguir leyendo said...

It's real great!! thanks!

Mrs. DeVries said...

I just made 14 of these bad boys for my son's birthday party. Thank you for posting your tutorial. I am so excited to give these away.

Zakka Life has moved to a new site!

Click here to visit the new site.