One fat quarter of fabric (18 x 22 inches).
About 48 inches of 5/8 inch ribbon
Cut the fat quarter into two 8.5 x 21 inch rectangles. Each rectangle will make one drawstring bag.
**If you want to make a wider drawstring bag, cut 1/3 of a yard into two 12 x 22 inch pieces**
Fold the rectangle in half, right sides together, so that the two unfinished edges are touching. On one side, measure down 2 inches and mark with two pins. Pin both sides as needed.
Starting at the pins, stitch down to the bottom of the fabric with a 1/2 seam allowance. Back stitch at the top and bottom. On the other side, stitch from the unfinished top down to the bottom.
Clip off the bottom corners at an angle.
Press the seam allowances open. This is how the side that was started 2 inches down should look.
Turn under the unfinished top 1/4 inch and iron.
Turn down again approximately 3/4 inch. Iron and pin in place.
Remove the table from the machine to make it easier to sew around the top of the bag.
Pull the ribbon to test out it’s gathering skills. Trim ribbon if necessary.
Two cute drawstring bags, perfect for carrying lunches or a variety of “special stuff.”