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I’ve wanted to make a drawstring kit-style bag for a while, and with Busby starting Nursery in less than two weeks (*sob*) I thought this would be the perfect opportunity! The Nursery does have their own branded bag, but I’m not one to go along with the crowd… Also, this was a great excuse to get my sewing machine out; a piece of equipment that has been sorely neglected since my baby entered the world almost 8 months ago!
I headed to our local(ish) fabric shop and haberdashery Fabric Land in Brighton. I’m a bit obsessed with this store, and am a frequent visitor; the staff are very knowledgable and there is a fantastic selection of fabric, buttons and general craft porn. You can see the Google+ album of my visit here.
Originally I wanted to make a navy bag with yellow lining, but then I came across the kite fabric (discussed below) and this gorgeous flower print, so decided to buy it all and choose at home!
I didn’t really know where to start with the bag so turned to the mighty Pinterest in search of a tutorial. I came across this wonderful one by Sew Scrumptious, which I pretty much used word for word, or should that be stitch for stitch? I won’t do a step-by-step for you, as I would literally be copying and pasting her text, which would be rather wrong.
Instead I’ve decided to tell you what I did differently.
1) Which fabric to line the bag? I used kite fabric to line the bag. I’ve never used kite fabric before, but I am a convert – it’s amazing! Plus it’s showerproof, so useful for the quick dash along our road to Nursery if it’s raining… or if Busby ends up with wet clothes these can be thrown in here without it soaking through. It also makes the bag feel a bit more sturdy. I’ve got big plans for kite fabric now – so watch this space!
2) How much cord? The tutorial doesn’t say how much cord to buy, so I only bought a metre thinking it would be plenty. I would advise 1.5 metres, just so you’ve got some spare to play with.
3) The appliquéd letters. My sewing machine isn’t the greatest in the world, and doesn’t do appliqué well, so if I’m personalising something I prefer to use felt and hand stitch it on. I love felt – it’s so easy to use!
4) Embellishments. I decided to add something other than text to the bag as I felt it needed something else. I created this lovely little felt flower out of… well, felt, and a button! Very simple, and I think it adds another element to the bag.
5) Threading the cord. I used a safety pin to thread the cord, as in the tutorial. However, my safety pin opened halfway round, and the whole threading debacle turned into: “can Hannah remove the safety pin without having to unpick the stitching?” I managed to get it out after about 10 minutes of huffing! I didn’t make the same mistake again and wrapped it in masking tape before attempting for the second time. This worked! Hoorah!
6) Anything extra? I added this super cute ladybird button to the knot in the cord, just to keep the knot in place. I found these buttons on Folksy ages ago, and they’ve been sitting in my “bits and bobs” box in my crafting area just waiting for a home.
So here we have it! What do you think?
I’m so proud of my (Busby’s) bag, and will definitely be making them for birthday and Christmas presents for children of friends and family!