Today’s project is something a little different – a bag decorated with a machine embroidered patch. You can make a bag for any purpose, but I really needed something to store all my single “orphaned socks” in, you know, the ones that somehow lose their mate between the laundry hamper and dryer. Where do they disappear to?!? I always hang on to those socks, hoping I’ll find their mates one day…
The result is a cute little bag to store your lonely orphaned socks in, the awesomely late 80s/early 90s fabric was given to me by a good friend, love gifted fabric!
To make the bag, you’ll need 2 large squares of fabric, and a smaller piece to make an embroidered patch with. Reinforce the patch fabric by ironing on a piece of one-sided fusible interfacing to the back of it. Flip the fabric over, and embroider as desired. Add topstitching to decorate the patch if you like. Use a needle to pull the top threads through to the back side and knot in place. If you used your sewing machine to embroider, trim the joining threads between letters.
I added several other rows of coloured thread embroidery, finishing with a purple wavy line passing over the other colours. Trim the fabric to the desired size (pic on left, below), and press under a small narrow hem (middle pic). Topstitch the hem in place, if desired (pic on right).
Sew the embroidered patch in place to one of your large squares pieces of fabric, using whatever decorative stitch you like.
Sew around the 3 long edges of the bag, leaving the top edge free. Important, be sure to leave a gap about 1.5″ from the tops of both sides near the bag’s opening (see where my finger is pointing in the pic to the left, below). This will be used for the drawstring. On the right, I’ve topstitched around the hole – it’s optional, but it helps reinforce it.
Fold over the top of the hem, tucking in the end to form a casing. It really helps if you use an iron the press the folds before sewing. Sew the casing in place, going all the way around the top of the bag.
Now make a long bias strip to use as the drawstring of the bag. Cut a long strip of fabric, about 1.5″ wide, and the length of the circumference of the bag plus a few extra inches. Using an iron, fold in the outer edges to the centre of the strip, pressing in place (first pic, below). Now fold the piece in two, creating a neat little strip (second pic). Sew the edge, binding both sides of the strip together.
Attach a safety pin to the end of the bias strip, and insert it through the hole on one side of the casing. Pull it all the way through, and join the ends of the bias strip by sewing them together. Pull the binding out through the other casing hole, so that you now have loops on either side of the bag – you can pull on these to close your bag if wanted, or use the loop to hang the bag by a hook in your laundry room!
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