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Draw string bag

Not much to show this week. I am trying to finish some little projects and have brought a bag on them on holiday in the hope there will be some sewing time.

At last years’ Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally I bought a fat quarter of a fab print by Echino Ni-Co called Camera in turquoise. It features a vintage 35mm camera in repeat and I thought I might make something for my husband who loves taking photographs. That never happened when I realised a fat quarter wouldn’t be enough to wrap around a lens, let alone his digital SLR. So I kept it for myself and made a little drawstring bag for my camera.

drawstring bag

The trouble was I’d never made a draw-string bag before. I thought it would be easy but it wasn’t!

I tentatively cut the beautiful fabric as I wanted the print to be the same way up on both sides of the bag. I pinned a small hem and sewed along the two sides and bottom of the bag. Then I was stuck as I had no idea how to finish the draw string part. It’s a little bit bodged but it does work (just don’t look too closely). Luckily the print is eye-catching enough that you don’t really need to be examining my stitching ­čÖé

sewing bag

Currently appropriated as a sewing bag for my mini hexagons!

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    September 3, 2012 at 8:31 am

    It looks like you made a really good job of it – and with a bold print, the stitching matters a bit less, anyway. Love the fabric, btw!

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    September 3, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I love your blog, lots of great ideas. I’m going to make your Daffodil biscuits when the toddlers come home from nursery. x

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    September 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

    It seems very few of us can go on holiday without taking some projects to start/finish!

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    highland monkeys
    September 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

    When I go on my hols a project is one of the first things to go in the suitcase! Your fabric is gorgeous, that blue just sings at you. Great little hidy place for your hexis.

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    September 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    well done on your make, gives you such a boost when something works out well

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    Fiddly fingers
    September 3, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Great fabric, a lot of us have to take a project on hols with us or we get withdrawal symptoms!

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    Kathryn Coster
    September 3, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    That’s lovely. I really wanted that fabric to make a lens cap holder for DH but could only find it by the half metre which was really expensive! Gorgeous though.

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    September 4, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Hmm, maybe i should get one for keeping my current projects in. I’m constantly trying to hid my fabric off the kitchen table at meal times. Maybe one of those bags is the ideal solution!

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    September 4, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    I really like the fabric. It’s very eye-catching.

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    September 5, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Will the camera ever get a chance with the bag or does crafting win?!
    Great little bag x

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