Bag-Making Basics: Drawstring Bag & Bucket Bag

with Kristin Link

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In this free mini-class, Kristin Link of Sew, Mama, Sew! leads you through two fun and easy projects you're sure to love. Read More…

  1. Class Overview
  2. Meet the Instructor
  3. Ratings & Reviews
  4. Materials
  5. FAQs

Class Description

Your favorite bag might just be one you make yourself with the guidance of this free mini-class. Kristin Link of Sew, Mama, Sew! offers easy-to-follow instructions for a drawstring bag you can embellish with embroidery, rubber-stamps or more, and a soft-sided bucket bag that's perfect for holding toys or craft projects. You'll learn clever tips for making drawstrings, adding exterior pockets, and reinforcing your bag. Both bags can be customized to any size. If you want to make a personalized gift, share a project with youngsters or just whip up an easy, fun bag for yourself, you'll love this class.

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Lesson Plan


Lesson 1. Welcome to Your FREE Mini-Class

  • Learn how to use your free Craftsy mini-class!


Lesson 2. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Kristin Link of "Sew, Mama, Sew!" and learn about the fabulous bags you'll make in class.


Lesson 3. Drawstring Bag Part 1

  • Follow along with Kristin as you sew and embellish the drawstring bag's exterior. You can use embroidery, rubber stamps or other techniques to personalize your bag. You'll also sew the lining.


Lesson 4. Drawstring Bag Part 2

  • Add the lining and user-friendly drawstrings to finish a darling bag that can be used anywhere from the beach to the classroom. If you're a knitter or crocheter, this bag is great for holding individual projects and keeping your yarn clean.


Lesson 5. Bucket Bag Part 1

  • Kristin shows how to prepare your fabric and sew the exterior, lining and pocket of a playful bucket bag that can hold toys or craft projects.


Lesson 6. Bucket Bag Part 2

  • Sew along with Kristin as you add the bucket bag's lining, make the handle and attach it to the exterior. And just like that, your bag is finished and ready to use!

"Really enjoyed this class, learned some new tricks. Kristin is a very good instructor, giving easy-to-follow instructions & is very thorough with her explanations. Everything is covered with great detail, which makes this class great for beginner sewers. Thank you Kristin, & Craftsy, for this free course."
- Winny

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