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Sydney, Australia

Hello! I design and make handmade accessories for kids and grownups, using a lot of lovely Japanese fabrics, both traditional and contemporary. I also love using organic fabrics as much as possible, ...

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Mini Towel and Lined Drawstring Bag

from Piggledee
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Mini Towel and Lined Drawstring Bag
Mini Towel and Lined Drawstring Bag Application - lavender sachets
Mini Towel and Lined Drawstring Bag Sample instruction page
Mini Towel and Lined Drawstring Bag Finished items
Mini Towel and Lined Drawstring Bag Finished drawstring bags
Mini Towel and Lined Drawstring Bag Title page of the pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Set up your sewing machine and stitch a straight line.

Pattern Description:

This pattern is perfect for anyone who is new to sewing, and would like to learn basic zakka sewing techniques while making something pretty and useful - a fluffy double gauze mini towel with a hanging tab, wrapped in a beautiful lined drawstring gift bag. Great value, too, because there are two projects in one pattern!

Learn the very basics of sewing while making a mini towel, and then move on to the more challenging (but only slightly more!) lined drawstring bag. You can easily complete the two projects in one afternoon.

You don't have to use double gauze of course to take advantage of these patterns. Any lightweight woven fabric will do. But if you are curious about double gauze, I encourage you to find some on the net and give it a try - I know you'll love the fabric. The pattern has a section on how to work with double gauze - with lots of useful tips on cutting and sewing the material.

The PDF pattern features in-depth instructions with many large, clear photos, so even a near-total beginner can follow them with ease. The pattern comes in a computer and tablet-friendly landscape format, and all measurements are indicated in imperial AND metric.

The finished size for the mini towel is about 7.5" (19cm) square. The finished size for the drawstring gift bag is about 7" wide x 7.5" high (18cm x 19cm). It's easy to make a bigger or smaller items though - just cut the materials to the size you like!

I've had this pattern tested by 5 lovely volunteers, 2 of whom were near complete beginners. Both of them were able to make the items on their own, following the pattern, with no help from me at all - so you can do it, too!

Once you learn how to make these two items, the possibility of other items you can make on your own, using the same method, is endless. Think baby blankets, washers, handkerchiefs, coasters, placemats, laundry bags, lavender sachets, large drawstring bag for school or daycare items.... I know you'll love this pattern. :)

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Mini towel will be about 7.5" square
  • Drawstring bag will be about 7" wide x 7.5" high
  • But it's very easy to modify the sizes to your liking.


  • Lightweight woven fabric, such as double gauze - 1/4 yard
  • Lightweight woven fabric for bag lining - 1/4 yard
  • Towel / terry fabric - 8.5" square (1 piece)
  • 1/2" wide ribbon - 1 1/4 yards

You Will Also Need:

  • Sewing machine (if not, you can hand sew)
  • Thread
  • Bodkin or safety pin (for threading the drawstring bag)
  • Iron
  • Scissors

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