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Free Pattern Gym/Beach Drawstring Bag

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Cute
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What was your source for this sewing project? Improvisational

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What materials did you use? Cut:4 - 5 1/2" diam circle - 1 of main fabric, 1 of coordinating fabric, and 1 of extra firm interfacing or cardboard and 1 of vinyl. 1 - 16 1/4" x 22" rectangle of main fabric, 1 - 14" x 22" of vinyl, 2 - 10" x 2 1/2" strips of coordinating fabric for drawstring cases. 2 - 15" x 1" strips of main fabric for drawstrings Main bag: Turn 1/8" toward wrong side along the bottom and top (length-wise) of main fabric; press. Turn again 1/4"; press, then stitch close to edge for a finished edge along the top and bottom of the main fabric piece. Drawstring cases: Fold each 10" strip in half, lengthwise, right sides together; sew 1/4" seam along length and one end of each strip; turn. Turn 1/4" inside on open ends, blind stitch, press. Align each casing 2 3/4" from top of main fabric and 1" from each side end of main fabric piece. Stitch closely along each edge lengthwise to form drawstring case. Fold main fabric piece right sides together to form cylinder and sew 1/2" seam. Bottom Circles: Sew fabric circles right sides together with interfacing on wrong side of one. Leave an opening; turn and blind stitch. Baste circle to bottom inside of bag; stitch in place with a 1/4" seam; turn and press. Vinyl liner: Assemble vinyl liner and vinyl bottom circle together in same manner as bag. Place inside bag, wrong sides together. Turn down top of main fabric (about 2" - just above drawstring cases) making sure to catch sufficient amount of the vinyl liner; baste or pin in place; stitch. Drawstrings: Fold each drawstring strip in half, right sides together; stitch 1/2" seam along length and one end; trim excess; turn and blind stitch open end. Run one drawstring into the opening of the casing on the right side of bag all the way through the other casing and ending back up on the right side of the bag, but coming out of the other casing. Run the other drawstring starting on the left side of the bag, in like manner, coming out on the left side through the other casing.

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What are you most proud of? Designing and writing the instructions for this simple, but functional bag! Just copy and paste in your documents file. You may need to add spaces b/w sections to make it more readable. I may redo this as a pdf file soon.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? It's very easy, If you have any questions on the instructions, please let me know!

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This is a cute bag. Are you selling the pattern or is this a free project?

03/12/2013 Flag