Quilted Stripe Drawstring Bag

Created By:

Annabel Wrigley

Skill Level: Intermediate

These sweet stripe quilted bags are the perfect quick sewing project and make the most perfect gift for anyone! Store your sewing notions when traveling or make it with vinyl lining for the sweetest makeup bag.

Fabric and Notions Required

5” WOF fabrics in 2 colors

2 pieces of fabric for the lining measuring 10” x 11”

60” cord or paracord

2 - 2 1/2” x 9 1/2 strips of fabric for cord sleeves

Thin cotton batting measuring 12” x 23”

12” x 23” piece of backing fabric.(This won’t be seen so any color/print would work.

Basic sewing supplies




The outside bag

1.  Cut 4 -1” wide WOF strips in each color


2.  Cut each strip in half to make 8 strips total in each color.


3.  Piece the strips together with a 1/4” seam allowance , alternating colors.


4.  Press the finished panel well.


5.  Make a quilt sandwich with your batting and backing fabric, quilt the stripe panel as desired.


6.  Cut the quilted stripe panel to measure 10” x 21”


7.  Fold the panel in half , using an erasable marker, mark a rectangle on both sides of the lower fold to measure 1 1/2” from the bottom fold and 1 3/4” from the raw edges.


8.  Carefully cut the rectangles from both sides of the bag bottom.


9.  With the 2 - 2 1/2” x 9 1/2” strips, fold the short ends towards the WS of the strip 1/4” and press in place.


Fold over another 1/4” and press.


10.  Topstitch both folded ends. Repeat for the other strip.


11.  Fold the strip WS together and press.


12.  Line the raw edges of the folded strip with the raw edge of the bag top, pin the strip in place, making sure it is centered.


Repeat with the other side of the bag.


13.  Baste the raw edges together


14.  With the bag RST, pin and sew down both sides of the bag.


15.  Bring the raw edges of the bag corners together, pin and sew.


16.  Turn the bag right side out.


The lining

1.  Position lining pieces RST


2.  Use an erasable marker and draw a square on the bottom corners of the lining piece measuring 1 3/4” x 1 3/4”


3.  Cut the squares.


4.  Pin and sew down both sides of the lining pieces.


5.  Sew across the bag bottom, leaving a few inches open for turning later.


6.  Sew across the corners.



Finish it up

1.  Line up the raw edges and pin in place.


2.  Sew around the top of the bag.


3.  Pull the outer bag through the hole in the lining.



4.  Sew the hole closed by folding in the raw edges and sewing close to the edge of the opening.


5.  Push the lining inside the bag, press around the top edge of the bag.


6.  Cut 60” piece of cord in half.


7.  Using a safety pin, thread one end of the cord through one side of the cord sleeve, thread it through both cord sleeves so it comes out on the same side that you started from.


8.  Thread the other piece of the cord through the other side of the cord sleeve, repeating the same steps as above.


9.  Tie a knot with the 2 loose ends on each side - when you pull on them they will cinch the bag! 

Everyone is Talking about Quilted Stripe Drawstring Bag

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Around the Table Dresden Placemats
Saturday, December 17, 2016

I like the concept, but the directions are "sloppy." Nowhere in the supply list does it mention the felt or the batting (how much?). Also, I would never use a high loft batting in a placemat, or a table runner, as I think that it would be too unstable for a glass. The next time I make these, I will cut out the batting (I use flannel) and spray baste it to the wrong side of the Dresden plate before I put the Dresden plate on the felt to cut out. I have not yet washed the finished placemat, and am hoping that the single layer of felt does not curl up, or become distorted after washing/drying.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Friday, February 24, 2017

I made this today but your cutting directions need to be changed. You only need 4 of color 1 and color 3 4.5 squares for the triangles. Also the inner border, you only need 2 cuts as WOF is long enough to cut each in half to fit the sides.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I've had this machine for only a week now. I bought it used from a lady who makes her own clothes, but she no longer needed the machine. During the purchase, she noted that she is almost sad that it's better to give it away because of how well the machine performed. (I also bought it along side a computerized machine of another brand.} She demoed the machine for us, showing it worked and gave us everything (including the box it came in!) She took amazing care of this machine. I have used it a few times now, and the directions for threading were easy to follow (albeit my hands are quite large so the lower looper was a pain, but that is no fault to the machine or brand.) And I recommend this machine to anyone who wants to learn to serge and wants a machine that can grow with them. I will happily use this machine time and time again.
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I made the Halloween treat bag for my new granddaughter and I’m sure it will last for years. No embroidery machine so I appliquéd the lettering. Need a little more skirt fabric for a better gathered look, and I used thin double-bias tape for the skirt hem, over edge stitch on skirt sides. I’m pleased with my results!
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I want to say thank you for teaching me this method of applique. I was able to do it with a small letters. This method is the best so far from all of those I've seen and tried.

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