This fully lined drawstring bag can be used for almost anything. It goes together quickly and can be made in any size. I made this one to use as a tech bag – a place to corral phone chargers, cords, and ear buds. The finished size of the bag is 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ and it has a zippered pocket on the front. So, even though it is small, it will hold lots!
The photo below shows the supplies you need to make the bag. I used two coordinating fabrics and it takes less than 2 fat quarters to make it. The only other things you need are 44″ of 1/4″ ribbon or cord for the drawstring and you may want a second spool of thread in a contrasting color to appliqué the zipper to the bag.
I used two presser feet for this project. A zipper foot and an open embroidery foot.The zipper is stitched next to the coils on one side using BERNINA foot #4/4D and appliquéd with a blanket stitch on the opposite side using BERNINA foot #20/20C/20D. This foot was also used for all of the bag construction.
Fold the pocket fabric in half with wrong sides together. Stitch the lower edge using a ¼” seam allowance. Turn the pocket to the right side and press. Place the folded edge of one zipper tape and stitch next to the coils using a zipper foot. Note: The zipper extends beyond the fabric about 1″ on each end.
Draw a line across the center of the bag fabric. This will be the lower edge of the bag once it is finished. Position the seamed lower edge of the pocket on this drawn line. Edgestitch the lower edge of the pocket. For instructions on using an open embroidery foot for edgestitching, Click Here. Baste the pocket to the bag along both sides and the zipper tape, about 1/8″ from the edge.
Trim the excess zipper tape from both ends. Stitch the upper edge of the zipper tape to the bag using a blanket stitch, I used a double blanket stitch (stitch #1330 on my BERNINA 790).
Place two casing fabric pieces, wrong sides together. Stitch each short end using a ¼” seam allowance. Turn each casing to the right side and press it. Fold it in half again across the width with the raw edges even and press. Place one folded casing in the center of one end of the bag fabric, matching the raw edges. The seam allowances of the bag should extend beyond the casing on each side. Repeat with the remaining casing on the opposite end of the bag.
Place one lining piece right sides together with one of the upper edges of the bag. The casing should be between the bag and the lining fabrics. They should be facing the bag and all raw edges should be even. Repeat with the remaining lining piece and the opposite edge of the bag.
Stitch each end using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam allowances to the lining side.
Stitch the side and lower edges of the bag using 1/4” seams, leaving 3″-4″ open on the lower edge of the lining. Turn the bag to the right side and press. Fold the seam allowances of the lower lining edge in; edgestitch the opening to close it. Cut the ribbon into two 22″ pieces. Feed one piece into the end of one casing and then into the second casing until the ribbon comes out close to the first end of it. Tie the ends of the ribbon together to form a circle. Do the same with the remaining ribbon going in the opposite direction. Pull the ribbons to close your drawstring tech bag.
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