Friday, March 18, 2011

Easy Drawstring Tote

I made this tote to match the number bean bags from this post. They're just so cute together I can't resist posting a photo here of the whole set!

I wanted to do a separate post for the tote since it's such a versatile thing to make and it was really fast to whip up. Plus it's easy enough you could even make them to use as gift bags!

To make your own, first cut two rectangles, one for the front and one for the back. You'll be folding this in half later so take that into account when you decide on a size. For the bean bag tote I used a 23" x 13" rectangle. Put right sides together and stitch all the way around but leave a 3" opening.

Turn right side out. Next, use an iron to crease the edges of the opening so that the raw edges are inside. Then fold the top over 1 1/4" and iron that down. Put a drawstring inside the opening then pin down the edge. Stitch along the edge with a 1/8" seam allowance.

Fold in half so you're seeing the side that you want to be the inside. Stitch around the bottom and the open side, stopping 2" before the top.

Attach the drawstring toggle.

Turn right side out.

Ready to fill with goodies!