Thursday, 3 November 2011

my creative space - treasure bags

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I had so much fun making these little drawstring bags, I started with one and couldn't stop. It was wonderful to be sewing with my toy box prints, the marbles and triangles and the purple polka dot and seeing how they mix and match with each other and also with other fabrics. I like the way they play together, I like the colours and the scale. Patchwork is such a fun way to combine prints, and after a while some of the techniques I learnt making my quilt came back to me. I'm nearly ready to tackle another!

I've been meaning for ages to make a drawstring bag, and of course meaning to make a marble bag from my marble fabric since I designed it, I had to! The other day I found this great tutorial for a patchwork version and knew I had to give it a try.

The tutorial has two drawstrings but I've used just one. My only other modifications, which I made on the three plain bags, were a slightly smaller size (7 3/4" square) and also I made the drawstring panel at the top slightly wider so you see more of the contrasting fabric (2 inches wide rather than the specified 1 1/2").

I made the patchwork bag first, and it took a little while to cut the pieces and put them together. The other three were so quick - I cut and sewed them as a batch. All four bags are reversible, that's the patchwork in the last photo, its lined with my triangle twist fabric. The other three I lined with calico to make them more hard wearing, which is lucky because they've all been claimed by my kids and taken off to be filled with treasure. I think these would be perfect for collectible cards, game pieces, money, lollies, or even marbles but you could fill them with anything. They'd make a nice Christmas gift I think, filled with treasure. I'm definitely going to be making more.

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28 comments :

  1. I love drawstring bags - they're so quick and easy and, above all, versatile!

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  2. I love the way your designs all work together beautifully inthe patchy one. Just gorgeous!

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  3. The fabric just suits them perfectly. Particularly love the marble one! When I was a kid I had a bag of marbles in a little drawstring bag that my grandmother had made for my dad's marbles. My grandmother had passed away before I was born and the bag was the only thing I ever had of hers. Sad to say I don't know what happened to the bag, but my son owns the same (3rd generation) marbles now.

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  4. Ah your fabrics are gorgeous, I love the colours and the perfectly prettyful wee bags you made <3

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  5. These are the cutest bags ever!!! I just found your blog via Our Creative Space and now I'm a new follower! I love how colorful everything is. :)

    Cheers!
    Maureen

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  6. I love drawstring bags, I find there is something really satisfying about making them. I have never done any that are as detailed as yours though. I love the colours you have used, and the fact that they are reversible is a fantastic idea!
    It's my first visit to your blog, but love what I have seen!

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  7. Never enough drawstring bags! Your fabric is gorgeous. Love how it is playful yet stylish at the same time.

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  8. I love the patchwork one! I have made so many drawstring bags, but never a patchwork one. I have added it to the list.

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  9. Gorgeous, little bags, which have so many uses. Love your fabric choices.

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  10. They are so bright and lovely! I love your beautiful fabrics.

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  11. They're awesome! I've just started making some this week too! go the drawstring bags!

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  12. Such great happy colours who wouldn't want to hid treasure in it!!! I LOVE the patchwork drawstring bag.. Gorgeous!

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  13. how beautiful!
    the designs go perfectly together.

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  14. They look really great! I will have to check out that tutorial, those kinds of bags are so handy for lots of uses.

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  15. Oh Suzy I love them!! And you are absolutely right Christmas is coming - I can't think of a better excuse. Can I bags two out of your next batch? x Alisa

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  16. They are all gorgeous in your fabric, but the patchwork one is sublime. I love it.

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  17. Beautiful! They really show off your fabrics nicely. And there's always something very appealing about drawstring bags.

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  18. It's amazing what a bit of patchwork does to lift a project from lovely to gorgeous.

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  19. They're all so pretty, you've inspired me to make some drawstring bags.

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  20. Love these! Am needing to make some drawstring bags too - keep procrastinating, but may actually do them now!

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  21. Oh my goodness these are the cutest drawstring bags ever! Your lovely fabric is sooo perfect for these projects! You made my day!

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  22. Congratulations! The drawstring bags are just beautiful and your blog is lovely!

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  23. Fabulous! OMG, you keep amazing and inspiring me. I'm way too filled with the flu to even contemplate a new project... just off to your shop to see if they're there :) Kx

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  24. these are so cute! love the colorful designs, they are so cheerful!
    aleka

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  25. What a wonderful present idea! And your fabrics are fantastic!

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  26. Such fun colourful bags! Love them all but especially the patchwork one.

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