fabric folded, take one end of the folded edge and fold diagonally
across to the selvage edge, making a large triangle. Trim fabric
edges to match and create one large folded square of fabric. Note:
Size may vary slightly depending on how straight your fabric edges
are to start with.
Re- fold the
fabric so that the printed side is on the inside. Pin the edges to
keep them together. With the sewing machine, sew the pieces together
along all four edges using a 5/8” seam, leaving a 4” opening.
Through the opening, turn the fabric right-side out. Straighten the
seam edges and shape the corners. Now, topstitch along all four
edges about 1/8” from the edge. You will topstitch the opening
closed at the same time.
Now take the
square and place it on point in front of you (diamond shape). Take
the left and right corners and fold to the middle, overlapping each
other slightly (Fig. 1). The piece should be approximately 10” wide
now. Spot pin the corners down. Fold the piece in half vertically to
find the middle. Use pins or draw a light line across the folded
corners. Sew a straight line across through all thicknesses (Fig.
Turn the piece
over so that the folded flaps are on the bottom. Fold the top and
bottom triangle flaps up. Pin at the point to hold in place (Fig.
3). Fold the piece vertically in half again, this time with the
folded flaps on the outside. Pin the two sides together. Sew the
sides together, starting at the bottom and ending at the top just
before the fold of the pinned flaps (Fig. 4).
Turn the bag
right side out. Remove the pins from the triangle flap. At the top
folded edge of the two flaps, pin the folded edge down, making sure
that it is straight end to end. Sew across the flaps about 3/8” in
from the fold. This will form the drawstring casing (Fig. 5)
rattail or cording and cut into two equal lengths. On one end,
attach a safety pin or bodkin and use it to help feed the rattail
through the casing (Fig. 6) Repeat on the other side. Slip two pony
beads onto each of the ends of rattail and tie a knot to secure.
Pull rattail close bag’s opening.