Sewn Project Bags For Any Purpose

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Quick and easy sewn drawstring project bags are a staple in my house. I keep a pile of them around, not just for my knitting projects but also for when I travel for separating my dirty clothes from the clean, for transporting lunches, wrapping gifts (great for new moms), for storing leather shoes in the off-season when I don't wear them as much - there are so many uses for these bags! I make them in a variety of sizes from fabric scraps or favorite prints and old vintage sheets or pillowcases. They are so simple to make and you can have a ton on hand when you need them. There is no size specified here. I usually wing it but am careful to leave one edge a few inches longer so as to have room to fold over for the drawstring. Other than that, you can make them as large or small as you would like!

If you are sitting down to make one bag, you might as well make 3 or 4 while you are at it since once you get into the rythm, they take no time at all. It's a great beginner's project as well! For more info, see the tutorial with photos that I posted on the Jimmy Beans Wool Blog.
 Project Bags
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  • Basic sewing tools- a sewing machine, Cotton Thread, Pins, measuring tape.
  • 1/2 yd or more of a fun fabric. (You can make these in any size. You can get two 9"x13" bags or one 15"x18.5" bag out of 1/2 of a yard of fabric. If you get a full yard of fabric, you can get three 14"x16" bags which are perfect medium sized project bags. You can also make these with fabric scraps from other sewing projects. Go wild!)
    For our example, we chose a print from Parson Gray's Curious Nature collection (Shown in Cocoons - Brush).
  • At least 1 yd of Ribbon or Cord per bag (You can also use up scrap yarn by making i-cord or crochet chains to use as the drawstring. Whatever you use, just make sure it can withstand being tied over and over.
  • A 1.5" or larger safety pin.
About the Designer
Designer - Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich

Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich lives in Reno, NV and works on the Customer Engagement team at Jimmy Beans Wool; her tasks include social media (Ravelry & Pinterest, yay!) and coordinating the blog, she co-writes the bi-monthly newsletters and designs knitting, sewing and crochet patterns among various other fun tasks. Outside of work, she is the designer behind Marinade Designs (, her own line of knitting patterns that she is hoping to expand in the coming year. When she's not knitting or sewing her own clothes, she is working in her garden, tending to her chickens, cooking up delicious food, doing yoga, or hiking and backpacking with her husband and their feisty little mutt Wallace. Feel free to check out all of Kristen's designs on Ravelry:

For help with any of Kristen's patterns on the JBW Free Patterns Page, feel free to e-mail her directly at:

We hope you enjoy this free sewing pattern. This free pattern and the associated photographs are only for personal non-commercial use and are not for resale.
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