Tuesday, October 4, 2011

DIY Drawstring Muslin Bags

So I've been working on a special order of wedding shawls for a customer and I was thinking what can I do to package these shawls extra special that won't add to0 much to my cost. I came up with putting each shawl in it's own cotton muslin drawstring bag. And then to add my personal touch, I printed a new shop logo design on iron on fabric and ironed them onto the front side of each bag.

These bags would make great "wrapping" for handmade gifts, especially for the upcoming holiday season. Instead of a logo, you could iron on the person's name.

Here is what I did:

I started out with about a 32 inch (length) by 36 inch (width) piece of natural muslin (which I got on sale for $1 a yard). I folded this big piece in half lengthwise, then cut this big piece into 4 pieces, each about 16 inches long by 9 inches wide. I made my bags longer as opposed to wider or square, but you could easily make these as big or as little as you'd like.

Next, I cut out the logos I had printed on iron on paper and ironed them on the front side of each bag.

I then sewed up the sides and folded over the top to create a casing for the drawstring and sewed that around leaving an open space to pull the ribbon I used through for the drawstring.
I pulled the ribbon through using a safety pin and tied both ends together to secure.

These are quick and easy to make and give any gift or handmade item a special touch.


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  1. love it.

    found you via SSS. hope you can stop over where i am having a giveaway:



  2. Thanks for posting this "how to"

    CereusArt via Handmade Wednesday

  3. Great How TO!! Check your email....you were chosen as the handmade wednesday blog CO-HOST!!

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  4. --Michele, thank you! I love your stencil post, so pretty! You have me as a new follower!

  5. --Blue Eyed Blessings--thank you, thank you so much! I just got home from shopping and what do you know I was chosen as a co-host! Awesome! Much appreciated!

  6. Oh, Angela these are fab! I'm pinning so I don't lose this tutorial. And congrats on your getting to host Handmade Wednesday! xo

  7. They look great - such a pretty personal way to wrap the shawls. I made similar lingerie bags last christmas as gifts for the women in my life which you can see here http://gracie-senseandsimplicity.blogspot.com/2010/11/personalized-lingerie-travel-bags.html

  8. That' a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Fantastic Tute! So easy and eco chic - love it!