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Patchwork Drawstring Bags




What do you do when you're not in the mood to sew? Well, I took out my 2.5" container and admiring my neatly stacked 2.5" squares, and started piecing idly. I did not have any specific plan, but as I went on chain piecing a few ideas pop up in my head. I even have an ambitious dream of a scrappy quilt. Ha! 



But then I decided to do a humble small project as a mood booster and this cute small drawstring bag is born. It's made up of 64 pieces of 2.5" squares. Padded and quilted by machine. 

Each bag measured approximately 7.5" x 7.5" and it's fully lined. I used contrast stripes for the string/cord casing. I used a macrame cotton cord from Amazon India here and I kinda like the look of it. But next time I'll get a thinner one. For the stopper, I used Chandan wood (sandalwood) beads. 


Patchwork Drawstring Bag


I was really inspired by Sensei Shizuko Kuroha's post on Instagram the other day. Well, I don't know how to read Japanese but from the translation, she more or less said "make everyday stuff that is small and useful". What she said really stuck in my head. I keep thinking, that often we make something that ends up piling up in the cupboard without being used (Like this quilt or this pillow). For me sometimes just for a sentimental reason :).  Although I also used my makes every day from bags, wallets, pillows, table runners, etc there are a few stuff that I still don't have the heart to use or give away. I guess I must learn to be more generous :D.


And when you're having fun, you cannot just make one bag, right? 






Another great news is the Kawandi QAL is officially started on Facebook Group. I'm so excited but still could not make up my mind what size I'm going to make. Most probably I will do a lap size quilt, cos  I plan to use my dupatta (Indian stoles) for the backing layers. Brinda ma'am explained in Facebook live session last Sunday how to go about it. Now all sorts of ideas running around in my head, so I'll just think about it slowly. I hope I can share with you soon about my progress. 

Thank you for stopping by,

Happy Sewing!

 Elvira

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14 comments

  1. Both patchwork bags are adorable. Like you, I very much enjoy a quick project which uses up a few scraps. :-)

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    1. Thank you Bernie! Quick project is often very satisfying and a great mood booster:)

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  2. This is adorable! I need to idly make some strips and squares! And then eventually, make some cute bags like yours. Really cute!

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    1. Thank you! it's a good way to use my scraps and we really need the bag now that everyone is going back to school and work :)

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  3. Cute pouches, it's a pretty project to get back to sewing mojo!

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes simple project can be really a mood booster!

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  4. These bags are sew cute. The cord and wooden bead details add so much to the easy scrappy project. Thank you so much for linking up to my linky party. I have enjoyed reading your blog tonight, especially the Kawandi Quilts. This opened a new door for me to explore ... :) Pat

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    1. Thank you Pat! I am glad you enjoyed the Kawandi quilt post and I am glad now many quilters are getting into making Kawandi quilts too.

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  5. Hello, thank you for linking in my patchwork party. Your project looks beautiful! You definitely need more than one ;-) Kind regards, Jenny

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    1. Thank you Jenny for stopping by! I'll definitely make more:)

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  6. I love these bags very much and you can use leftovers so easily. A great project and a great mood lifter ... 😁

    Many greetings your sewing enthusiast Andrea 🍀

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    1. Thank you Andrea! Yes, this is one way to use leftovers and I always love small scrappy patchwork!

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  7. That's a nice idea!
    Greatings
    Elke

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