Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer of Sewing: Vintage 30s Drawstring Bag

Welcome back to our Summer of Sewing tutorials here at Inspired by Fabric! 

We'll be featuring regular tutorials as part of our Summer of Sewing series, all using our newest fabric lines that you can find at your local quilt shop! Our tutorials will include a chance to win a bundle of the fabric line being used, so make sure to enter each time!


This week we're featuring Barbara J. Eikmeier's Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures collection in a drawstring bag. This bag is perfect for carrying around your hand sewing or knitting projects, or anything about that size (bag measures approximately 17" x 13-1/2"). 

Here's a quick look at the Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures collection. Great reproduction-style prints plus coordinating solids from our Painter's Palette Solids line. We didn't use all of the fabrics in the collection, but we did use most of them! 

Let's get started!
You'll Need:
10-14 print fat quarters (the more fat quarters, the scrappier the bag)
1 blue solid fat quarter
2 different pink solid fat quarters (or 1/2 yard total) for lining
1/4 yard cream solid
24" x 40" piece of batting or thin flannel

Cutting:
From the fat quarters:
Cut a total of (42) 4-1/2" squares (if you use 14 like we did, cut 3 from each print)

From the blue solid:
Cut (2) 2-1/4" x 17" strips

From each of the pink solids:
Cut (2) 7-1/4" x 17-1/2" strips*

*Note: We pieced the lining with two different solids for added interest. If you'd prefer to just use one lining fabric, simply cut (2) 14" x 17-1/2" pieces.

From the cream solid:
(2) 2" x 42" strips for drawstring

Make the Bag:
1. Lay out the (42) squares in the orientation shown below. 


2. Sew the squares together in diagonal rows and then join the rows. 


3. Layer the pieced squares with the batting piece. Tip: If you'd like your bag to be less bulky and a little more floppy, use flannel instead of batting. Baste and then quilt as desired. (We quilted straight lines 1/4" on either side of the seams.) Trim the quilted piece to measure 17-1/2" wide by 28" tall. 


4. Fold each blue solid piece in 1/4" on each long side and press. Fold each short end in 1/2" and press. Stitch across the short ends to create a finished end. Measure 2-3/4" from a short end of the quilted piece and pin the blue strip in place, centering it widthwise.


5. Topstitch along both long edges to create a casing. Repeat on the opposite end with the second blue strip.


6. Fold the quilted piece in half, right sides together and stitch along both short sides. Backstitch at the top edge. This creates the outer bag.
7. If you're doing the pieced lining like we did, sew (2) 7-1/4" x 17-1/2" pink pieces together. Place the two lining pieces right sides together and sew around three sides, leaving an opening along the bottom for turning. 


7. Turn the outer bag right side out and tuck in the lining so right sides are facing. 


8. Align the raw edges and pin together, matching the sides seams. 


9. Stitch along the top edge. Turn the bag right side out through the opening in the lining. Sew the opening in the lining shut and then stuff the lining into the bag. Press the top edge of the bag and then topstitch to secure the lining and create a finished edge. 


10. Sew the (2) 2" x 42" cream strips short ends together using a diagonal seam. Press the strip in half lengthwise. Open and press both long edges in to the center fold.


11. Refold on the center fold line and topstitch along the entire strip to create the drawstring.


12. Attach a safety pin to one end of the drawstring and feed it through both casings. 


13. Make the drawstring ends even and trim off excess (do this when the bag is laying flat). Knot the ends together. Your drawstring bag is complete! 



For a chance to win a FQ bundle of Vintage 30s Ruby's Treasures, make sure you follow our blog! Leave a comment below letting us know that you do, as well as telling us which print you like best in this collection. The giveaway is open through Sunday, August 7th at 11:59 pm EST. We'll draw a winner and share it next week. 

Congratulations to the winner from last week's Dryad Snack Pack: SusanKQuilts
We'll be emailing you!

52 comments:

  1. I follow you via Bloglovin. And the animal bluework fabric in this line is my favorite.

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  2. I love the green plaid. This bundle is just so sweet!! :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  3. I follow your blog through email and Facebook. I love 120-12551 the blue with yellow tulips. Your drawstring bag turned out great! Thank you for the tutorial.

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  4. Following. I like the purple with yellow flowers.

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  5. Following. I like the purple with yellow flowers.

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  6. I follow via email and Bloglovin. My favorite is the mint background floral, #120-12632. Cool and oh so pretty too.
    Thank you.

    bluestarof2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I follow by email. I love # 120-12602, it is so soft looking (and I love the color blue).

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  8. I follow by email. My favorite print is 120-12592. Love the soft feel of the larger flowers and the lovely blue color.

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  9. I follow by email. I love 30s prints, and these are adorable. I especially love the lilac floral. Great bag, too. Thanks.

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  10. So gorgeous.I follow your blog by email and Facebook. I love 120-12602 and 120-12622.



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  11. I follow you by e-mail. Love the blue with the tulips. Reminds me of an apron my Grandma wore.

    Thank you!

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  12. I love the bright yellow one! I love anything '30's. I'm feeling lucky!

    I follow your blog

    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  13. I follow via email. Love the purple with white flowers. Thanks. Diane O

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  14. Love this bag. It's very well made. I am a follower of your blog via Bloglovin' and also by email notification.

    My favorite is hard to decide because I just love this entire collection. It's one that I have on my wish list to buy hopefully. But, since I have to say one, it's tough, but I think it would be 120-12641. Love those hearts all over. It would make an adorable dress for my youngest granddaughter.

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  15. I like the blue with yellow and white flowers! Nice prints!!

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  16. I follow blog by email and Feedly. I love them all, but particularly the small pink/blue floral.

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  17. I follow by email and Bloglovin. Love the bright yellow.

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  18. Hard to choose, but I think the yellow tulips on blue.

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  19. My favorite print is the white leaves on blue with dots.

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  20. My favorite print is the white leaves on blue with dots.

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  21. I am a follower w/ bloglovn!I love 120-12571 the cornflower blue w/ flowers!!

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  22. I follow your blog through Bloglovin! I love 30's repros so it is hare to pick just one. I love the plaid in 120-12652 and the colors in it, too!
    Sandy A

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  23. Bloglovin', email. My fav: 120-12671 I would just have to pull out the embroidery floss and get to stitchin'.

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  24. The yellow/white print,120-12622. would make a great blender. Love those 30s prints and they're getting hard to find. I follow by email.

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  25. Following & I favor #120-12571, the blue flower print.

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  26. I like the sweet white daisies on the field of blue. Follow you by email. basaran.family@rogers.com

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  27. I already follow thru Email, Bloglovin & Pinterest too :)

    #120-12602 is my Favorite!! (Love it in the Green colorway tho too!) Thank you for the Tutorial & chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

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  28. I am a Bloglovin' follower and adore this bundle! My favorite is 120-12572...always a purple lover!

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  29. I follow your blog and must say, print 120-12681 is by far my favorite of the bunch. So many possibilities for those cute animals!

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  30. I follow with bloglovin. I like 120-12571.

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  31. I follow you by email. The print I like the most is 120-12551. Tulips are my favourite flower and blue is my favourite colour - a perfect print!

    lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

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  32. I follow by email. This is a great collection. I like them all but, 120-12581 is a favorite:)

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  33. My favorite in the fabric collection is the Blue Tulips with yellow flowers. I follow via email.

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  34. I like the whole collection a lot but favorite is 120-12651.....so cute for a little girl.
    I follow by email. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. Following on bloglovin'. 120-12572 the purple and white flowers are my favorite. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  36. What delightful fabric! I love the 120-12571. I follow you via Bloglovin.

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  37. I follow you on Bloglovin. I love the bright blue prints! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. I follow you via bloglovin. I especially like both the color and the print of 120-12591 and 120-12592. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  39. I follow on Bloglovin. So hard to choose a favorite - they are all awesome. I had to go with my favorite color and choose the mauve floral - 12-12572. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  40. I follow you by email, and my favorite would have to be the purple one 120-12572. Thanks for the tutorial--they are always good!

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  41. I follow you by e-mail. I love all theses beautiful prints but 120-12651 would be my favorite!

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  42. I follow by email and facebook, love the green floral 120-12592.

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  43. I love the tiny pink flowers 120-12561. I follow on gfc and feedly.

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  44. I love the blue prints. I follow this blog via bloglovin'

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  45. I follow on email. Love the fabric. jarvenpa1ne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  46. I follow via email and my favorite print is the stripe. Thanks for the great bag tutorial.

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  47. I follow on Bloglovin. I like 120-12571

    mtmom57@gmail.com

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  48. I follow by Email and BL. I love all of these fabrics. They are like potato chips I can't choose one.

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  49. They are all lovely but I think I like 120-12592 best! I follow you on Bloglovin.

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