Feeling tired, run down and slightly overwhelmed with life’s to-do list, I settled down with my sewing machine.
I’d decided that I wanted to make present bags for a while now. Present bags reduce cost of buying wrapping paper, sellotape and bows. Bags can, if you choose the right fabric, look really pretty and could be person specific if you have the time. They last for decades if they are taken care of, so are definitely much more environmentally friendly than buying wrapping paper every time there is a special occasion.
Wanting to be extra environmentally friendly, and not having extra energy to think about the matter, I decided to use left-over fabric that my gran had given to me. I love using older material that used to be something else, especially if you don’t know what it was..guessing what something was, who owned it and where it has travelled is a fun game to play.
The beauty of making a bag is that once you’ve made one, it’s really easy to make lots more of varying sizes and shapes. I was taught to make a draw-string bag by my mother-in-law but since then have experimented for different occasions. It’s quick on a sewing machine, but if you haven’t got one, it could be done by hand.
Here’s how I make my draw-string bags..