Selvedge Drawstrings + Bag Handles

 

Have you been hoarding selvedges that you just can't throw away? I never did, until Ruby Star Society fabrics came into my life. I've put together a couple different ways you can use up those gems!

Drawstring Bag

This one uses Sotak Handmade's Drawstring Bag pattern. This is a really fun bag and has so many uses!

MATERIALS

You will also need:

  • A rotary cutter
  • A rotary cutting ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins or clips

PATTERN

Follow the pattern to make the bag, but instead of making the drawstring the way it instructs, follow this tutorial.

In order to not use a ton of fabric, I only made one drawstring out of the selvedge. I used a different coordinating fabric for the second drawstring.

INSTRUCTIONS

Trim the fuzz off the bottom edge of the selvedge.

Cut the width of the selvedge piece so that there is equal distance from the top of the printed selvedge to the left, and from the top of the selvedge to the right (going into the fabric). The top of the selvedge print is in the center of the strip.

Trim selvedge strip to desired length. Here, I did 25".

Now, from Add It Up in Wine Time, cut a piece the same size as the selvedge piece. Mine was 3 1/4" x 25".

Starting with the selvedge piece, fold and press each long edge towards the center of the strip, wrong sides together (in this case, the edge below the selvedge didn't quite make it to the center, that's okay).

Now fold and press the strip in half, along the selvedge top edge, wrong sides together.

Topstitch 1/8" down each long edge to close up the drawstring and give it a nice finish. Repeat with second drawstring piece.

Follow the original pattern to complete your drawstring bag!

Boxy Pouch

This one uses Jeni Baker's Triplizip Boxy Pouch pattern. This has always been a favorite of mine. The pouch is so useful for so many things! 

MATERIALS

You will also need:

  • A rotary cutter
  • A rotary cutting ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins or clips

PATTERN

Follow the pattern to make the boxy pouch, but instead of making the handle the way it instructs, follow this tutorial.

INSTRUCTIONS

Start by trimming the selvedge, leaving a 1/4" beyond the printed selvedge on either side - this will be the seam allowance.

Cut the selvedge to the length you need. Be sure to center the part of the selvedge you want most visible.

Next, cut a piece from the interior fabric and interfacing to match the exact size of the selvedge piece.

Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the selvedge piece.

Place the two handle pieces right sides together and stitch down each long edge with a 1/4" seam allowance, back stitching at start and stop.

Turn handle right side out. Press.

Topstitch 1/8" along each long edge.

Follow the Boxy Pouch pattern to finish your pouch!

 

Thank you for following along! Let me know if you have any questions.

- Rachel

 


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