Recently I came across the idea to use bandanas to make a drawstring bag; I love how simple, inexpensive and versatile the project was. These would be great for so many uses. My two favorite ideas would be either to use western colors and give them as party favor bags for a cowboy birthday party, or to use them to store individual meals for a picnic.
The only supplies required are two bandanas and coordinating ribbon. My color choices remind me of a watermelon - so bright and summery.
After layering them over each other, I pinned them together wrong side to wrong side.
I hope that you appreciate my diagramming skills. I'm sure that Simplicity or McCall's will be contacting me shortly to start illustrating for them.
The dashed lines represent where I sewed; the inner circle is complete, and the outer circle has two open areas opposite each other to insert the drawstring. Each circle is about 1" away from the other.
Also, I would recommend sewing the outer circle closer to the bandana hemline than it looks in the diagram (I sketched this by hand, because while I am sure that my computer is capable of such feats, I am not capable of using those capabilities. I used lids from jars to draw the circles, and couldn't find a larger one to draw my outer circle. Hopefully when Simplicity hires me, they will provide me with adequate drawing tools, or at least bigger jars.)
I cut my ribbon in two 36" lengths, and inserted them into the openings. In the above diagram I highlighted each ribbon by using blue and red so that you could see how it should be inserted so that it will pull closed correctly.
Do you remember playing with flipbooks as a kid? You could flip through the pages really fast and the illustrations would look like they were moving? This is when a flipbook would come in handy. Perhaps if you scroll down really fast you can catch my drawstring action.
Can you believe how simple that was? And I forgot to mention - the bag is reversible. Imagine the possibilities!
How would you use this little bag?