I've wanted a cute backpack for a while because sometimes carrying a purse is inconvenient when I'm out at festivals or shows. I saw a winged drawstring bag made by Chinese brand Lolita Princess and decided to make one myself. If you're not the "every day is Halloween" type like me, this would make a cute trick-or-treat bag for kids.
Drawstring bags are an easy project for beginners. The addition of wings makes it a bit more challenging but still doable! Please feel free to contact me with any questions if my instructions aren't clear.
Next you're going to topstitch your wings. This is decorative as well as functional, as it keeps the interfacing in place so it doesn't bunch up and make your wings lumpy. Stitch 1/4" in around the edges of your wing. Then, starting from the top point of the wing, stitch three curved lines to each of the bottom points (see photo). You can freehand this or draw your lines with chalk if you prefer.
Arrange your wings and two one yard pieces of cord on top of one piece of your outer fabric as shown. Top with the second piece of outer fabric with right sides facing, and pin. Sew the sides and bottom with a 1/2" seam allowance. You do not need to leave an opening in the bottom like you did with the lining.
Take one end of one piece of cord and feed it into the front slit on the same side. Feed it through the channel and out of the opposite side. The easiest way to do this is to attach a safety pin to the end of the cord and push it through the channel. Do the same with the other piece of cord, feeding it through the back side of the channel and out of the opposite side this time. Pin these down, pull your bag closed and try it on. Adjust the straps to your liking and trim off any excess. I shortened mine by a few inches.