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glasses case or handy pouch
A second method of making drawstring bags and how to convert it to a flex frame pouch.

Posted by Mel W from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia • Published See Mel W's 33 projects »
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  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 1
    Step 1

    WHAT YOU'LL NEED
    2 x outer fabric 22.5cm (h) x 11cm (w)

    2 x inner fabric - lining 20.5cm (h) x 9.5cm(w)

    flex frame 8.5cm

    string for the 'drawstring' 45cm (longer if you prefer)

    If you are making this pouch for your sunglasses best to have them handy to measure the fabric just in case

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 2
    Step 2

    WHAT TO DO

    Grab the outer fabric and get some cellotape/ sticky tape and stick it on each end of you sunglasses as shown below to make sure the pouch will fit your glasses later on.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 3
    Step 3

    Grab the outer pieces of fabric wrong side up. Fold down a flap of fabric 3cm from the top and iron.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 4
    Step 4

    Grab one of the outer pieces of fabric and fold in a a small triangle of fabric on both sides and pin. IRON.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 5
    Step 5

    Now fold down a thin flap of fabric to cover the triangles ~ 0.5cm from the top.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 6
    Step 6

    This is what it should look liked ironed down.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 7
    Step 7

    Topstitch the ironed area down making sure to back stitch at the start and end. Also try and stitch before the needle actually reaches the pinned area as shown below.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 8
    Step 8

    If you are using a laminated cotton or oil cloth then you wont need to fold and hem the tops of your lining fabric. But if your just using normal fray-able fabric remember to fold and hem!

    Now grab the outer fabrics good sides facing each other and sew around the three sides (not the top).

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now grab the inner fabrics, good sides facing each other and sew around the three sides again (not the top).

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 10
    Step 10

    Grab the inner lining fabrics and slip it inside the outer fabrics as shown below. Pin the tops to each other and sew each side.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 11
    Step 11

    Grab the joined pouch and measure the height of the flex frame from the top and pin where you need to sew to fit the frame in, sew both sides. (Ignore that the picture shows the wrong side of the fabric it should be good side up)

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 12
    Step 12

    If you only want to use this method to make a drawstring bag, here is where you slip the string in, tie and tah dah have a handy new drawstring bad . (refer to the method above on how to tie the strings)

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 13
    Step 13

    For your flex frame pouch you will have gotten a flex frame with one edge joined and one end loose with a spare pin.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 14
    Step 14

    Slip the frame ends into each respective side, beware of the sharp edges of the frame. Use some sticky tape to protect the ends of the flex frame as you push it through the bag.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 15
    Step 15

    It is very hard to zoom in on the flex frame, but you will need pliers handy to close the receiving end of the pin. Once it's close, slip the pin inside and close the top end of the frame and you will be done!

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold And Stitch Method (A Cheater's Flex Frame Pouch) - Step 16
    Step 16

    Tah dah! You have a fancy new flex frame pouch done the cheater's way!

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Mel W
Mel W · Melbourne, Victoria, AU · 34 projects
Hi groovylittlegirl,

thanks for your comment! The fabric is by michael miller its called Paris ville, I bought mine from luckykaerufabric. I just checked their etsy and they still have it in stock for $7.99/yard; here's the link:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/69057756/michael-miller-paris-ville-fabric-by-the?ga_search_query=paris&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5171583

Hope it helps,
Mel
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groovylittlegirl
groovylittlegirl · 5 projects
Georgeous fabric, where is it from?
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Nancy!
Nancy! · Shawinigan, Quebec, CA · 64 projects
soo pretty! <3
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