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how to make drawstring backpacks

Hello and happy 2014! Sorry about my missing-in-action status but it was a crazy month with sewing, Beehive Bazaaring, skiing, holiday festivities and now cleaning and organizing for the new year.
In the midst of the madness I managed to sneak in teaching a video class for Atly on how to make my drawstring backpacks. drawstring backpacks
Here’s a bit about Atly, in case you don’t already know, it’s a fantastic website or forum for expanding your horizons and skills, learning something new with beautiful video classes on all kinds of topics (and upgrade possibilities within the classes for personal instructor feedback.) No dark, obscure YouTube tutorials shot in dirty houses that you realize aren’t really what you needed to know after painfully watching and waiting for way too long. …this may have happened to me once or twice… Just straightforward, visually motivating, well-done classes.
The great part of this class is learning the EASY WAY to put in a zipper and how to install grommets for connecting the handles. So, without further ado, here a link to my drawstring backpack class.

If you need some inspiration for fabrics and backpack designs, here are a few more backpacks I’ve sewn up.

DIY: hot colors, cheap and easy, party banner

simple bright bannerThis is perhaps the simplest party banner you could ever, ever make. The easiest of all DIY projects… and very cheap. With only a seam across the top, the folded-over flags flap cheerfully in the wind and brighten up any outdoor (or indoor) soiree.
You can go from a handful of fabric to adorning a party in 45 minutes. Then stow it away and reuse it for your next event. Here’s ALL you’ll need:
how to make a bannerBrightly colored nylon fabric (or other fabric with no right or wrong side) about 1/8 of a yard of each color and twine or ribbon to connect them together. Scissors or a rotary cutter, a ruler, an iron and a sewing machine.

materials you will needWith scissors or a rotary cutter, cut out the flags. The flags pictured measure 4 inches by 10 inches. You will need to cut out 12-15 flags for a 10 ft. banner.

line up the flagsFold the flags in half and iron a crease on the fold. Then line up the flags by color and in the color order you like.

fold the flags in half and ironUnfold the flags and place the ribbon or twine in the ironed crease. Fold the flag back in half over the ribbon (or twine) and pin the flags into place, about 4 inches apart.

sew the top of the flagBegin sewing the first flag, across the top and continue until you get to the last flag, no need to stop and cut thread in between.

hot colors banner3If you use twine or string, simply set the sewing machine to a zig zag stitch and sew directly over the top of the twine to secure it in place. If you use this method, you might want to cut the threads and stop and go the machine stitching in between the flags.

fluorescent colors bannerThe ribbon method, with one continuous stitch will look like this when all finished.

nylon_bright_summer_bannerAll ready to party!

easy party banner5The beauty of this banner is the flapability of the flags. The only-sewn-across-the-top method allows lots of movement in the wind and eye catching color to any outdoor event.

Want a different look? Here’s a triangle banner tutorial.

DIY: Super easy reversible bag pattern

As the summer peacefully settles in and the boys and girls, ladies and gentlemen find themselves in need of activities, let me share a perfect summertime sewing project for all ages and skill levels.
A reversible bag pattern that can be made in any size or shape, according to your needs. A great project for anyone just learning how to sew or a skilled seamstress in need of whipping up a few handmade gifts or party favors. You can find the pattern and step by step tutorial here.
easy bag with pocket

reversible purse pattern

reversible bag or purse

For the full step-by-step tutorial look here.