Sewing Bee Fabrics Tutorial
Make Your Own Easy Drawstring Wet Bag
What you will need:
optional - bias binding. This will give a stronger more durable bag so depends on your usage plans as to whether to use up any old scraps to just make a pretty border rather than cutting on the bias instead.
How to make it:
First, decide on you bag size. To draft a circle, start with a sqare which when folded in half is the height you want your empty bag to be. Fold this in half, to make a square 1/4 of the size you started with. From the centre fold point, bring the outer corners together to make a triangle, the repeat if needed till it is easy to cut straight across.
Unfold and you now should have drafted yourself a circle pattern.
Cut out 1 in PUL.
PUL doesn't tend to fray so binding is optional, but I think it gives a better appearance. I was only making the bag for light occasional use, so just made a binding out of fabric scraps, but if you are making something more durable you might want to use bias binding so it can move easier with the stretch of the PUL under repeated use and strain.
I cut 2 fabric strips 5cm wide and 10cm longer than the circumference of my circle (measurement around the outer edge of the circle). If your material is shorter, just join it in the middle. A straight join is fine but a diagonal join will lie flatter and give more strength.
Fold the outer edges in along the whole length and press in place, then fold again and press.
Wrap 1 length around the edge of your PUL fabric and sew on.
With the second piece, stitch up the outer edge. I did this by hand as it was narrow and so not always catching my feed dogs fully. At the ends, just tuck the raw edges inside as you stitch to hide them in the centre.
PUL is a stretch fabric. That means that if you put buttonholes directly into it for the strap to go through, then chances are your holes wont be very strong and prone to damage if you are lifting anything of weight. Therefore I cut out cotton rectangles, placed them like a clock around the outside, tucked the raw edges under and sewed in to place. (Keep in mind when deciding on how many to use where your 2 ends will come out - it looks scruffy if one end of your tie points in and other points out!)
Sew your buttonholes and rip the hole open.
Thread your strap through in and out of your buttonholes. Tie a couple of knots at the strap ends to finish.
Now just fill the bag and pull the string!
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