Wednesday, April 24, 2024

The Last of the Mini Series Drawstring Bags

Back in 2022 when I joined the Mini Series Sew Along, I had in mind to use the 4,5" unfinished blocks as focals for a collection of small drawstring gift bags, and I've finally made it happen. 16 in all - 15 sew along blocks + my first chevron block that was the wrong size. What a variety, right?

For the majority of the bags, I made use of stashed prints, though a few were made of solids - one each of Essex cotton-linen blend, textured cotton, and AG Kaleidoscope. It was my original intent to use Essex natural and quilt the exterior, like the first bag shown below; but when I realized I was low on that fabric, I figured why not use up some other stash?

The finished bags range from 6.5" wide x 8" tall to 8" x 10", all depending on the amount of a particular fabric I had.

The drawstring ties are a mix of 1/2" natural twill tape, which I purchased from Jeni Baker Patterns; 1/2" white twill tape purchased from Beyond Trim on etsy; and 2mm black waxed cord from Amazon. I always keep these options on hand for projects such as this.

It feels great to have that project finely completed, and a couple of the bags have already been gifted.... just as I'd hoped. I'm happy to have a stock of them, and I look forward to sharing more of them in the months ahead.


  1. How fun is that! I love the various colors and prints and the fine piecing skills for the blocks, wow! Working in a series is a good way to fine tune skills isn't it?
    Where do you get your Essex cotton/linen blend?

  2. These all make me smile - I love all the different fabric and block pairings!

  3. I love your little blocks and your bags. The fabrics you choose for each bag playing with the block make each block happy :-)

  4. What a lovely variety of bags. They are so very cute. Beautiful blocks in each!

    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed making them, and look forward to using them!

  5. What a great idea! They are so fun to look at with the variety of fabrics and designs.

  6. Ah yes, definitely a good feeling to have made all these. Each of them looks great. I'm curious as to how you plan to use them. You know, practical me needs to have a reason for making something! :-)