This pretty drawstring bag project makes a pretty finishing touch for French country inspired bedrooms and bathrooms. Fill the little bags with fragrant soaps or potpourri for a delightful scented bag.
- 38 x 26 cm (15 x 10 1/8 in) fabric
- 38 x 12 cm (15 x 4¾ in) of white woollen cloth
- 9 x 7 cm (3½ x 2¾ in) of printed fabric an embroidered monogram cut in an oval
- 19 cm (7½ in) of lace
- 50 cm (20 in) of linen string
- white thread and coordinating colour thread to fabric
1. Press over 1 cm (3/8 in) all the way around the printed fabric. Hem the monogram and sew it in the middle of the printed fabric. Sew the monogrammed rectangle onto the striped fabric, 3 cm (1 1/8 in) from the bottom and 2 cm (¾ in) from the right side.
2. Oversew the top of the striped fabric and one long side of the white fabric strip. Pin together the oversewn edges, right sides facing. Machine stitch 1 cm (3/8 in) away from the edge and press the seam open. Oversew, then fold this rectangle in half, right sides facing, to form a rectangle 36 x 19 cm (141/8 x 7½ in). Sandwich the strip of lace between the fabric, at the bottom of the bag, so that the edge of the lace is caught in the seam; pin.
3. Stitch the bottom and the side of the bag 1 cm (3/8 in) away from the edge, leaving an opening of 1 cm (3/8 in) 5 cm (2 in) from the top. Fold the white fabric down by 1 cm (3/8 in), wrong sides facing, then fold down by 6 cm (2 3/8 in), and stitch right around the opening, close to the edge. Then make a second row of stitching, 1 cm (3/8 in) above. Trim excess fabric at the corners. Turn out the bag and thread a piece of linen string through the drawstring channel using a safety pin. Make other bags using the same principle.