Make Two Bags Out of a Dishtowel!
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It’s warm, it’s muggy and it’s raining. (hence the weirdness of the lighting in today’s photos). Fun times. It’s a good day for sewing, so that’s what today’s project is. Wait, don’t go! Even though it’s sewing, it’s easy! Really! If you can so a sort of straight line, you can make this. I got the project idea from AllFreeSewing and you can find the original here. The original says it’s for bread, but my good old Nature’s Own 100% Whole Grain bread didn’t fit in there. I think the dishcloth I started with was smaller than the one the original pattern started with. No worries, these bags are still good for toting baked goods to a party or gifting them, putting homemade, smaller breads (or even rolls) inside or like some of the photos towards the end of this post, it fits a wine bottle. Yeah, I did make the Wine Tote project, but if you don’t have a shirt sleeve, you can use this one for your wine instead!
What You Need:
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- sewing machine, thread and basic sewing stuff
- 28 inch long length of ribbon
Let’s Make It!
- Fold your dishtowel in half, bottom to top (not lengthwise)
- Cut it in half along the bottom/fold. You’ll have two rectangles of dishtowel. The fold is close to the bottom of the photo in the above photograph!
- You can cut off the hem on the side if you like but I left mine on
- Take your 28 inch long piece of ribbon and fold it in half, measure about 2 inches from the top of the bag and there’s where you want your ribbon.
- I had to read over this part several times in the original pattern because my pea brain did not get it. Basically, you take your towel piece and cut along the bottom fold, making it into two pieces, then you lay them right sides facing in, wrong sides out. You sandwich the ribbon in between the two fabric layers. We want the “folded loop part” to hang outside of the bag. Tuck all the length of the ribbon inside. Just be careful not to sew over it.
- Sew around all three sides, close to the edge and backstitching at the beginning and end for strength
- If you have a lot of excess material, trim it down.
- (optional) to keep the terry fabric from fraying onto your bag’s contents, set your sewing machine to ZigZizag and sew around your edges. You can also use a serger if you’re fancy enough to have one. I don’t!
- Turn your bag inside out, fill it it with stuff and tie it closed. Marvel at how domestic you are!
If you make these, please share photos in the comments or on my Facebook Page. I would love to see them! Until next time, happy crafting!