My 7-year-old son: “Mom, can I have some string?”
Me: “Sure. What are you going to do with it?”
My 7-year-old son: “I’m making nunchucks.”
Sigh. Nunchucks are a martial arts weapon. I’m pretty sure I didn’t know what they were when I was 7 (or 27, for that matter).
Given that exchange and many others like it, I was encouraged when my oldest showed interest in my Lizzy House stash recently. There was hope for a crafty relationship with him yet! So I made him and his brother these sweet pouches, which held their Valentine’s presents ...
I used a well-loved tutorial: the Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial from In Color Order. It had been on my must-sew list for years, so I was happy to give it a try. Everything you’ve read about it is true: It’s an easy, well-written (free!) pattern.
In the samples designer Jeni Baker made for her tutorial, she used all sorts of cute things as the drawstring, like measuring tape ribbon and handmade fabric ties. I used not-so-cute shoelaces because, as I’ve mentioned, my boys are hard on everything—including their clothes, my house, and me (my injuries speak for themselves!)—and the laces are the most durable thing I can think to use.
|To be honest, there is a lot of crafting going on by little hands at my house. |
Oh, look: these Minecraft-inspired Perler Bead projects include weapons.
(Heaven help me!)
How about you? What have you had success with in your own drawstring bags? Do you have a go-to ribbon? Hmmm ... and if so, do you use Fray Check on the ends? As for me, I’ve also used faux leather cord, but it wasn’t as malleable as I’d like. I am open to suggestions!
Linking up to Finish It Up Friday, Let’s Bee Social, and Needle and Thread Thursday ...