- Scarf - big enough to be folded in two and make a bag.
- Lining - same size as the part of the scarf you want to use.
- Ribbon for drawstring - you need 4.5 x the width of the bag
- pins, thread, scissors (rotary cutter etc makes straight cuts easier but not essential)
STEP 1:I gathered my materials together. I used a cotton FQ as the lining but you could be cunning and use another scarf.
STEP 2:I put the lining right sides together and sew straight round 3 sides, leaving the top open. Then I put the right sides of the scarf together and sewed across the bottom and then up the sides - but leaving about 1cm unsewn where the red band started to add the fastening later on. See cunning digram.
STEP 3:For me, this is the most difficult step because it totally defies logic and I don't have a picture because I did it wrong (again) the first time and had to rip back and start again. So...deep breath. Turn your lining right side out and press the seams. Leaving the scarf with right sides together. put the lining pouch inside the scarf pouch and match up the top edges. Pin around the edge so you end up with the right sides of your lining and scarf together but hidden from view.
STEP 4:Sew around the top of the bag leaving an gap big enough to pull the whole thing inside out through. I'd say about 2.5 inches but it's up to you. If this is your first one leave a bigger gap.
Pull your bag inside out using the gap you left. This is mine, with a yellow circle showing the gap.
STEP 6:Push your lining inside the bag and smooth everything into place.
STEP 7:You are now going to sew two more rows of straight stitches around your bag to create a cranny for the ribbon to run through. Take a good look at this technical diagram:
STEP 8:Almost there. Using a bodkin or some other needle, thread it with half your ribbon then poke it through the gap from step 2 on one side.
STEP 9:Fill with wool or whatever else tickles your fancy and feel proud of your achievement!
This would also serve well as a toiletries bag, or for clothes pegs, or toys, or sweets, or as a lavender sachet for drawers or....practically anything really!