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  • Writer's pictureCraft Cotton Co

Butterfly Drawstring Bag

Flutter from place to place keeping all your special items safely tucked away in this drawstring butterfly bag.


  • Grayson Fat quarter set by The Craft Cotton company

  • Batting

  • Thread

  • Embroidery thread (brown)

  • Ribbon: 2.6 m (blue)

  • Scissors

  • Pencil

  • Paper

  • Needle

  • Pins

  • Ruler

Step 1

Take 2 of the fat quarter pieces to make the front and back and cut a piece 30 x 40 cm in size from each.

Step 2

Draw out a butterfly shape on paper and cut it out. Cut into 4 sections, then cut each section out of a different fat quarter leaving a 0.5 cm seam allowance around the pattern piece when cutting. Sew the four butterfly pieces together.

Step 3

Cut out a piece of batting and a piece of fabric from one of the fat quarters (making the backing piece) the same size as the patchwork butterfly.

Step 4

Place batting down first then the butterfly backing piece right side up and the patchwork front right side down. Sew around leaving a 5 cm gap for turning, turn the butterfly the right way out and slip stitch close the gap.

Step 5

Add quilted detail to the butterfly.

Step 6

Take the front and back bag pieces and on both turn over the top edge by 2 cm, the side edge in by 1 cm, then fold the top edge over again by 3 cm. sew along the bottom edge to secure.

Step 7

Sew the butterfly onto the bag front, sewing a line down the middle of the butterfly.

Step 8

Pin the front and back right sides together and sew along the bottom of the bag, then down each side starting 5 cm from the bottom of the top folded edge and leave a 5 cm gap at the bottom.

Step 9

Take the ribbon and cut in half so you have 2 1.3 m long pieces. Thread through the ribbon, taking one piece and threading it from the left side right around the top of the bag and back out the left side, next take the other piece and thread it from the right side right around the top of the bag and back out the right side. Take the ends of the ribbon and pull them down the inside of the bag (which is still inside out) and pull out of the 5 cm gap a the bottom of each side, so the left hand ribbon comes out the bottom left side and the right side ribbon comes out the bottom right. Pin in place and sew to secure.

Step 10

Turn the bag the right way around and slip stitch closed the 5 cm gap beneath the top fold over turning in the side edges by 1 cm.

Step 11

Using the embroidery thread sew on two antenna and sew down the middle of the body.

By Lesley Foster at Hook, Stitch, Sew for The Craft Cotton Company 2017

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