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There's no such thing as a Gruffalo Drawstring Bag

Project by Nicola Hills

I have done several Drawstring type tutorials, this is done in the same way apart from placing the different fabrics, ALL of which I wanted to use! My little twin boy cousins ADORE the Gruffalo stories and so when The Craft Cotton Co revealed these fabrics I was EXCITED to work with them!

You will need:

A pack of Fat Quarters

1/2 Metre of Lining Fabric

Drawstring Cord/ Ribbon



Sewing machine

Basic sewing kit

Applique paper

Bodkin or Saftey Pin


How To:

After ironing each of the Fat Quarters I cut out 2 of each of the sections shown above for the front and back of the bag.

Then I arranged them into a kind of patchwork design (this enabled me to include each of the fabrics) before piecing together.

All the seams were created using a 1/4” allowance

Once all the pieces are sewn together iron the seams flat then place R/S up on top of the wadding, clip or pin to secure

(Repeat for the back piece)

I quilted a simple wide diagonal pattern across the whole front and back sections

Sew 2 x smaller oblong pieces R/S together leaving a 2”gap.

Snip diagonally across the corners to reduce bulk and turn right side out. Iron.

Choose a different fabric to personalise with an initial.

Draw the initial onto appliqué paper , iron it onto the W/S of you fabric.

*TopTip make sure you draw the initial the correct way for when the paper is ironed onto the back of the fabric

Cut your initial out and peel the backing paper off, place onto the front of the pocket, iron. Sew round.

Open out both pieces and iron the seam flat.

Now R/S to R/S again place the lining together and main fabrics together making

sure you match the middle seams and pin round to secure

Sew around the bag where I have drawn stitch lines above with a 1/4” seam allowance.

*Make sure you leave the gaps.

I usually leave a 1” channel by measuring down 1” from the centre either side of the bag,

and a 3” gap to pull the bag through.

When you have sewn together, turn R/S out through the gap, press out seams and iron flat. Top stitch 1/4” down from the top.

Now where you left the channel for the drawstring you will need to sew round above and below the 1” to hold the drawstring in place (see black solid lines)

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, if you have a go, please share with us

Nicola Hills x

Made by Nicola Hills for The Craft Cotton Co 2021


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