The pace of the parties is increasing, there seems to be some thing on every day. Children of friends and family are flying home from overseas for Xmas so this has increased the party list. We went to a wedding lunch yesterday. The actual wedding was in Boston in the USA but this was the Australian celebration. Michael is my son's best friend and has been working in New York for the past 10 years and has now married, bought a house and settled there. So we all came to celebrate and to welcome Louisa into our circle of friends.
Secret Santa rules at most of the parties and at one there was a gift of a little bag. I was curious about how it was made and sat down to work it out. Then someone sent me a YouTube link for a fat quarter bag but that didn't answer the question of how the maths worked. I found that it all worked on the magic number 3. It doesn't really matter what size you want to make the bag as long as the side of your square can be divided by 3.
I decided to make a 15" square. I knew this would be small but it is just the right size to put a small gift into. I choose 2 contrasting colours in fabrics which were slightly different weights and sewed around the edge leaving an opening to turn the square to the right side. I did this and then slip stitched the opening closed. When ironed the lining just showed around the edge.
Now came the magic bit. I measured down 1/3rd of the side at both ends and turned this down ironing it in position. Then folded in the sides so the made a straight edge on either side. When folding I made sure that the lining was showing.
The top and bottom edges were sewn to make a casing for the draw string. I used the side of my sewing machine foot to define the distance and reversing at the start and finish.
In the videos and other bags I have seen like this, after folding the bag in half they machine stitched the side seams but I decided that I would get a neater finish if this was ladder stitched.
I did the same to the overlap opening on the front and back,
then boxed the corners so the bag would have a flat bottom.
I used a rat tail cord for the drawstring and sewed a bead at the point of each triangle to give it weight.
One easy bag that I now know how to make it lots of sizes. Thinking about this bag you could do a small embroidery on each of those triangles. An Initial would make it something personal.