I am getting ready to start a new project. There is always the need to have something to put the project into keep it clean and transport it. I would normally use a zippered plastic bag but have found that although these are good, sometimes they don't fit the embroidery hoop and If I enclose cards of embroidery thread I misplace them or leave them lying around and then can't find them.
So for this project I have made a draw-string bag with a pocket inside for the pattern and embroidery tools.
Years ago I bought a bundle of manufacturers samples to make skirts for little girls and I still have a bundle left over. They are a light cotton (I think they are from the days before poly-cotton was so cheap), and all the pieces measured 7''x12". I used 6 pieces to make the bag. Four for the bag, one for the pocket and one for the drawstring casing.
I could have just overlocked the seams but I didn't have the overlocker threaded and I hate having to thread that machine. So I used French seams so that I would not have any frayed threads getting on my work. I joined two pieces each to make a front and back then sewed a hem on the fifth piece for the pocket.
I placed the pocket a little higher from the base and stitched a divider for the pattern and the embroidery tools.
For the draw string casing I cut another piece of fabric in half and attached that to the top of the bag. Stitching down from the top edge for a frill . I still have a bundle of these pieces left over and have been keeping them for over 20 years. Time to use them up. I think I might make bags for my grand nieces. The eldest is now 12 so bags like these are good for things that girls like to keep.
All that was left to do was insert some cord and I had my bag.
Then I made a holder for the embroidery tools I would need. Very quickly, with a scrap of lining fabric. This has worked so well, but looks so bad, that I am going to remake it properly.