We’re inching into warmer and warmer weather, which means that today’s See & Do is all the more timely. We’ve got a simple sewing project that gives your shades a classy little home in your handbag…and bonus, they’re a great project for reusing old fabrics and scraps.
- 2 – 5″ x 10″ cuts of canvas
- 2 – 5″ x 3″ cuts of patterned fabric
- cotton twine
- large gold jewelry jump rings
Putting It All Together: Begin by sewing the patterned fabric to the canvas right sides facing about 2.5″ from the bottom edge of the canvas.
Press, and if you’re ambitious, bind the edges with a zig zag or interlocking stitch.
With right sides facing, sew the two panels together along three sides, leaving the shorter canvas end open. On one of the long edges, leave a 0.25″ gap unsewn about 1.25″ from the top edge.
Turn right-side-out. Fold the top 1″ inside. Press.
Separately, wind twine around a piece of cardstock 1.5″ wide about 50 times. Do this for each of the tassels.
Take a piece of twine about three times longer than the pouch is around and thread the two ends through the unsewn hole in the side seam from inside of the bag out. This will be the drawstring.
Take the ends of the drawstring twine and thread each one between the cardstock and one of the wound tassels.
With the cardstock and tassels about 0.5″ from the side seam, tie the drawstring ends around the top of each wound tassel. Thread the ends back through the opening in the side seam. Tie the ends together. Trim the excess.
Cut the tassels off the cardstock.
Bind the tassels by tightening a large gold jewelry jump ring around the top of each one. Trim the ends of the tassels so that they’re nice and even.
Finish it off by top-stitching the top flap down around the drawstring.