This little project bag featuring this stunning peacock print is a very useful item for any crafter. It’s the perfect size for making socks on the go and the thick canvas material doubled up means that there should be no danger of your needles working themselves through the bag and getting lost. This is also my entry for the Hillary’s Country Crafts competition– Hillary’s Blinds supplied this rather fabulous fabric. I think if I were to do this again, I would use a contrast lining and perhaps a bright blue binding. This is more elegant and understated than the things I usually make!


It even stands up on its own! I was inspired by this project here but I made a few changes. The bag is fully reversible, formed of an outer bag and lining bag stitched together.

You will need:

  • 4 12×12″ squares of fabric. I think 2 in a main colour and 2 for a contrast lining would look great. Or patchwork squares! I also think a lighter lining would help the drawstring action.
  • Ribbon or bias binding for the tie (less than 1m)

Finished bag is about 8″ tall with a 6″ square base. You can alter the bag to be any size, just ensure that the squares you cut from the bottom corners in Step 1 are 1/4 of the total width of the fabric. Unless otherwise stated, use a 1/4″ (0.75cm) seam allowance


1. Cut a 3″ square from the bottom corners of each square of fabric. I made a little template from scrap paper to ensure mine were even.


2. Choose the two squares that will form your outer bag. With right sides facing, stitch along the bottom seam, then the two side seams. Repeat with the other two (lining) pieces.


3. Press all your seams open. You will now create the corners in both bags.

4. Take one of your corners with the square removed and open it so that the two seams now meet in the middle. You’re going from this


…to this


5. Stitch across this edge.


Repeat with the other three corners. You will have two bags that look something like this. 20140330-222538.jpg

6. Now we assemble. Have your outer bag with the right side facing in. Put your lining bag inside it with the right side facing out, i.e. right sides together. Line the seams up carefully and trim the top edges if they’re a bit wonky. You could see in Step 2 that mine needed a trim.

Stitch around the top raw edge, sewing the two bags together. Leave a 3″ gap so you can pull both bags through so they’re the right way around. Once you pull the bags through the gap, you will have this


7. Press the seam at the top so it’s nice and neat. Top stitch to close the gap you left for pulling.

8. Mark a line 1″ down from the top edge. You will top stitch this line to create a channel for the drawstring.


8. Carefully snip open one of your side seams between the two top stitched rows. You will feed your drawstring through this gap. Attach a safety pin to your ribbon to make the process easier. I always find this step annoying!


9. Feed the ribbon all the way through the channel and stick a fork in it, you’re done! You actually could store forks in here if you wanted.