I started making these little bags as a way to use up those scraps that are too small to really do anything with but too large to justify throwing out. The bag is completely reversible and it can double as a sun hat in a pinch!
Step 1: Gather Materials
you will need:
-string or cord
-8.5" by 11" paper
=measuring tape or ruler
-sewing machine (or just a needle, that would take longer)
Step 2: Wash and Iron Fabric
I know it's a pain, but it makes things easier in the long run. Wash fabric according to its instructions and iron it, if possible.
Step 3: Make Pattern
Step 4: Cut Out Fabric and Decide on Arrangement
Once you have all your pieces cut out, try arranging them in different ways and see what you like the most.
Step 5: Pin and Sew Each Side
Now start the sewing! Once you have the arrangement you want, pin two pieces with right sides together and sew one side together from the bottom point to the top. I used about 1/2 inch seam allowance but it's up to you, just keep that in mind when making your pattern and cutting out pieces. Open them up and pin and sew the next piece. Continue adding pieces until you have 6 connected and just have to connect the sides. When connecting the last side, leave about a half inch opening about 3 inches from the edge. this is where the drawstring will go later. Do this to both sides.
Press open the seams and sew them down.
Step 6: Sew the Sides Together
Put right sides together, making sure the openings for the drawstrings line up. Pin them together and sew together, leaving about 3 inches un-sewn. Through this opening, turn the bags right-side-out so that the right sides of the fabric are showing. Pin and sew the opening closed.