Step 1: Supplies -
- Old jeans
- Sewing Machine (or lots of time to hand-sew)
- Safety pin
And, if you want to decorate your bag, which is optional, you will also need:
- Paint brush
- Foam Alphabet Stamps
Step 2: Measure and Cut
- Measure about three inches above the top of the roasting stick and cut straight across.
Step 3: The Bottom
Step 4: Top of Bag
- At the opening, fold the fabric down. It's a good idea to measure so that it is folded down at an equal distance all around the opening. I measured about 1 & 1/2 inches down.
- Next, pin the fold down.
Tip: Normally you'd do a rolled hem, which means you'd fold it twice, ironing it with each fold, you know - the whole schabang. You can do that if you wish but because I was working with denim I folded it once. It fit my needs.
- Once you have it folded down and pinned, sew all the way around the opening to secure the fold in place. You want to sew close to the raw edge making sure that you are leaving a good size distance in between the stitching/raw edge and the top of the opening. Your ribbon will go in that space so make sure you plan accordingly.
Step 5: Adding the Drawstring
- Carefully cut a slit on each side of the bag. I did mine near each of the side seams. You want each slit to be in-between the edge of the opening and the hem you just sewed.
Warning: Don't cut through the hem.
- Cut two long pieces of ribbon and thread them through each side of the hem. The easiest way to do this is to attach one end of your ribbon to a safety pin and push the pin through the space in between the hem and the edge of the opening. As you push the pin, your ribbon will pull through the space.
- Once threaded through, your ribbon will be sticking out on both sides of your bag. Tie the edges together with a simple knot.
Step 6: Drawstring Complete
Step 7: Alpha Stamps and Paint
- Paint each letter of the word you are spelling and then stamp onto the paint leg.
Tip: If you have fabric paints on hand, use those. They will work better and allow you to wash your bag with minimal fading. I didn't have those, so I just used acrylic craft paint.