DIY Drawstring Backpack | SewBrenna

DIY Drawstring Backpack | SewBrenna


howdy hey hello there! today I’m showing
you how to make drawstring backpacks. these are backpacks that I am making for
the girls T&T age group, basically third to sixth
grade and I have all the sixth graders at my table cuz they’re awesome and it’s
so cool and so fun. hi girls! okay anywho, my mom did the embroidery on
her fantastically awesome embroidery machine and then they’re just drawstring
closed once they’re finished and you’ve done it properly at least and then it
just opens up. so the girls will get to color on the white and then inside is
the color of their table there’s four different color tables there’s green
yellow blue and red. so the outside embroidery has the same color as the
inside. so the things you’ll need are if you want to make just like this you’ll
need white for the outside and a green or a plain color for the inside or a
print is also cute and then you’ll need I believe it’s four millimeter I’ll make
sure and put it in the description four millimeter cording and this is called
macrame cord I believe this is Pepperell pretty sure. I’ll put it on the screen
here and so I did 70 inch lengths for these shoulder straps and then four
inches for this little strap down here and I’m pretty sure that’s it so let’s
get started yay! I forgot to mention that it’s helpful to have a lighter so
that once you cut your ends it doesn’t ravel little you just holding
the fire over it for a little bit until it melts down to a nice hardened state
so that’s also something that’s helpful. I have my cording cut so I will set my 4
inch pieces and my 30 no 70 inch pieces aside and I’m going to cut out the green
lining so I’m making another green bag. and the finished dimensions are 15… well
let me check that before I tell you just so I don’t make a liar out of myself the
finished dimensions for the lining and for the white piece are 15
and a half by 39 now when you have your pieces cut out to the right measurements
you’re going to pin them right sides together and sew along both edges to
make a kind of tube so if you’re pinning it like I am you want your embroidery if
you have embroidery or your printed side facing you and then pin your lining like
this and I’m using 1/2 inch seam allowance for pretty much all of my seam
allowance unless otherwise noted so I just pin there and there and then match
up the bottom. after we do this I’ll meet you over at the ironing board. for this
next step I’m going to be using Clover’s Press Perfect it’s amazing I love it I
can’t use it enough it just makes my life so much easier. what I like to do is
press my seams after I stitch them, it helps the stitching sit a bit nicer and I will show you this step once, but you
really need to do it four times so I spread that over my ironing board and
then I iron this seam open nice and flat there and then from here we’re going to
take this and fold in the edge about a quarter of an inch or right at a
quarter of an inch and you can use this or you can use a seam gauge and just
measure up a quarter of an inch every once in a while and fold it in and over
and then since this has a ruler on it I’m actually going to just scoot this
over while I turn this over on itself and then I pin one inch away from the
seam line on both sides or a little bit more than an inch just to make sure that
when I go to sew it it catches it far down enough. so then this side is done
I’m going to also do this end but then I’ll do the opposite on this tube also
so I’ll open this seam and then fold in those edges and then I’ll go over to the
sewing machine and stitch from this pin to this pin four times so on each of the
four places. when I’m doing the stitching I’m stitching close to this fold and
this is actually creating the opening for the casing for the shoulder straps.
here is how my tube looks now that I have that stitched for all four places
now I’m going to flip it right side out so that all of the seams are to the
inside and kind of finger press this a little bit and also flip the other side
and now I’m going to give a seam allowance of 3/4 of an inch from this
fold right here and I will sew down this way and that’s going to create like I
said the casing sewing here, that’s going to create the casing for the straps to
slide through for this next step you’ll need to grab your four inch pieces of
your strap or cording or whatever you call it so here’s what that steps -step
looks like that’s just a little tube now now I’m going to fold the white to the
inside, lining up my edges here making sure that my strap ends are even. I’m
going to place a pin one inch from this corner edge here and you could go all
the way down to the fold if you want to but it’s definitely a lot easier if
you’re serging so start about an inch away. now I’m taking my cording folding
that in half and pushing it all the way down next to this pin right like that
and if you want to you can stick a little bit of the cording to the outside
of the seam allowance just so you can see that you’re going to catch the edges
of it and then I place a pin here and then whoops these edges can get a little
bit trickier so I like to pin them so that I make sure that as I’m using my
half inch seam allowance I’m catching the whole raw edge so I’m basically just
unfolding it as far as I can and then I place a pin through there so that it’s
easy to remove and I do the same for this side you can see here that I just
used white to match the outside I suppose you could use green for this
that would be kind of cute if there was some detail stitching but white is just
easier so then I didn’t have to change color for each and every little bag so
now after I pin this side I will go along and sew, I’ll try to start right
about here and then half an inch away all the way down haven’t enjoyed from
the edge sorry that was confusing and then go all the way down and I double
backstitch whatever you want to call it over this strap because I know it’s
going to get lots of wear and tear and then I backstitch on the fold
and up on this end also so I’ll do that to both sides half an inch and then I’ll
serge but I’ll show you before I serge it. here is the finished bag as long as
you have a little bit of overlap that’s good you don’t have to match up
perfectly with the seam lines you just want to make sure that no raw edges are
sticking out through the front so for those of you who do not have a serger
what you can do is do a zig-zag stitch instead of a straight stitch where I did
mine and then use pinking shears and as you can see these cut a zigzag rather
than straight and that helps it from fraying
the serger cuts and then folds in the fabric so that it won’t fray but the
pinking shears are what people used to do before sergers weren’t invented so if
you are not able to splurge on a serger at this time that is what you can do for
the serger I’m starting at this end and working my way down here and then all
that’s left to do is string the shoulder straps through. here you can see I’m all
finished with the surging so I am just going to flip the bag right side out and
then I have a knitting needle here that’s going to help me make the corners
look a little bit nicer than if I wouldn’t poke them around you can also
use a pen if you don’t have like if you have a retractable pen or a pen with a
cap on it that’s what I would suggest but a knitting needle works really great
just to get that corner nice and crisp you’ll need a safety pin for the strap
portion so go ahead and grab a safety pin that’s all finished the knitting needle
aside and I found a shortcut way of doing this and as long as you have your
brain on straight it works so take a large safety pin whatever will fit
through the casing of your bag and thread both straps on and then close it
then go into the casing the hardest part is just making sure that the hard ends
of the strap cording whatever will go in but then after that it’s pretty easy there it goes
so you’re gonna just thread two straps through the first way so once you get to
the end take off one of the straps and give it a good pull now you’re going to
take the one that’s still on there and thread it through so you’ll actually be
threading something three times instead of four. now what I like to do is grab
the loop on this side and drag it out of ways there I’m going to unhook that and
then I’ll find this side okay so you’re this one that one and then I’ll even out
here and pull the straps even before I do that so then pull that and then
you’re gonna thread one through this loop down here and then tie an overhand
knot and get really close to the ends and that side’s done. now we need to grab
this loose this loose end and put it back on to the safety pin and go through
this way this is probably the hardest one because
there’s already a cord in there and it’s making it kind of crowded which is why
it’s so much faster to do two the first time. so again using that loop technique
to make sure that the ends will be even I will even out the ends and then tie
the knot. so I like to leave a big loop there and then pull it and before I pull it through here I make
sure that the top looks good and I’ll show you what I mean before I tie that
knot I make sure that this end and this end both look nice to where they’re not
going to get caught as you go to close the drawstring backpack but look we’re
already done that was so fast and so easy oh there it is it’s all finished I
promise is the one that I just made and not the one I showed you in the intro I
have seven of this color seven of blue six of red and six of yellow. I have one
extra for each table just in case another girl joins. anywho thank you so
much for spending some time with me today I really enjoyed having you along
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