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Make a fab kids drawstring sports kit bag in an hour

My daughter has a whole heap of PE kit to keep at school – trainers, football boots, shin pads, shorts, t-shirts, sweatshirts… there’s loads! She wanted a fun big bag that could keep everything all together rather than an array of carrier bags, so we got sewing and made this in under an hour. It’s super easy so a great project for kids or novice sewers. My fabric is by Michael Miller Bam Boy about £13/m

Here’s how you make it:

  1. Decide how big you want the bag to be. Cut out 2 pieces of fabric this size plus 3cm at the width and 6cm on the height. Pin the fabrics right sides together… IMG_4670IMG_4669
  2. Put pins as markers at the side seams 4.5cm from the top edge and stitch starting and finishing at these pins down the sides and across the bottom of the bag (use a 1.5cm seam allowance).  Remove the pins. IMG_4671IMG_4676
  3. Press the seams open and continue the pressed seam allowance up to the top edge. Stitch these seam allowances down (these will be the openings where the cord threads through). IMG_4680 IMG_4682
  4. On the top edge, iron 1.5cm then 3cm and pin to create a channel. Stitch close to the bottom folded edge.  IMG_4688  IMG_4690
  5. Wrap tape round the end of a long piece of cord to stop it fraying, spike onto a safety pin then thread the cord through one channel at the top, then round through the other channel.  IMG_4697
  6. Knot the ends of the cord together, trim the excess then unravel the cord to make a tassel. IMG_4706IMG_4707IMG_4713
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I'm an Interior Designer, Stylist, and writer for lots of lovely homes and interior magazines. I do almost anything that involves a paintbrush and am pretty handy with a drill, glue gun and sewing machine too. I believe you can make your little corner of the world your beautiful haven and if I can help you achieve this, I will.

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