Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sent me a $25 giftcard to re-create one of their projects from their Cape Discovery summer crafting challenge!
I chose a Drawstring Backpack, but modified it quite a bit to make it my own, of course!
2 fabrics for the bag - cut 16'' wide x 16.5'' on the fold
1 yard of crochet trim
1 spool of ribbon- length to fit your child or you
Cut your fabrics on the fold, creating two large folded rectangles, 16'' x 16.5''. I made my inner bag slightly smaller to fit a little better as my lining. On the side that is not open pin to mark or mark with a pen 2 inches down towards the folded edge. This will be your stopping point for sewing up your side seams of the bag.
*Note I had slightly hemmed my slits, but found this unnecessary.
Sew a straight stitch all the way around the raw edge opening, making sure your slits match at the side seams. Leave one side with the slits open to pull your fabric through.
Fold your lining fabric over your main fabric and pin, so it shows on the outside.
Taking a large safety pin, feed your ribbon through each side of the openings. Bring it down to meet the button holes on each side. You may want to try this on your child at this point, so you know how long the straps should be. Or you could add extra buttons up the strap to make it adjustable! Just some ideas!
Grabbing both ends of ribbon on one side of the bag, make the ends butt up (ha!). Pin and sew this down, so you won't see the underneath part of the ribbon, but make a ribbon strap. You are literally sewing two ribbons together.
Cai kindly obliged to look through "Beloved's" bag... you see, he told me to pick out girly fabrics, because he is CERTAIN Beloved is going to be a girl. If we ask him or tell him the possibility that Beloved may be a boy, he says "Nuh uh, it's gonna be a girl." So, if anyone is keeping track, I now have TWO girl items in possible girl baby beloved's closet...
Fabrics seen in this post are sponsored form Jo-Ann's and are lisette Liesl and Co. (mini colored squares) and a teal damask print made exclusively for Jo-Ann's. The ribbon I already had in my stash and I believe may be from Hobby Lobby. The lace crochet trim is from Jo-Ann's and buttons from my stash.
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Now, if you would, help a sister out, by pinning this tutorial with #summerofjoann, so I possibly could win a $100 giftcard! Now wouldn't THAT be fun!? Not that I think it will happen, but who would love $100 to spend on fabrics!?