I’ve been making some drawstring bags for the kids of my grove to use for the Midsummer sun coin hunt. These sturdy little bags made from sunny bandanas are so simple to make. To make one, all you need is: a bandana, matching thread, sewing needle (or sewing machine), scissors, iron, a ruler, pins, a safety pin, and a 30 inch cord or ribbon.
STEP 1: Iron creases out of your bandana and turn to the faded side. Bring the corners in to meet in the center, or as close as they will get, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Iron the edges to make a crease.
STEP 2: Flip the bandana over and bring corners to the center again. Iron edges to crease.
STEP 3: Measure about and inch in, all around the outer edges. This is your sewing line. Mark with pins.
STEP 4: Sew all the way around, through all layers, by hand or with a sewing machine. Don’t sew the corners closed- this will be a casing.
STEP 5: Attach a safety pin to the end of your cord to thread it through the casing.
STEP 6: Thread it all the way around to the beginning and tie it to the other end of the cord.
STEP 7: Pull cord to gather the top of the bag closed. You can pull some of the cord out at the opposite opening to create two handles for your bag. Attach trinkets (beads, buttons, bells) to the ends of the cord, if desired.
Notice the inside of your bag has eight little side pockets! The layers created in folding helps this bag stand up on it’s own.
For more Summer Solstice fun, see Kids’ Activities for Midsummer / Summer Solstice.