August 14, 2014

Scrappy Drawstring Tote Bags for Shoe Box Gifts

I have been having a ball Purging my unwanted fabric and changing it into useful things for my Operation Christmas Child shoe box gifts.  I am so glad Stitched In Color choose to challenge us to purge our unloved and scrap fabrics.  My latest stitching is a drawstring bag large enough to carry the shoe box full of gifts.

Scrappy Drawstring Tote Bags for OCC Shoe Box Gifts


I love to include tote bags in my shoe boxes so the child can carry their new goodies easily.  I decided a few weeks ago that I'd make drawstring bags just large enough to tuck the shoe box inside -- that way they can carry all their goodies with or without the shoe box.  As you can see, I started with my scraps.

Shoe Box Drawstring Bag How-to Illustrated TutorialsEDITING:  I've written up instructions on how to make the drawstring bags.  Find them here:


Scraps from Pillow Case Style Dresses

Many of my scraps I have used to make American Girl pillow case dresses to raise funds for Dress A Girl Around the World -- each dress was a match to one I made for a girl in crisis.  But I ended that
project last year and have gathered lots of new scraps which I tried to match up for these patchwork bags.

patchwork drawstring bag or shoe boxes
Aqua, lime green, orange and pink fabrics.









scrap fabric drawstring bag
This matches a patchwork apron I made for a shoe box.

Scraps from My Daughter's Projects

My daughter recovered some patio furniture for a friend and had this heavy duty fabric left.  I pieced together all the pieces and it was the perfect size.  I added the bright pink bias tape scraps in honor of my mother-in-law. She loved green and pink together.

Green and pink drawstring bag for OCC shoe box gift.

This heavy linen was leftover from a dress my daughter made.  I had enough to patch two sideways pieces on either side of the center panel.  I added the ribbon over the seems to separate the directional differences in the design using the same ribbon as the drawstring.

Linen scraps for drawstring bag


Unloved Fabric -- Donation that wasn't quite suitable for a pillow case dress.

This fabric was a just a little too "see thru" to make a dress for a little girl.  It was perfect for a drawstring bag and I love I had this ribbon for the drawstring with the pink/yellow/rose combination to match it so perfectly.

Dora Explorer fabric draw string bag for OCC

To take up less room in the shoe box, I tuck them inside a sandwich zipper bag and squeeze out all the air.


My next project is toy sacks! Dozens & Dozens!

You can find out more about the Stitched In Color Purging Party by clicking the image below.

the Purge
Happy Packing!

24 comments:

4 Gals 4 God said...

Do you have a pattern for this?

Cheryl said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by. I do not have a pattern. I was thinking about writing one and posting it if anyone is interested. Do you think it would be worthwhile to write it out?

expectingnana said...

Yes it would definitely be beneficial to have a pattern here, especially for those who are seasonal sewers.

Cheryl said...

Thanks, I'll work one up soon and post it. I want to figure out how anyone could easily take any size shoe box and make one to carry it in.

Dale said...

Would love a pattern. Could get some ladies from our church on this one. We pack shoe boxes in November and could have many sewed up by then. I have so much material and need to get some of it used! Please post pattern soon so we can get on this one. Shirley Cole

Jilly said...

I also hope you put up a pattern. Found you via OCC's post on FB. Looking for a fairly easy bag for girls in a sewing club to make. Please let me know if you post a pattern.

Blessed2Bamom said...

I would LOVE a pattern!

Blessed2Bamom said...

I would LOVE to have a pattern!

Elaine said...

I also would love to have the instructions. This is a wonderful idea!

Cheryl said...

Okay, everyone, I will try to get one written up this week. I'll have to actually make some more up to figure exactly how I did it and to photograph the steps. Thanks for your interest.

Lori H said...

Oh please post the instructions! These are too cute and would love to make some for the shoe boxes.

Ruth Proctor said...

I too hope that someone makes the pattern available.

Ruth Proctor said...

I too hope that the pattern is made available. Would love to make some of these for the Christmas Shoe Boxes.

Teia Collier said...

I am totally game to make some!

fruitfulwords said...

Love how you used scraps to bless OCC recipients: creative and thoughtful.

I'd also use a pattern if if were written out.
THANKS.

Anonymous said...

I also would love a pattern. I just started making pillow case dresses and was thinking about making small tote bags from scraps after making Minkys. These will go into shoe boxes for pencils, etc

Christine said...

Yes, It would be very much appreciated to have a pattern. It's a lovely idea and a great project for my young daughter to sharpen some basic sewing skills. Please post a pattern! Thank you for sharing your idea! We love it!

Annetta Nesler said...

I would love a pattern, and a few of the people I shared this idea with would love one too! :-)

Cheryl said...

Patterns are up -- links to them are in the post above near the top.

Ruth Proctor said...

Thank you for taking the time to make the pattern available. I appreciate it very much.

Cheryl said...

You are welcome, Ruth. I hope it is helpful.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Your fabric combinations are awesome, Cheryl!!! Beautiful drawstring bags.

Pam @Threading My Way said...

Hi Cheryl, I've featured your fab drawstring bags today...
http://www.threadingmyway.com/2014/08/threading-your-way-features_23.html

Cheryl said...

Thank you, Pam, for your encouraging words -- these are my first attempts at matching fabrics. And oh so fun--thanks for the feature!!!!

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