Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Korean Souvenirs 1 - Drawstring Bag

All of last week my family and I were in Korea for a holiday. That my husband's sister was living in Seoul was all the excuse we needed for an overseas vacation. My kids had never flown before and I was so excited for them. Funny moment: Shortly after taking off, my kids who were more interested in the movies than anything else had their headphones on when there was some turbulence. My son speaking in a very loud voice asked: "Have we landed?" I still laugh until I cry everytime I recall this sweet moment.

Korea was freezing cold. Having lived in Singapore all my life, the only cold I know is air-cond cold. In all my holidays abroad I had always chosen to go during Summer. I feared the cold like I feared losing my wallet. Last week in Korea was late Autumn but Winter came early. It snowed. (My first snow!) How does one describe the first shock of the icy wind in your face? To your system? I wore gloves, woollen scarf, woollen cap, 3 layers of pants, 3 layers of knitted long sleeved sweaters, 1 wool quilted jacket and I was still cold. My bones rattled. I have new respect and sympathy for people who live in countries with 4 seasons.

Korean Drawstring Bag - Gorgeous colour

I saw this cute Korean drawstring bag and couldn't resist buying it. Check out the knots! I examined the seams in detail and realised I could make a similar drawstring bag. I took photos as I went along so I could remember the steps. This is not a tutorial.

Outer fabric : Cut 1 piece 7 3/4" by 14"
Lining : Cut 1 piece 7 3/4" by 14"
Frill : Cut 2 pieces 7 3/4" by 7"

Step 1
Fold outer fabric into half along long side, right side together.
For both sides of the seams: From the raw edge, sew down 1/4" (my seam allowance).
Leave gap of 3/4" for drawstring.
Sew to the end of fabric.

Step 2
Fold lining into half along long side, right side together.
For one side of the seam: Sew to the end of the lining.
For the other side of the seam: Leave a small gap for turning.

Step 3
With right sides together, sew the side seams (7") of the frill together all the way to the end.

Step 4
With wrong sides together, fold the frill into 2 matching raw seams. Press.

Step 5
With right sides together, place the frill around the outer fabric, matching raw edges. Pin and saw 1/4" from raw edges.

Step 6
Turn outer fabric wrong side out. The frill should be inside. Insert lining right side out into the outer fabric. Match raw edges. Sew 1/4" from the raw edges.

Step 7
Turn bag right side out. Topstitch a short distance from the seam separating the outer fabric from the frill. Topstitch 3/4" from the previous topstitch. This will encase the drawstrings.

Step 8
Put in the drawstrings and you're all set.


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