When Your In A Pinch For Patriotism
A bandana is all you need
Happy Birthday, America! It’s been a beautiful holiday weekend over here in Florida, with just some minor showers, but nothing that’s keeping us from enjoying some family time. We ended up enjoying the Gulf for a couple days with family, and now back home to watch the fireworks tonight. While we were away, I had a new machine sitting on my doorstep waiting to be opened! I may have been a little ambitious in my thinking when I ordered this, but I figured it was cheap enough that if I couldn’t master it, then no big deal. I purchased a hand held sewing machine (THIS guy right here) hoping to create a few small sewing projects. I still have to figure somethings out, like how to end the stitch, but I think this handy took will work!
I grabbed a couple bandana’s from Walmart last week, without any real intentions, but they were festive and cheap; couldn’t pass that up. I scoured Pinterest for a bit until I ran across the idea of making a drawstring bag out of the two bandanas. How great and easy is that?! I made this within 20 minutes of arriving back home and opening my hand held sewing machine. I already had string in my craft room, and of course fabric ink for the little star details. So, grab your bandanas and lets have some fun.
Disclaimer: Besides the normal, this pages includes some affiliate links, I also want to add that I DO NOT SEW! So, while I tried my best, I’ll still have to go back and hand stitch the ends to make sure they hold! For those who know what they are doing, you’ll have a better handle on all that. 🙂
2 Bandanas (THESE are patriotic, or head to Walmart)
String or Cord
Sewing machine (I used THIS hand held one)
Fabric Paint (I used Silhouette Brand)
Cutting Machine (I used my Silhouette Curio)
Start by pinning three sides of the bandana down with what will be the inside, facing out (one side is usually brighter than the other), then fold the top side down about an inch on both sides. This will be for the cord.
Sew the top sides first, then move to the other sides. Make sure that you start your stitch for the sides right where the top stitches start. You don’t want to sew the openings for the cords shut!
Once all sewn, flip your bag inside out (or what is rather right side). Now you’ll thread your cord through the channels. I tied a paper clip to one end and fed it through. Tie off the two ends once you thread the cord through both channels, and pull the ends so that you have your handles. I hid the knot inside the channel for a cleaner look.
If you want to add a little pizzaz or personalization, grab some vinyl and fabric ink (or just use HTV). I added a handful of gold stars to my bag with fabric ink. I only put one coat on because I wanted to give it a more vintage look by not fully filling the stars with ink. This gives a more distressed look that works well with the tie-dye!
How easy was that?! This is a great summer time bag that can be customized from the color and pattern bandanas to the designs you decide to vinyl or paint. You can also make a smaller bag by using only one bandana. That would be great for children. I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday, and if you have a few minutes, why not make this quick bag before you head out today!