Bunny Drawstring Bag

Posted by Christine Flood
This cute little drawstring bag will delight any child at Easter. Not only will they love the eggs, but have a keepsake bag which can be reused over and over again!

Machine Requirements:

1.    Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machine 1-9
2.    Husqvarna Viking Adjustable ¼” Foot with Guide #H9204560-96 for machines 1-8 or #H9205660-96 for machines 9
3.    Husqvarna Viking A Foot


1.    30cm x (3) coordinating cotton fabrics
2.    5” x 7” piece of stabiliser
3.    1m of 6mm wide ribbon for drawstring
4.    Construction thread
5.    Rotary mat, cutter, and ruler
6.    General sewing tools.
Cutting Instructions
*All instruction will now be in Imperial measurements as per standard patchwork and quilting measurements.
1.    From cotton fabric 1:
1.     Cut (2) 2 ½” strip by width of fabric (WOF)
                                               i.     Crosscut (1) only to 16 ½” for bag bottom.
2.    From cotton fabric 2:
1.     Cut (1) 2 ½” strip by WOF.
2.     Cut (1) 5” strip by WOF.
                                               i.     Crosscut to (1) 8 ½” rectangle for drawstring casing.
3.    From cotton fabric 3:
1.     Cut (1) 2 ½” strip by WOF.
2.     Cut (1) 8 ½” strip by WOF.
                                               i.     Crosscut to (1) 16 ½” rectangle for lining.
                                             ii.     Use remaining fabric for Bunny Ears.

Sewing Instructions:

*All seams are ¼” (6mm) unless otherwise stated.

1.    Attach Adjustable ¼” Foot with Guide to machine. Sew (1) 2 ½” strip of cotton fabric together along length of strip, using the guide to run fabric along.  See Figure 1.
2.    Sew third strip to one edge of the above unit along the long edge. Press all seams. See Figure 2.


3.    Crosscut the pieced strip into 9 x 2 ½” units as shown in Figure 3.


4.    Lay the pieced unit on your workbench and alternate the fabrics to create a grid like pattern to form 3 rows of 8 blocks. (You will need to unpick a couple of seams to make the strip pieced 8 units long). See Figure 4


5.    Sew the units together into strips. Press. Sew strips together to make bag front. See Figure 5

6.    Attach the bag bottom strip to the bottom edge of patchwork piece. See Figure 6.

7.    Fold the patchwork piece in half lengthwise. Sew along the bottom and side edges, pivoting at the corner.
8.    With right sides still together, pinch and pull apart the corner. An apex will form at the corner as you match the side seam to the bottom seam. Align the seams and pin matched seam to hold them together.
9.    Align apex with a line on your cutting mat. Using your ruler, measure down 1” from apex and mark with a water-soluble pen. Refer to figure 7. Repeat for second side.

10. Attach A foot to your machine and sew on the marked line. Turn right side out. Set aside.
11.  Attach Adjustable ¼” Foot with Guide. Using lining piece, fold in half lengthwise and sew side and bottom seam, leaving a gap of 3” for turning through. Repeat steps 8 to 10 to create box bottom. Set aside.
12. Attach Adjustable ¼” Foot with Guide. Using one piece of casing fabric, fold in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew ¼” in from short ends as shown in Figure 8. Repeat for second piece.
13. Turn the pieces right side out, folding along the length of fabric. Press.
14. Using the outer bag, place raw edges together, matching ends with side seams. Pin in place. Refer to Figure 9.

15. Sew the casing fabric to the main body.
Hint: you may find it easier to attach the casing by removing the accessory tray to allow you to use free arm.
16.  Slip the main bag inside the lining, right sides together. Match side and back seams. Align the raw edges of the front/casing unit and lining. Pin through all pieces. Sew over previous line of stitching.

17.  Turn bag through opening in lining fabric so right side is out. Slip stitch opening closed and manipulate the fabric to sit in a nice bag shape. Press if necessary.
18.  Draft Bunny Ears pattern 3 ¼” at base and 4 ½” high. Refer to Figure 10.


19.  Cut 4 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of iron on stabiliser. Iron stabiliser to 2 pieces of fabric, as per manufacturers instructions.
20.  Using 1 stabilised ear, and 1 plain ear, place right sides together. Sew around with ¼” seam, leaving a small opening at the bottom for turning.
Hint: Using your needle in the down position will allow your foot to slightly raise, allowing you to pivot the fabric as you sew.
21.  Clip and trim excess fabric on corners and curves. Turn right side out. Gently poke corners out. Press and slip stitch opening closed. Refer to Figure 11.

22.  Place ears 1” apart from centre back of ribbon casing. Attach Foot A and sew in place.
23.  Cut ribbon in half. Using one piece of ribbon, insert through one side of the casing, coming out the other end. Insert this same end through the second side of casing. Knot ribbon ends together.
24.  Repeat for second piece of ribbon, although starting from the other end.
Congratulations on finishing your project!
We can’t wait to see what you create! Don’t forget to share them with us on Instagram, tagging @husqvarna_viking_australia and using the hashtags #keepingtheworldsewing or our Facebook page Husqvarna Viking Australia.

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