So the last blog posts may have been just a tad bit negative... so I'm lightening it up this week with a fun little DIY! These are PERFECT for networking events if you want to hand out a little something to those you're networking with. I actually made these to put into Swag Bags for the ladies of my big networking group here in Colorado Springs- Divas Doing Business. I accompanied the little drawstring bags with business cards, a handwritten note, and a promotional flyer. They looked great in the gift bags and went over really well with the ladies!
These are perfect for beginners in sewing, and are super quick and easy to make. I just suggest that if you're making them in large quantities, give yourself more than a week from start to finish. (I was scrambling a bit the night before.)
What you need:
Material (any type—I used scraps from other projects)
Iron and ironing board
All purpose sewing thread
Sewing machine (or these can be done by hand)
Step 1: Cut your material.
For bags to fit business cards perfectly, you'll want your rectangles of material to be 5.5" wide and 6" tall.
Step 2: Fold and press.
This is your drawstring pocket. On the 5.5" side of your material rectangle, crease a small fold of about .125" and press with a hot iron. Then fold it again to .25" and press with your hot iron again. I then usually put it to the side and put my ruler on it so that it cools folded. Holds better this way.
Step 3: Sew the drawstring pocket.
This is just a simple stitch across the folds.
Step 4: Fold in half, with the good side of material together, and sew to make your bag.
Biggest thing to remember here: start your stitch at the bottom of the drawstring pocket you just sewed. You need to make sure that the ends are OPEN on both sides.
You'll just sew a straight line on the one side, lift your sewing machine foot, pivot to change directions, then sew the final side.
Step 5: Turn right side out. Cut and prep your cord.
Turn your bag right side out and be impressed with your handy work! (I'm always amazed at how it hides my errors.) Then prep your craft cord. I didn't get any photos of this, but it's pretty straight forward. Cut your cord about 10 inches long. The length will depend on how much you want coming out of the pocket, so play around with it and find a size you like. Then, with your lighter, melt the tips of the craft cord so that it will hold together and not fray.
Step 6: Feed your cord through the pocket of your bag and tie.
Put a safety pin at the tip of your string then feed the string through your bag. Make the ends even, and tie together in one knot.
Step 7: Personalize it.
A bag is just a bag unless you personalize it! So include your business cards inside (one for them to keep, and one for them to give away) and a hand written note letting them know you handmade it just for them!
If you try it, let me know how it goes in the comments below! Oh, and just a little final piece of advise: make sure you make one for yourself. Having sewed 50 of them, and not made an extra one for myself, I'm a little disappointed. And do I feel like going to the effort of making myself one? NO WAY. I'm going to be taking a break from the sewing machine for a while...