One of the delightful parts of my traveling this summer has been the ability to sew what I want, when I want (no deadlines!), and where I want (north of the arctic circle? No problem!). Before starting our planned 2-week drive up and down the Dalton Highway in Alaska, I found a few tutorials that were new to me that I wanted to try: the Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial by In Color Order and the Organizer Wallet Tutorial by LBG Studio (because every bag needs something to go inside it, right?!?).
While my selection of fun prints on this trip is a bit more limited than usual, it wasn’t hard at all to find something to work with to make test versions of both tutorials to keep for myself. I did have to stop in Wasilla, Alaska, to pick up interfacing, elastic, and parachute cord for the projects. The parachute cord is glow in the dark, which I think is a silly, fun detail.
I also purchased a 3” x 5” memo pad that the organizer wallet was designed for and added a marker to round things out. The card spots are great locations to tuck business cards, and I have my postcard stamps inside the wallet so that I can be ready to quickly jot a note to send back to my young nieces.
The lined drawstring bag comes together really quickly, and I could fit a cone of Aurifil thread and the organizer wallet inside with room to spare!
You are going to have to take my word for it, but I made 5 other lined drawstring bags. In my excitement to have them finished, I shipped them off to friends when we reached Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, at the end of the Dalton Highway at the Arctic Ocean before I realized that I had failed to take any photographs. Oops!
Fortunately, I have photographs of all the organizer wallets that I made to tuck inside each drawstring bag. Each wallet was customized to match favorite colors of the intended recipients to the best of my ability.
I did struggle to get the interfacing to adhere to my test wallet and about a quarter of the outer interfacing is folded back as a result. I modified my ironing approach by heating up my stock pan on our stove and using it much like an old cast iron. It worked much better and the 5 other wallets turned out much crisper and better as a result.
I am definitely ready to conquer sewing some zippers soon. A pillow backing or perhaps a simple zipped pouch would be a good place to start. Do you have any suggestions for easy first zipper patterns? What have you been sewing this summer?