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Review submitted in 2012 Fabric Stash Contest Contest
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Posted on:1/25/12 3:28 PM
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JenSews2 said... (1/27/12 11:42 AM) Reply
Thanks for your comments! Yes, this idea is useful for many things. I've used old shoestrings for suitcase shoe bags since the thinner cord works well for cotton fabrics. The thin ripstop just needs more friction and works better with the thicker cord. It does depend on your fabric. Buttonholes would be good to make it look nice as the unfinished edge isn't pretty, but camping guys don't care. I imagine for your use, making it look nicer would be probably better, though it takes longer. Or even just tucking the raw edge of the casing under at the side seam allowance and a quick straight stitch to hold it would work (before stitching casing).
JDpenelope said... (1/26/12 12:07 PM) Reply
Nice review. You have made good use of this idea with all of your various bags. I am doing something similar-- sewing drawstring bags to reduce my hefty stash. So you have a lot of ripstop in your stash, I take it! I am one of a handful of ladies who sew bags for an underfunded charity that rescues children and places them in emergency foster care, often in the middle of the night, with the police in attendance (I am told). The bags, with toiletries and pjs inside, are given to the foster care parents. For construction, we do almost the same thing that you do, except that we've been using long, donated shoelaces (about 5,000!) and also clothesline cording from Harbor Freight for the drawstring. (No graduation cords) Mid to heavier weight fabrics -- such as denim or upholstery fabric -- rather than quilting cottons, are requested by the agency. They also give us the preferred sizes. I have even used vinyl pieced with other fabric for the drawstring part. Some of us prefer to make a buttonhole, rather than leave an opening on the side that we think might get messy, even if serged. Obviously, that slows down the process....and maybe we'll re-think that part.
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