After my dogs attacked my prized Pottery Barn duvet cover in the dead center of it (rendering it completely useless as bed clothes), I cut the bottom lining off to use for other projects and saved the decorative top for…whatever may come up. Turns out I have super educated and talented friends who spotted the pattern as Indienne, a fabric pattern popular between 17th and 19th centuries. So I cut down a quarter of the duvet cover for an 18th century jacket (coming soon to the blog) and used some scrappy areas for a stomacher (also coming soon), pockets (see the pockets build here), and with what little was left…I made a small drawstring bag inspired by a bag carried by Claire from Outlander in season 2 (see the pin here).
I couldn’t find a pattern for a drawstring bag so I made one (download my PDF pattern here). Printing on an 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper limits the size but it could be scaled to any size. Instructions are below.
18th Century Drawstring Bag How-To
- Cut 2 pattern (outside), 2 contrast (lining), and 2 fusible interfacing
- Iron interfacing to wrong sides of patterned fabric
- With right sides together, stitch pattern to liner at top
- Repeat with other pattern & liner
- Turn right side out and iron top seam
- Position extra-wide double-fold bias tape where drawstring will be inserted on both patterned fabric (I’m using linen here, which frays like a mofo)
- With right sides together, stitch both patterned pieces together around curve
- Trim excess
- Turn right side out and iron flat
- If using bias tape, stitch top and bottom all the way around bag (to keep bias tape in place)
- Cut slits through bias tape, patterned outside, and liner as shown in pattern and picture below
- Insert string or closed bias tape weaving in and out between slits
- Tie loose ends in knot
- Carry around wrist
- Fill a flask of whisky and insert into drawstring purse…slàinte!