Learn to Sew: Drawstring Bag

  • Thursday, September 22, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • BARN Fiber Studio, Class Code FI092222FF
  • 4


  • $98 + $20 Materials Fee
  • $75 + $20 Materials Fee

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Sewing is fun! Come find out how fun and easy in one of these project-based Learn to Sew classes. In each class, through making one very simple project, you’ll pick up a few key skills that will prepare you for more complicated projects in the future. You will find lots of uses for the cute cotton bag we’ll make in this class—storage, packing, gift-wrapping, and more. 

Each project teaches different skills, but all projects will cover these basics:

  • Cutting fabric with a rotary cutter
  • Sewing a typical seam with a “seam allowance” and knowing whether a seam needs finishing
  • Pressing seams
  • Using measuring and marking tools

Key skills for the Drawstring Bag Class

  • Cutting and sewing matching rectangles 
  • Making lining 
  • Making and threading a casing 
  • Making double-fold binding for the drawstring
  • Applying grommets

Note: the class is scheduled for 3.5 hours. You may not need the entire time to complete the project. If you need more time, you can arrange with your instructor to come to a Better Together Sewing Session.

Join us for other "Learn to Sew" Classes: 

Casserole CarrierOctober 13, 1 pm - 4:30 pm

Bring a dish to your next picnic or potluck in style. These carriers make great gifts, too!

Key skills: applying bias binding, sewing on a curve, turning a tube right side out, managing thicker fabric

Jammie BottomsOctober 27, 1pm - 4:30 pm

Relax with pride in pajama pants you made yourself, or make them in a

size to give to someone else. The pattern includes youth, women’s, and men’s sizes from very small to very large.

Key skills: reading a commercial pattern including finding your size, hemming, making a drawstring casing

Make An Apron, November 10, 1 pm - 4:30 pm

Protect your clothes or add style or both! You’ll have the option of making your own fabric for the pocket by sewing smaller pieces of fabric together.

Key skills: cutting smooth curves, applying bias binding on curves, making button holes, turning a pocket right side out, piecing (optional)

Scoop-Neck Top: December 8, 1 pm - 4:30 pm

This cap-sleeved scoop-neck top you’ll make from woven fabric can go with any thing from jeans or jammie bottoms to a power suit. The pattern includes bust/chest sizes from 32 to 58 inches.

Key skills: reading a commercial pattern including finding your size, sewing darts, applying bias facing, setting sleeves, basic hemming


  • The first half hour will cover basic sewing machine operations. The first 30 minutes is optional for people who have taken Learn How to Use the Fiber Studio Sewing Machines, and you’re welcome to attend as a refresher.

  • Skill Level: These classes are geared toward beginners, but more experienced sewists are also welcome to join.

  • Material Fees:$20–all materials and supplies provided by BARN: fabric and grommets

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.


Fran Fuller learned to sew from her mother when she was 6 or 7 and made clothing and other projects for herself and for friends through high school and college. Now she sews bags, apparel, and other projects at home and at BARN. She is the coordinator of the BARN sewing program.

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