Making your own drawstring swimming bag is very easy and saves money especially if you’ve more than one to make. I use a shower curtain as the fabric is fabulous for a swimming bag – it can be washed easily but is also light to carry when full of swimming gear. Out of 1 shower curtain I have made 2 bags so far and I would think there would be enough to make at least another 2, maybe even 3.
You can decide what sized bag you would like to make and then add on 4cms to the width and 5cms to the length.
Here’s my piece of fabric.
To make up the bag, fold the edges in 1cm, iron flat and then fold another cm. This double hem is to hide any stray edges and prevent fraying as swimming bag fabric does tend to fray. Iron the double fold and then pin.
Here’s a closer picture of the pinned fabric.
Sew the hem, taking the pins out as you do (I pin vertically but to be correct you should pin horizontally so you can sew over the pins)
To make the top edge for the drawstring fold the top over 1cm, iron and then fold it over again 3cms and iron. Once you’ve ironed pin in place.
Sew this hem.
Using letter templates cut out the letters you need for the name you’d like. I’m using Heat and Bond (a bit like bond a web) because I want to stick my letters on so they don’t come off. This bag will be washed lots and dragged around wet changing rooms so I need to wash it. Remember when using heat and bond it’s ‘wrong to be right’ in that you need to draw the template the wrong way round so you will end up with the fabric on the right side. Have a read of the next few lines and this will make more sense.
I’ve stuck the heat and bond onto my chosen material.
Now cut the letters out. You can see that they are the ‘right’ way round.
Peel off the back paper
The glue will now be on the back of the fabric.
Measure where you would like the letters to go. I use a ruler to put them on and then use a tape measure to measure the distance from the bottom of the ruler to the bottom of the fabric. So long as it’s the same your name will be straight.
Iron the letters on.
Now to edge them in perle cotton or a thicker embroidery cotton.
I chose a blue as I think the greater the contrast between the thread and the fabric the better. If it’s of a similar colour then it blends in and you can’t always see it.
I just do a simple running stitch but you could use a blanket stitch if you’d prefer.
Here’s the name all stitched. If you don’t have any heat and bond you can just stitch the letters to the bag. Felt is a great material to make letters from as it doesn’t fray and is easy to work with.
Now fold the bag in half ready to sew – make sure that the name is on the inside of the bag.
Pin the bag in place.
Here’s the other side.
Now sew the edges together. Make sure you don’t sew up the gap for the drawstring to go in!
Zig zag stitch the edges especially the bottom edge so it doesn’t fray then snip any lose threads.
Turn your bag the right way round. Now to put the ribbon in…
I use a pair of blunt nose long tweezers I found in a medical pack. I push the ribbon right to the bottom and it hold fast while I push the tweezers through the channel. You can use a safety pin which works just as well if you don’t have these tweezers.
Push the ribbon through the channel
Cut the 2 ends just a little longer than the bag and then tie them in a knot.
You’ve finished your bag!