Thursday 3 December 2015

A Finish- Patchwork cake themed drawstring bag!

There has been lots going on and lots of makes in progress in my corner of the world these past few weeks.  One of them is this little gift bag.

A very good friend of mine is getting married next January and we had a weekend away in Cork for her hen party.  One of the activities, was for each person to make or prepare something for the Hen that would prompt her to guess who made it and remind her of a story, or funny thing about her.  This was a great success and we had a box filled with train timetables, a map of Paris, CD of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, photos etc. 

Our Hen loves to make cakes and has great fun decorating them.  I made her a drawstring bag so she can put some of her cake decorating bits and bobs in.  For the dinner activity I put a packet of chocolate digestives in the bag!  Not for dessert mind you which was lovely,  they were to remind her that before she became the master cake decorator that she is today, without fail for every party, she made chocolate biscuit cake.  Scrummy!

This was my first time making a drawstring bag and I have to say it wasn't that hard!  I didn't take enough photos as I was going along (concentrating too hard and in a bit of a rush!) for a full tutorial but I hope to write it up as a downloadable pattern over the Christmas.  It was fun and I would definitely make more of these.

For now, here is the design  and the piece parts to make up the front of the bag!  The cake section is 6.5" x 9" unfinished and 13" x 13" total size front and back so not too big and something easily made from scraps and fat quarters.  I think this would be really cute for Christmas with a penguin or a Rudolph on it!


  1. The bag is super cute, Ruth, and it sounds like you all had a great time together over the weekend! :)

  2. It sounds like you had a great time. I like the idea of gifts as a reminder of something. Great bag.

  3. what a grand idea. Good job and thank you for the directions, so well written and illustrated.

  4. Love this! What a great bag :) it would come in handy for wrapping gifts for kids birthday parties too!

  5. This is such a clever idea - I am going to pinch it for my son's girlfriend!

  6. Oh my Ruth - that bag for cake decorating supplies is so brilliant Ruth! The perfect gift! I really appreciate your writing out your instructions too.

  7. What a cute idea for a bride. I bet she will get a lot of use out of that bag.
    I am getting a sense of scale form the measurements! Tiny!
    Lloyd Cole - now there is a flashback!

  8. Perfect gift for a cake decorator! Thanks so much for the directions, Ruth!


  9. Brilliant idea Ruth, it sounds like it was a great success too!


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