Friday, September 30, 2016

Free Friday: Gingham String Bag

This week's pattern matches last week's, the Gingham Needle Book.  It's in some pretty teal shades so you can see that you can make your gingham in just about any color to match your fancies! 

In case you don't know, a string bag is a neat little receptacle for snips and strings you collect while you're crafting.  It keeps your lap/couch/desk/lap cat from getting covered in little strings.  It's very handy!  Like the needle book, it's something you don't really know you need until you have one.  My hubby loves the one I keep next to the couch, because he can throw his pistachio shells in there and not have to get up (yes, he's quite lazy).  

By the way, this also works well for a pencil/scissor/rotary cutter holder as well.  I have three sitting on my sewing desk; one for strings, one for pencils, and one for cutting tools.  Technically you could just use an empty can (this is just a pattern for a covered can, after all), but this is so much prettier! 

Gingham String Bag 

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  • 1 sheet 7-count plastic canvas 
  • Red Heart Super Saver yarn in colors in key 
  • 20 oz metal can (such as from a can of pineapple) 
  • Craft glue 
  • #16 plastic canvas needle


  1. Cut plastic canvas according to graph. 
  2. Without stitching on red sections, stitch plastic canvas according to graph. 
  3. With right side of piece facing out, overlap the two short ends, overlapping red sections on the graph.  Add the remaining stitches, which will stitch the two ends together and leave you with a circle. 
  4. Thoroughly clean and dry the metal can.  If it was a pop top type can, use a can opener to remove the inside lip.  Slip the plastic canvas circle over the can; carefully squeeze a small amount of glue between the can and plastic canvas around both ends.  Let dry fully.

Click on the graph above to see it larger.  You may share this pattern however you please as long as you don't alter it or claim it as your own.  You may sell items created from this pattern.  However, you may not sell this pattern.

I have several other patterns planned for this sewing set, but next week I'm going to take a break so I can post a cool Halloween pattern!  Stay tuned!

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