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Back in the baby, toddler and preschooler days, I use to carry along my knitting inside my diaper bag, or my large purse that was acting like a diaper bag, or the back pack I was carrying for the outing we were going on that day.
I found that with all that transferring from bag to bag, my knitting was getting tangled and often grabbed by the little ones I was towing along with me whom pulled it off the needles with big grins on their faces (lets face it unraveling is fun for a toddler).
In desperation I grabbed a cloth drawstring bag that had come free with some clothes I had ordered and placed my knitting in it. I then placed the drawstring bag in whatever bag I was carrying for the day. I found it worked quite well. I soon had other knitting moms envying my bag.
Cruising the Walmart clearance aisle one day I found large printed bandannas marked down from $1 to .50 cents. With their finished edges and pretty prints my creative mind started whirling and my knitting on the go bags were born.
To prove to you how simple these are to make, I enlisted my 9 year old daughter Courtney to make one alongside with me.
You will need one $1 bandanna, a small amount of thread, a sewing machine, and a piece of ribbon or string.
1.First you need to iron the bandanna flat.
2. Fold over what will become the top edge of your bag just enough for your ribbon to go through easily. I used the blue edging design as my guide.
3. Fold your bag in half with the casing seam for the ribbon facing you.Iron it once more.
4.Thread your machine, unfold your bag and sew along the top edge that you ironed down to hold your ribbon.
5. Now refold your bag in half and sew along the bottom and side of the bag.
6. Make sure to stop your side seam right where the casing for the ribbon begins. Have the needle go back and forth a few times to reinforce the seam.
7. Turn your bag right side out. Now you are ready for the ribbon. Cut it approximately 3 times the width of your finished bag so you have plenty left to hang out the edges. I like to pin a safety pin on the edge of my ribbon to make it easier to thread through the casing.
Using the safety pin trick made it super easy for my 9 year old to get her own ribbon in.
8. Use your fingers to tie a knot in the ribbon about one inch away from the bag.
With you knot tied your bag is complete
Here is Courtney’s. She doesn’t knit (yet), so she decided to use her’s to carry her bible and notebook in for church.
These bags could also be used as a green alternative to gift bags. I am sure that one could think of many other uses for them as well.
How about you? Have you ever been creatively inspired by a clearance find?
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