Next up in my collection of FREE sewing patterns is my Stuff Sack pattern, which is a drawstring bag with a flat bottom. The pattern prints as a 4-page PDF with circle templates if needed.
I was originally inspired to make my own Stuff Sacks several years ago because when I was inspired by the stuff sacks used by campers and backpackers to keep stuff organized in a backpack. I use one stuff sack to save pinecones, acorns, feathers and other trail treasures, and another one to store my acrylic paints – 14 bottles. I use another one for a lunch bag. You could use one for your knitting or embroidery project. The possibilities are endless!
Note: Because I create with human hands, my cutting is never perfect. My sewing is never perfectly straight. My circles aren’t perfectly symmetrical or even. And I always have threads to trim. Please forgive me for that ;) This is just a fun project I was excited to share. I’m sure there are many ways to make this; I’m just sharing my concept and process here.
- Cut Outer fabric according to measurements above.
- Cut Lining fabric 1″ higher than Outer fabric measurements above.
- Cut Flannel fabric the same size as Outer fabric, according to measurements above.
- Lay Flannel fabric down, place Outer fabric right side up on top of Flannel, matching the longer sides. Place Lining fabric right side down over Outer fabric so that right sides are together. Sew along the long edge, using 1/4 inch seam allowance.
- Open layers and press seams layers toward Lining with Flannel behind it.
- Fold in half with shorter sides right side together, lining up the seam you sewed in step above. Sew to create an open-ended tube, leaving a 3″ opening in the middle of the Lining fabric for turning later.
Attach Piping to Circle Bottom
Change to zipper foot attachment, line up raw edge of piping to raw edge of right side of Outer fabric circle, and sew, guiding the zipper foot directly over the stitching line of the piping.
- Lay Flannel circle down, place wrong side of Outer fabric circle on top of Flannel. Pin these layers to outer end of tube with right sides together. (Hint: lots of pins!) Sew circle to tube, using previous piping stitching line as your sewing guide. (Note: your circle may not fit perfectly in the circumference of the fabric tube. Puckers and gathers add nice puffiness to the base.)
- Pin Lining fabric circle to Lining end of tube with right sides together. Sew inside circle to Lining end of tube.
- Turn tube right side out through the opening you left in step above.
- Slip stitch opening left in Lining fabric closed.
- Tuck Lining back into Outer fabric to create a sack, leaving Lining up about ½” as a contrasting border along top rim. Press.
- Measuring down from top fold to stitch line, stitch in the ditch. Then top-stitch close to fold, which will create a channel for drawstring to slide through.
- Backstitch at side seam and directly above, along the fold. This will reinforce the opening you’re going to tear open in the next step.
- With your seam ripper, tear open a couple stitches (barely one-half inch) at the side seam from your top stitching to stitching at top fold.
- Place safety pin or bodkin onto end of your drawstring or shoelace. Lace through channel. Tie ends in knot or thread through a toggle.
Fill your new stuff sack with your trails treasures, snacks knitting project or art supplies, and off you go!
I added this free Stuff Sack sewing pattern to the tab at the top of my blog called Sewing Patterns. Stay tuned for more FREE patterns coming soon!
PS – If you make this pattern, I would love it if you share a photo of your project in the Flickr group I created. Thank you!