It took me a couple tries to get the shape just the way that I wanted it, but I did it!
I sewed up a little drawstring bag that I think is just as cute as our inspiration photo:
I spent so much time looking at all the little details in this photo!
The inspiration bags look like they are tied with woven strings kind of like shoelaces. I will get some for my final bags, but in the meantime, one of you suggested leather ties and I love that idea! I think these turned out really pretty.
And I found out that leather ties are surprisingly strong! I could pull on them really hard without a problem. I found this thin leather cording at Michaels in the jewelry section.
I just happened to have some pony beads in my stash too.
I made an easy false bottom for it, like I said I would. I think this makes all the difference in a soft bag like this. Without it, there would be very little structure. So unless you are planning to make this to carry a bento box (which the inspiration bags undoubtedly are for), then I recommend it.
I also used my serger to finish the seams. If you don't have a serger you can use a zig zag stitch.
These would be so cute and fun to use for gift bags, travel organizers, lunch carriers, lingerie bags, and more!
Let me know in the comments what you will use yours for.
I need to sew at least 1 more little 2 fabric drawstring bag before I can write the tutorial, but you can expect it very soon.
If you want to get started now, start making false bag bottoms that are 6'' x 8'' - those are the dimensions of my bag bottom.
In the meantime, did you try the Cork Card Wallet tutorial yet? This was our runner-up U-Pick project, but I made it anyway because I love sewing with cork.
Lots of you are saying you tried it for your first time using cork - and you love it. Yay, so glad!