July Specialty Project - Drawstring Board Game Bag

Posted by Olivia Alaniz on

- Designed and Written by Aubrey Westphal of @popandpeaches

    Scraps left over from your Lemon Blossom Mystery Quilt? This is a cute little summer project that was designed with those scraps in mind. This is a nice mash-up or some would like to call two-for-one. Even if you don’t intend to use it for board game purposes, it is a cute little bag to have.


    1. Fabric scraps 

    • See Step 1 to see what sizes you will need

    2. String or ribbon

    3. Game pieces (12 of 2 different colors each)

    Step 1: Making Lemonade out of Lemons (aka cutting our scraps)

    Key: Main Fabric; Background Fabric

    Depending on your cutting, you will potentially have:

      • (12) 2” x 18” strips from your (16) fat quarters

      • Background fabric

        • (1) 2” x 5”

        • (1) 3.5” x 21”

        • (1) 11.5 x WOF

      *for WOF we are assuming 42”

      Please don’t worry if you don’t have these sizes or ended up using some of them during a miss cut when making the mystery quilt. Use what you can and dig into your scrap bin for any pieces you may need to fill in.

      The Cuts You Need

      From your fat quarters, you will need:


      • (32) 2” square pieces. I am using 4 different colors (8 squares each) to get the (32) squares. Feel free to mix and match as you like! You just need contrast from your background fabric.


      • (6) 1” by 3.5” 

      • (2) 1” by 10.5”

      From your background fabric, you will need:

      (Before cutting, please read through so that you can get the most out of your scraps if you are choosing to use them!)


      • (32) 2” squares
      • (1) 15.5” x 3”
      • (1) 15.5” x 2”
      • (2) 12.5” x 2”


        • (9) 3.5” squares
        • (1) 15.5” x 5”
        • (1) 15.5” x 2”
        • (2) 10.5” x 3”


          • (2) 15.5” x 14.5”

          The above list is the total pieces. Listed below are those same cuts (except the lining as this will need to be cut from additional fabric) but if you are trying to get the most out of your Lemon Blossom scraps and how to cut them:

          • (1) 2” x 5”
            • Cut (2) 2” squares from this piece
          • (1) 3.5” x 21”
            • Cut (6) 3.5” squares from this piece
          • (1) 13.5 x WOF
            • Using the diagram as shown below cut the following:
              • A: (1) 15.5” x 3”
              • B: (2) 15.5” x 2”
              • C: (1) 15.5” x 5”
              • D: (2) 10.5” x 3”
              • E: (2) 12.5” x 2”
              • F: (3) 3.5” square
              • G: (31) 2” squares


          Step 2: Piecing the Checkboard

          Take the (32) main fabric squares and the (32) background squares. Sew one main fabric to a background fabric until you get through all (32) sets.

          I recommend pressing the seams to the side of the darker fabric (2nd photo) . This will make it so you can nest your seams when sewing them all together (3rd photo). If nesting your seams is stressing you out then just press all your seams open! It will work and look great no matter how you accomplish it!


          Next sew these rectangles together to make a square as shown. You will want to keep pressing everything in the same direction to make it easier when nesting your seams. In this case I made it so all my blocks had the main fabric in the top left and bottom right of the square as shown below and kept this consistent with my other blocks.

          Once sewn together, again press seams so they are all going the same direction for each block. You will end up rotating half of the blocks 180 degrees in order to nest the seams with the other blocks.

          We will keep this snowball effect of sewing each block together until we get the final checkerboard.

          Please reference the 4th photo for how I pressed my seams so that you can nest them together and get those points matching up!



          Step 3: Tic-Tac-Toe

          Sew your 3 rows together. Each row will have (3) 3.5” squares with a 3.5” x 1” in between each square. Then complete the block by sewing a 1” x 10.5” piece in between each row.


          Step 4: Sashing


          Sew the (2) 2” x 12.5” to the sides of your checkerboard (1st and 2nd photo) and then sew the 3” x 15.5” to the top and the 2” x 15.5" to the bottom (3rd and 4th photo). Set this block to the side.




          Sew your (2) 3” x 10.5” to the sides of your tic-tac-toe board (1st and 2nd photo) and then sew the 5” x 15.5” to the top and the 2” x 15.5” to the bottom (3rd and 4th photo).



          Step 5: Sew The Boards Together

          With the right sides together, line up the blocks. Remember that the 2” x 15.5” piece that was just attached is the bottom piece and will need to be lined up together. From the top of the blocks, measure on both sides 2.25” down and mark. Please be aware that the block is turned in the two images and so the top is on the right side.


          Sew from that mark down the side, across the bottom, and up the other side to the next mark. This leaves the top and the 2.25” on both sides not sewn together.

          Step 6: Creating The Tube

          After the blocks have been sewn together, cut a .5” slit at the 2.25” marks on both sides.

          This will be the start of creating the tube for the drawstring. Now turn it right sides out (I did press it to make it easier).

          Fold down the top piece all the way down to the slit, then fold in the sides as far as the slit will allow.


          After pressing this piece down, fold it in half by bringing the bottom up to the fold you just created (1st and 2nd photo). This will give an accordion effect (3rd photo).


          You will repeat this to the other side. You can either pin or clip this in place, as it will be sewn when we add the liner.

          Step 7: Making The Liner

          Take the two 15.5” (width) by 14.5” (height) blocks and sew the two sides and bottom together; make sure to leave a hole at the bottom at least 3 inches wide. Also, do not sew the top.

          Now take the outer piece and place it inside the liner pieces (1st photo), so that the right sides are together (2nd photo). Either clip or pin together with the seams on the sides lined up. Stitch a ¼” around the opening of the bag (3rd photo). Be sure that your soon to be tubing is tucked inside but will be sewn when making that quarter inch stitch. It should line up to the edge with everything else as shown in the 2nd photo.


          Step 8: Inside Out

          Using the hole that was left open at the bottom of the liner, carefully pull the outer through (1st photo) until it is completely turned right sides out, including the liner (2nd photo).


          Then stitch that bottom hole shut.

          You can do this either with the machine or by hand. Now tuck the liner inside the bag and your bag is complete!


          Step 9: We Aren't Done Yet (The String)

          We are almost there! Cut your ribbon or string (2) 40” pieces.


          At the end of one, attach a safety pin to make it easier to thread through your drawstring tube. You will be starting at one side and going completely all the way around and ending at the same place you started (2nd photo).


          Now take your second string and start on the other side and complete the same process of threading it through and going all the way around so it ends up on the same side you started.

          I knotted the two ends together on both sides and now you can cinch it up! And NOW you are done! All that is left to do is to pack it up and enjoy it at your next outing or picnic.

          Take your game pieces and put them inside, might as well add a snack and a book while you are at it and take it with you wherever you go so that you always have something to do.

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