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March is National Crafting Month and I’ve gotten in to the spirit.  For a long time I’ve been admiring those cute drawstring project bags you find online and on etsy. I’m not very good at sewing, but I found this awesome tutorial on how to make a lined drawstring bag by Chica and Jo. It looked simple enough, and it only required being able to sew straight lines (that I can do), so I gave it a go.

I picked out two fabric prints at Joanns and matching fabric for the lining (1/2 yard of each fabric) and decided to use cotton yarn I had (Coats Creme de la Creme) for the drawstrings. I pre-washed the fabric (it’s all 100% cotton) and called my friend Nicole (ok, it was really a tweet),  who came over to give me moral support. I am so thrilled with the outcome! I’m definitely an amateur sewer (if sewing twice a  year can even count as amateur), but the bags look really cute. I managed to make 4 bags. 2 with a fruit print and yellow lining and 2 with a coffee cup print and off white lining. I’m keeping one of each print. Nicole is getting a fruit print bag for keeping me company while I worked and helping to hold down the cereal box I used as a template. But that leaves one extra bag….

Since it’s National Crafting Month, I want to share the crafting love. Post a comment here by 10pm EST on Monday, March 7th, telling me what you’d use the bag for (it’s about 9.5 inches wide by 10 inches tall). I’ll randomly choose a winner, and send the bag!

The comment form asks for an e-mail address. No one but me will be able to see it, and that’s how I’ll contact you if you win. I’ll also edit this post Monday night with the name of the winner. Oh, and make sure you stop back on Tuesday, March 8th, I’ve got another giveaway planned 🙂