I made this patchwork drawstring goody bag over the weekend after being inspired by the flag my daughter brought back from her school!!! Happy Birthday, Malaysia!!! 53rd Anniversary since Malaysia commemorating the independence of the Federation of Malaya from British colonial rule, celebrated on today August 31. Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!!!!
I used 4 colors for the border on the drawstring goody bag which are also the colors of the Malaysian flag, red, yellow, blue and white.
The centerpiece is an applique of hibiscus, our national flower. You can make this for your own country, just replace the color combination of the squares and change the applique to something represent your country. For example:
USA – Red, blue and white for the border, some stars or an eagle head with red-white stripes background for the centerpiece.
Canada – Red and white colors for the border with a red maple leave as the applique.
Japan – Red and white colors for the border with a red circle for the applique.
or something for an occasion, for example:
Halloween – Orange and green border with a pumpkin applique
Christmas – Red, and Green with a Christmas tree applique
The design of the drawstring goody bag can be unlimited…..
Drawstring Goody Bag Sewing Pattern
Finished size: 5″ x 8″
Seam allowance (1/4″) is included.
Each finished square at the border is 1″ x 1″
Follow the tutorial below on how to sew a goody bag
1. 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ for the back (red/1) and lining (beige/2)
2. 3 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ center piece (white with a hibiscus applique on/1)
3. 5 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ upper piece (beige/1)
4. 4 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (red/1, yellow/1, blue/1, white/1)
5. 3″ x 1 1/2″ (red/1, yellow/1, blue/1)
6. 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ (white/2)
7. Cord or ribbon or soft twill tape, 20″ (not in the photo)
With right side facing each other, pin each edge of the centerpiece (2) with its corresponding border, start sewing from 2nd square to the 2nd last square of the border, which mean there will be 1/4″ from the edge unsew.
Complete all 4 edges.
With right side facing each other, sew lining (1/beige) and leave an opening of about 1 1/2″ for turning.
Slip the front bag into the lining with right side facing each other.
Sew around the top edge.
Here it is….. just put the goody treats in the bag and pull the cord!!!! The goody bag is ready to be given away!!!
What did I put inside the goody bag? They are Heart Shaped Chocolates in it and I have included a recipe in here too!