I recently had a large number of samples that were approx. 15inch x 16inch, This is a rather large size for a sample so there is probably a lot of thing that can be made out of it. So what have I made out of these samples. My first priority is always ‘how can I use these samples to help the community, so that will always be where my first ideas for these fabrics.
Toiletry bags with a draw sting are a great use for this size sample. We are always able to use the more solid types of fabric in this size for toiletry bags. These are needed by groups such as Caboolture Community Action Group, Who assist the homeless in our area.
Caboolture Hospital Mental Health, for patients who arrive under emergency situations.
Connected Volunteers, who make up care packages for disaster relief such as floods and fires. We have sent many blanket, clothes and toiletry bags to Tasmania and NSW bushfires through these guys. If you want to get a warm blanket rather than money to people in disaster areas Connected Volunteers are the ones to see.
I recently had some beautiful floral fabrics in this size, so made the toiletry bags and gave them to group that assists women struggling with drug addiction.
Here are the instructions
Your will need:
cord to use as a drawstring
If you use pins then pin your 2 samples with right sides together and sew around 3 sides. you might want to neaten around any edges that are not crimped to avoid fraying.
Fold over a generous 2inch hem at the top to make a casing.
Using the quick unpick, slit the stitches on the outside of the side seam. (DO NOT SLIT THE 2 ROWS OF CASING STITCHES, ONLY THE SIDE SEAM STITCHES INBETWEEN) This will give you the opening to thread your cord through.
Thread your cord through the casing and tied the ends together.
This bag is big enough to carry full sized shampoo bottles, so you won’t be short on space.
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