If your new years resolution is to get into shape, maybe having a cute bag to tote to the gym will make it a little easier and more enjoyable.
½ yard outer fabric
½ yard lining fabric
1 yard light weight iron interfacing (Stacy)
4 yards of cording. 9/32 is recommended
**All seams are ½ inch unless specified differently**
Cut a 40 inch by 14 inch piece on the fold from both the outer and lining fabrics.
Cut 2 4 x 14 inch pieces from the outer fabric. These will be your casings for the drawstring.
Cut interfacing to 36x14 and iron to the wrong side of the outer fabric. Center the interfacing. This allows for easier gathering.
Turn right side out and iron.
With the two casing piece fold the short ends in ½ inch and press.
Push the lining down in and press. Make sure to press the casing up.
Cut two 2 yard pieces of cording. Burn the ends with a lighter so it doesn’t fray
Take the loose cording ends and slip about ¾ inch of them into the 1 inch hole in the bottom of your outer bad ***I told you that hole was important****
Edge stitch in order to close the hole and secure the cording.
Pull the drawstring and you are done!!!!!