During Independent Work Time some of the kids made origami beasts (and then tried to sell them to each other), some drew, and our kid made a tiny paper packet that held little paper fortunes. She called it the Bag of DOOM.
Despite the ominous name, or perhaps because of it, all the kids wanted to choose a message from the tiny, ripped paper folder. Even the teacher picked from it three times (probably to erase the time she chose the barf message above). As the child relayed all this to me in the car ride home, I thought it would be funny to sew a Bag of DOOM (you have to accentuate DOOM like something is really crazy is going to come down).
The 10-year-old chose the fabric, ironed and sewed this (on the machine, with my oversight). It’s not lined, so the side and bottom seams are finished with French seams. If you aren’t familiar with the term, it’s a fancy way of saying that the raw edge is enclosed in the seam.
With the right side facing out, our child sewed the side and bottom of the bag with 1/4″ seam allowance. I cut the finished sides down by about half, then we turned the bag wrong side out and ironed it. After sewing the bottom of the bag and side again with a 1/4″ seam allowance, the raw seam becomes encased and won’t fray. Try this on a leftover piece of fabric and change your sewing world. Instructions from Craftsy right here.
To sew an easy bag, see this easy drawstring bag with Brett Bara here. All we did was add French seams for durability (from DOOM). The cord comes out of the inside, so use something smooth like a silky ribbon, and in our case, we moved the opening to the side instead of the center. Don’t like that? Here are a few other tutorials from SewMamaSew.
After making the bag, she had everyone submit messages to pull out at random: “A closed mouth gathers no feet,” “You’re one of a kind!” “A doughnut is coming your way!” and “Better to remain silent and thought a fool than speak and remove all doubt.” The rest are all about bodily functions because, well, she’s still ten.