Thanks to Family Christian Stores for sponsoring today’s Appreciation Certificate giveaway!
I can’t believe school starts back in less than a month! Eek! I’m not ready, and I bet my little one isn’t either. I never liked the first day of school, but I did like buying school supplies. I don’t know what it is, but I still like buying school supplies. I like the smell of new pencils and writing in a fresh notebook for the first time. Even though I’m far from school age, I’m still crushing over these adorable Live Original notebooks from Sadie Robertson and DaySpring. Sold at Family Christian Stores, the notebooks have the most trendy patterns AND inspirational faith sayings. To accompany my new notebook purchases, I made this Faux Leather Bottom Drawstring Bag. I’m sharing the tutorial today, as well as a $25 Family Christian Stores Appreciation Certificate giveaway!
Supplies for the bag:
- Sewing machine
- 4 feet of paracord
- (2) pieces of 16×4 faux leather material
- (2) pieces of 16×14.25 cotton
With right sides together, sew one piece of the faux leather to the cotton, short sides together. This is now the bottom of the bag. Repeat with the other two pieces.
On the wrong side, mark a line 2″ down and 3.5″ down from the top of the material. Do this one each side with both pieces of material.
With right sides together, sew the front and back together, leaving an opening between the two marks.
Press open the seam.
On the outside, sew around the opening to create an obvious hole. This will be for the drawstring.
Fold down the top along the 2″ mark. Topstitch close to the edge. Fold under the raw edge. Stitch close to the fold.
Turn the bag right side out. Using 2 feet of the paracord and a safety pin, thread the paracord through one of the holes to exit the hole on the other side. Repeat with the last two feet, starting with the other hole.
Pull the paracord to the bottom and pin. Do this on both sides. Turn the bag right sides together. Sew the bottom closed. Turn the bag right side out.
Play around with the fabric dimensions to create a larger bag if you wish. The bag can go inside a bookbag to keep certain items separate or easier to find.
The Sadie Robertson Live Original notebook line goes perfectly in this bag.
These are my two favorite pieces. I’ve started using the planner for myself! I like the colors and style. I don’t have to be a teenager to use these, right?
Here’s a sneak peek inside of the planner. It has many of the aspects that I like in my planners without the high dollar price tag. AND it has Bible verses inside. What’s not to love?
These items can be found in a special display at your local Family Christian Stores.
Want a little spending money for your back to school shopping trip? Enter below to enter to win a $25 Family Christian Stores Appreciation Certificate!
Giveaway ends June 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Open to Residents of the US only. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Prizes will be delivered via mail. Winner will be selected randomly and be notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. This giveaway is sponsored by Family Christian Stores. The $25 Appreciation Certificate will be delivered by Family Christian Stores. My opinions are my own and were not influenced by any form of compensation. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to me and me alone. I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner.
My favorite school supply is a cute new notebook, but honestly, I love all school supplies!
Amy C. says
I love Ultra-Fine Sharpies in a rainbow of colors!
Lilia Kharabora says
Definitely fresh notebooks and pens 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!
I always loved buying new notebooks. 🙂
Jessica Beard says
I love colorful planners.
Sarah Cool says
cute notebooks! And Pens, I love gel pens
Shelley C says
I like all the different colored hi liters.
my favorite is cute notebooks and folders
Leah Shumack says
New notebooks, crayons, pens and pencils! I even grab some extra for me at the house during school shopping too!
Taryn T. says
I am definitely a school supply nerd! I love a new box of crayons, the sharp points, the smell….. The 24 pack is my favorite.
Growing up, I always liked picking out a new backpack. With my kids, I love handing over a fresh box of crayons and seeing what they will draw.
Tammy Woodall says
Our favorite school supply is a great backpack.
Fiona N says
My favorite school supplies are pencils and notebooks!
Shaylin Struckhoff says
Cute pencils and pens!
I always like to get pencils!
pretty binders with different designs on them
I loved picking out new folders! Nowadays, I get excited for Sharpies to go on sale!
Pam C. says
Well it may sound silly, but I love new composition books. There’s just something about starting a new project, class, etc.
shea balentine says
markers and coloring pencils.. I love trying to find the biggest packs I can with the most colors! =)
My favorite school supply is different colored pens and pencils.
jessica hager says
Notebooks and ink pens.
A big box of new crayons.
Carri Moore says
I love Notebooks and pens!
stacey grantham says
I love Ticonderoga pencils, and the smell of a new backpack..memories.
Angela Saver says
My favorite school supply is a cute planner!