Beaded Bag

If you happened to stop by these past  two weeks, you must have thought I have dropped off the face of the earth.  Though very busy, I have managed to stitch a few things that I would like to share with you.


monogrammed for a bridesmaid


Today I’m showing a feminine drawstring bag.  This is a bride’s gift to her bridesmaid, stuffed with a few precious momentos, reminders of the young ladies’ time together and a matching monogrammed handkerchief.  After the wedding, the bag can hold more handkerchiefs or whatever pretties that need a container.

The fabric is a lovely organza from  The fabric was cut 10″ x 16″.   With a width of 118″ 7  bags can be cut from 1/3 yd. with plenty of room to straighten the fabric edge.

In order to show off the ribbon, ivory French lace beading was used instead of a casing.

The beaded trim was originally  joined to a dark brown twill base.  After it was stitched in place, the taupe colored satin ribbon stitched on top of it.

The same ribbon was used for the drawstring ties.  Thread for the monogram was chosen to match the ribbon.

I love a quick project every now and again.  This same bag could be purposed for so many other uses–bridal showers, birthdays or any gift occasion.  It’s nice to have a simple project to make up in a hurry when the need arises.  Then try stitching a pretty bag like this.





10 responses to “Beaded Bag

  1. Betty Ludwig

    Janice, this is a beautiful bag! And I love the idea that you used beading for your casing, that really dresses the bag. Just Beautiful!

  2. Thanks, Betty. I especially liked the use of beading because it shows more ribbon than a casing. I so love the color of the ribbon. That organza is really pretty stuff, from

  3. from Martha Pullen forum: So pretty – LOVE that Monogram, so dainty.

  4. The monogram is one of the on-board (built in) fonts on Brother’s economy model sewing/combo machine SM650. This is a good, basic machine with some very nice features.

  5. from Maartha Pullen forunm: very pretty:)

  6. from Martha Pullen forum: Lovely!

  7. from Martha Pullen forum: What a fantastic bag that’s sure to be treasured by the recipients!

  8. from Martha Pullen forum: I love your pretty bag – where did the monogram letters come from please?? and did you use the bridesmaid’s initials or the Bride and groom – just wondering what would be appropriate for a gift from the bride… I am guessing that if you used B&G you could add date of wedding otherwise the bridesmaid’s initials. Can we see the hanky you made??

  9. The monogram is a built in font on Brother’s SM650. The initials were those of the bridesmaid. I did not make a handkerchief, just suggested that this might be an item to include. The 60″ wide “tunis organza” from was a lovely fabric to work with.

  10. from Martha Pullen forum: Janice, just read your Blog. I really have to check the Built-in Alphabets on my machines.
    We retired a couple of years ago and sold off my 6 needle and a couple of other machines but I kept my 4000D and 6700D, I hope they have something similar to this Alphabet
    it is so gorgeous. Many thanks Dee

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.