This drawstring bag has a chicken leg applique! Yes, a chicken leg. This bag is my meat bag for the grocery store. I try to be "green" and take my own repurposed t-shirt bags to the grocery store. But whenever I buy meats or a chicken, the clerks always want to revert back to a plastic bag because of the mess. This durable, denim bag is especially designed for messy chicken.
I got the idea for this craft from these directions. I used a leg from a pair of very wide leg denim jeans. I left plenty of length to hold a whole chicken and to create a casing for the drawstring.
From another leg (actually from another pair of jeans in a slightly thicker denim), I made a bottom for the bag. This was a bit tricky to get the size right. I held the pant leg up above a tape measure to estimate the diameter of the opening. I then used a plate to trace a circle on my fabric. I cut it out and started pinning it along the wide bottom of the pant leg. When my circle didn't match perfectly, I trimmed it. That resulted in a somewhat oval bottom, but this drawstring bag is very forgiving. It doesn't have to be perfect. (The chicken won't mind.)
Then I added a chicken leg applique. You can customize the design with other appliques, patches, fabric paint, trims, etc.
I ironed down a generous casing, leaving my raw edges on the outside and showing the wrong side of the denim for a bit of visual contrast. You can make it in the typical way, folding the casing inside the bag. Make two button holes in the casing, one on either side. Then sew down the casing.
Insert two ties, each circling the top of the bag in a different direction so that when you pull on both sides together, the bag cinches neatly. I used some scrap upholstery fabric I found at a thrift store for my ties. That same fabric became the chicken leg applique.
The drawstring bag can be used for lots of things:
- shoe bag
- toiletry bag
- swimsuit and googgles bag
- make up bag
Small pant legs will make small drawstring bags. Wider legs will make bigger bags.