Fig. 2. - Sewing Outfit

I, Sewing bag; II, bottom of sewing bag, with divisions marked; III, needle book: IV, spool holder; V, top part of spool holder; VI, pin cushion.

A, Turned hem; B, casing; C, hem; D, folded over part and divisions for pockets.

Required Material

1 piece of material 14" by 36", 2 pieces of material 5" by 5", 2 pieces of cardboard 4" by 4" in diameter, 2 yards of cord or ribbon, 1 spool of cotton or silk thread, 1 skein of embroidery cotton, sewing needle No. 9, bodkin, fine steel pins.

To Make the Bag

1.  Cut a piece of material 14" by 36".

2.  If there is a selvage on the sides turn the material only once; if there is a cut edge, turn the material 1/2" and fold this over 1/4". The raw edge may extend a little beyond the turned edge.

3.  Join together with an overhanding seam.

4.  Press the seam open and cut away the raw edges, if any, from under the turn.

5.  Turn, pin or baste a 1/2" hem on the lower cut end of the material and stitch this by machine, or finish with either a hemming or a fancy stitch.

6.  Fold over 1 3/4" for the upper hem; crease this well.

7.  Put in a basting thread 1" below the folded edge.

8.  Leave 1/2" space below the basting or 1 1/2" from the folded edge of the hem.

9. Measure 7 1/2" down from the top. Turn the material wrong side out and baste down.

10.  Divide the bag into halves with colored thread, then into four, and then into eight parts.

11.  Stitch by machine or work over these divisions with a running or fancy stitch, to form the inside pockets.

12.  Gather by machine, or run two rows of very fine stitches 1/8" apart at the lowest edge.

13.  For the bottom, cut two round pieces of cardboard 4" by 4" in diameter. Cut the material 1" larger than the cardboard and make a fine running stitch around the edge.

14.  Draw the thread up a little and insert the cardboard; then draw the thread so that the material fits over the cardboard tightly and smoothly, holding it in place by criss-crossing several threads.

15.  Make both the bottom pieces in the same way and join or baste them together.

16.  Divide the bottom edge into eight sections with colored thread.

17.  Pin the sections of the bottom to the sections of the bag; draw up these threads and overhand the top to the bottom.

18.  Take out a few stitches in the casing of the hem of the seam and opposite this make an eyelet. Two cords should be used. These should be drawn through in opposite directions. (See Fig. 1 A, Fig. 2 I, VI.)

Teacher's Directions To Pupil

1.  Cut the bag.

2.  Make a 1/4" turn along the cut edge. Crease or pull a thread.

3.  For the hem and the casing measure 1 1/2" from the turned edge.

4.  For the casing measure 1" from the turned edge. Crease or pull a thread.

5.  Overhand the selvages together.

6.  Pin the hem down and run one shirring thread for the casing.

7.  Make the hem.

8.  Make a l/2" hem on the other side of the bag. Hem this by hand or stitch it by machine.

9.  Measure 5" from this hem for the pockets. Crease this firmly or draw a thread.

10.  Divide the bag into eight parts. Mark these divisions with a colored thread.

11.  Run two gathering threads 1/8" apart very close to the bottom edge. These gathering threads may be put in by machine.

12.  Prepare the two parts for the bottom of the bag.

13.  Divide each part into eight sections. Where the parts are divided into sections sew them together with an overhand stitch.

14.  Pin the sections of the bag to the sections of the bottom.

15.  Draw up the gathering thread of the bag to fit the bottom of the bag.

16.  Sew the upper part of the bag to the bottom with an overhand stitch.

17.  Make a running or a fancy stitch over the divisions in the bag, or stitch these by machine.

18.  Make two cords for the bag.

19.  Run the cords in the casing of the bag.

20.  Finish the cords with a knot or tassel.


1.  What material has been used for making the bag?

2.  What other material could be used ?

3.  Name the different kinds of bags and their uses.

4.  What material is used in the different types ?

5.  What bags are especially used at the present time ? Why ?

6.  What stitches were used in the making of the bag?

7.  What seams were used in the making of the bag?