Monday 4 March 2013

Kite Bag...

I made this kite bag last year, for Christmas. It's a simple, unlined, drawstring bag that was so quick and easy to make. Recently I borrowed the bag back to take these photos, as I ran out of time when I was making it. I would have loved to have done a tutorial, but in my mad rush sewing for Christmas, there was no time for taking photos along the way.

This is the kite that the bag was made to fit. I had the measurements of the kite, but not the actual kite, when I was sewing. The kite is 90cm tall x 25cm around and the winder is 12cm x 9cm x 2cm.

The strap is made from two pieces of fabric 5cm x 105cm, the same way as the Little Shopper Tote. The strap works well, but I could have made it a little shorter.

The bag is made in two sections. The bottom half is made with two pieces of fabric: 17cm x 85cm.
  • With right sides together, sew the side seams and the bottom seam, using a French seam.
  • Make boxed corners the same way as in the Fabric Basket. (I can't remember how wide I made the boxed corner, but it needs to be at least as wide as the strap.)
  • Insert one end of the strap into one of the boxed corners before it is sewn.

The top section of the bag is made with two pieces of fabric: 17cm x 15cm.
  • With right sides together, sew one side, using a French seam.
  • Turn a hem on either of the two edges on the other side.
  • Join the top and bottom sections and neaten.
  • Topstitch.
  • Fold over the top of the strap and join to the top section of the bag where it joins the bottom section.
  • Sew a cross to securely attach the strap.
If the top and the bottom don't fit exactly, the top of the strap will hide this.

Hem the top edge and feed a cord through to use as a drawstring.

It's a bit hard to see what this photo is, but it's the winder sitting in a pocket inside the bag. The pocket was made before the bag was sewn.

That's all there is to it. 

I'll be adding the kite bag to the Drawstring Bags and Fabric Baskets link party.

How to easily make a drawstring kite bag. Tutorial at Threading My Way

... Pam


  1. No wind here for kites today Pam, but I think that is about to change if the forecast is to be believed!

  2. Much nicer than the plastic bags that a lot of kites come in that always end up ripping and falling apart!:)

  3. Very clever, Pam! I would never have thought of sewing a bag for a kite. But then the only kite I have is homemade and won't collapse.

  4. Wow Pam that is great ,
    i don`t carry kites , but i do have to carry rolled up fiberart!! thus i made a special elongated bag for that , with a set of shoulder straps as well as a hand strap ,,,

  5. That's really nice, Pam! You do such lovely work. I wonder if you could adjust the sizes to make it a yoga/exercise mat bag. Thanks for sharing at A New Creation link party.

  6. That is a wonderful idea! Sounds like a wise idea if we spend more money on kites this year! Thanks for sharing!

  7. I saw the title of this link and had to come and see! A kite bag! Fabulous!! Pretty fabric!
    We have a kite on top of our cupboard that we've had for 4 years and still have never flown it! Time to get it down!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  8. My dad LOVES kites and has multiple kites. I should make him one of these!
    thanks for linking up!

  9. What a coincedence, we are planning to make a kite today, so we could use a bag like this!

    p.s. Found you via serenity saturday


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