Crafternoon with Zooey D

Are you an unmedicated adult with Attention Deficit Disorder who also LOVES to do crafts? I AM! I barely have the patience to write this opening paragraph (I have already gotten up four times), so I need to focus my unfocused mind on projects that can be completed very quickly. Am I going to knit a scarf? NO! Will I knit a scarf for a bunny? I don’t know. Maybe, if it’s a really small field bunny and I am knitting with giant knitting needles. I recognize I will never complete something that takes any kind of patience (sorry needlepoint) so I decided to focus this blog on crafts I CAN complete.

Today’s crafty craft: A (very simple) drawstring bag

What you will need:

1. A square of fabric. Mine is about a foot and a half each side but I am too lazy to measure it. Plus, it doesn’t REALLY matter. Hopefully the fabric has a cool print because this is a really simple bag.

2. A sewing maching. I have a HELLO KITTY Janome sewing machine. It’s awesome.

3. Thread for the sewing machine. I mean, clearly.

4. Ribbon. This will act as the drawstring.

5. A safety pin. Everyone has one somewhere. I am guessing if you have a sewing machine, you have a safety pin.


1. Hem two parallel sides of the square. In case you don’t know what hemming is: fold a quarter of an inch of fabric over on to the non-printed side, then fold again. Sew it down.

SO INSIDE OUT, IT WILL LOOK LIKE THIS (notice the hemmed edges, friends)

2. Sew the third edge down (fold under if you’re fancy, I am) leaving a tunnel big enough to fit your ribbon, for me about an inch and a half.

3. Fold the material in half between the two hemmed parallel edges, INSIDE OUT, and sew together the raw edges and the hemmed edges. Stop when you get to the aforementioned ribbon pathway.

4. Turn the bag right side in.

5. Attach a safety pin to the ribbon.

6. Feed the ribbon into the ribbon tunnel.

7. Remove safety pin.


Total project time: 15 minutes
Functionality: It will hold approximately 1 child’s shoe, a manicure kit, or a rolled up t-shirt and possibly a pair of tennis socks.

Okay. That’s quite enough.

Zooey Deschanel writes music, sings, and acts on screens, small and big. She is a co-founder of hellogiggles. She is one half of the indie folk band She & Him . She dances too but just for fun. Follow her on twitter and tumblr.

  • Shereen Hussain

    Hi Zooey! Great tip with the safety pin, i’ve always wanted to know how to do that

  • Courtney Szymkiw

    Perfect! I’ve been looking for something to hold exactly one child’s shoe! Haha but for real, cool bag… I might have to try this. :)

  • Sandra Marks Kohlmann

    Too bad my attention span and sewing skills are so lacking that I don’t think I could even finish this project.

  • Marcelle Karp

    Oh Ruby has this sewing machine, we’re gonna try this!

  • Crystal Stewart

    Thats a great idea! I’ll be trying that this weekend!

    • Anonymous

      Real brain power on dislpay. Thanks for that answer!

    • Anonymous

      This has made my day. I wish all pstoigns were this good.

  • The Casey

    A woman can never be “too good” at sewing.

  • Deidre Bowie

    Can’t wait to try this out. Will be my first sewing project and I’m super excited to pick out a funky fabric.

  • Kelly Messer

    Great tutorial Zooey! I absolutely love the fabric you used, that pattern is gorgeous. I’ve got some adorable remnants I picked up years ago that would make great little bags like this. Thanks for the idea!

  • Claudia Bax

    OMG, I LOVE your Hello Kitty sewing Machine. It looks wicked cool! I want one! The one I have, doesn’t even work. I wanted to make a dog collar (martingale) and snuggle sack (which is more or less like this pouch, just, bigger, obviously. Unless your dog is the size of a hamster, than it may work. 😉 ) but the sewing machine didn’t even start up. I bet Hello Kitty has a much better success rate! . Nice narration of the pouch. It reminds me of my marbles bag back in the days. As for getting the ribbon in, yup, safety pin tip is how my mom taught it to me too. It works amazing to get any kind of ribbon or elastics into clothing.

  • Wini Lo

    HELLO KITTY SEWING MACHINE! OMG! i don’t know how to use a sewing machine so all of my sewing projects are done by hand, and thus, NEVER completed because i too, have a very short attention span.

  • Katrin Frick

    Thanks, Zooey! I’m on the same concentration level as you, I hope you’ll keep these projects coming 😀

  • Hayley Grzych

    This is so adorable!! I’m heading out to LA in two day and I think I might have to whip a couple of these up before my trip. So crafty, Zooey!

  • Valerie Yvonne Huerta

    i might make a tiny one for my cell phone. thx!

  • Irene Z Hutton

    If you don’t have the skills or patience with a sewing machine you can always try a glue gun! You are preciously funny!

    • Anonymous

      Real brain power on dislapy. Thanks for that answer!

  • Andrea Carpenter-Heffernan

    The safety pin tip is genius. I love this tutorial. Not only is it easy to follow, but funny as well. Thanks Zooey! <3

    ~Andrea @

  • Gail Robeson Sutherland

    Note to Auntie Zooey: Make a quilt for sister’s baby Bones. A good quilt to make for a baby is a “Rag Quilt” They usually made of flannel and a thin, all cotton batting. Find instructions online. These quilts are durable, comfortable, and easy easy easy to make…or send me an email and I will make it for you. Happy Days, Gail

  • Beth Curry

    What an adorable sewing machine.

    • Beth Curry

      Also, great tutorial. I’ll try it out if I ever get the chance to. :)

    • Cynthia Romero

      I LOOOVE your picture! lucky girl with ms perry

  • Anna Denise

    OMG. You are awesome and that sewing machine is the. best.

  • Lauren Nespoli

    I love that this is for people with short attention spans! I need crafts like that, haha. Unfortunately, my sewing skills are lacking (we had to sew something small in middle school and I think that was the last time I attempted it!) but possibly with a sewing machine I’d be better! I’ll have to look for one when I have free time. :)

    • Anonymous

      Hhaaahha. I’m not too bright today. Great post!

  • Emili Naish

    “Are you an unmedicated adult with Attention Deficit Disorder who also LOVES to do crafts? I AM! ” So am I! what a coincidence haha, because of it I have become an Avid Hobby-collector, which in turn led to me starting up “Trunk of Monkeys Creations” A custom sock monkey business.!/group.php?gid=347288101556 But (of course)vit is no longer just monkeys made out of socks… giraffes, sheep, snails, elephants… you name it… haha.

    • Anonymous

      AFAIC that’s the best aneswr so far!

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