When we sew together, there’s no end to what we can create—or the difference we can make. Join us as we sew brighter days for foster children in our community. Often left with only a plastic bag to tote their belongings, these kids deserve a little sunshine. We’d love your help as we sew drawstring bags using Baby Lock machines to benefit children in our area.

Throughout April and May 2021, Baby Lock retailers across the United States and Canada hosted events to sew drawstring backpack bags to support the foster children in their area.

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The Baby Lock team came up with not one but two patterns to create a Drawstring Backpack Bag. You can decide if you would like to use just your sewing machine or use both a sewing machine and serger.

Sewing Project Instructions

Create this fun Drawstring Backpack Bag with or without a pocket with your sewing machine! Make it basic with side seams inside the bag or jazz it up with an exposed seam bound with some pretty bias binding. Add pizzaz with the optional pocket and one of the following embellishments: Ric Rac, Beading, Piping, or your own creativity! Check out what feet and attachments you’ll need for your technique. You can even make your own straps with the Adjustable Bias Binder Accessory Foot! Choose between two Drawstring Backpack Bag size options: Child or Teen.

Download the Drawstring Backpack Bag Sewing Project Instructions here.

Serger Project Instructions

Create this fun Drawstring Backpack Bag with or without a pocket, largely with your serger! Make it basic with side seams inside the bag or jazz it up with exposed decorative side seams. Add pizzaz with the optional pocket and one of the following serger embellishments: Ric Rac, Beading, Piping, Decorative Thread, or Double Fold Bias Binding. Check out what feet and attachments you’ll need for your technique. If you have a Cover/Chain Stitch machine, you can even make your own straps! Choose between two Drawstring Backpack Bag size options: Child or Teen.

Download the Drawstring Backpack Bag Serger Project Instructions here.

Be A Difference Maker

If you choose to make a drawstring bag to donate to a local organization to support foster children, don't forget to tag Baby Lock in the photos of the bags on Facebook and Instagram (@babylocksewing) with hashtag #babylocksewing.

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