DIY Drawstring Christmas Sack

Happy Sunday! I hope all of my U.S. friends had a great Thanksgiving! Today I want to share with you an adorable draw string bag I made yesterday using a couple different tutorials.

Earlier this year I participated in a Bonnie & Camille Christmas In July block swap and I have been going back & forth with myself about just what exactly I should make with my blocks. I finally decided to try out a bag, as I am thinking of replacing our stocking with bags this year - you can fit more in them (and various shaped items, unlike a stocking) and I just love the look of them sitting under the tree!

One of these blocks can easily make the front of a drawstring bag by adding a few borders. Keep reeding to see how I did this!

The Details

For those of you who may have participated in this swap or just want to make a similar bag, I've detailed below how I added my borders to make this tree block the right size for the bag. Also - these are free tutorials listed below and I am NOT taking credit for them at all - just want to share!. 

My fabrics are primarily Bonnie & Camille with some Sweetwater mixed in. You can easily whip up one of these bags in a couple hours, especially once you get the hang of making the easy Christmas Tree blocks!

Note: Each bag finished at approx. 10" high x 7" wide but Jeni has a great pattern you can purchase to make larger or smaller bags as well! There are 8 sizes total.

You will need..

*Measurements are in inches. A 1/4" seam is used throughout.

Tip: Make a "short" tree using the free tutorial from Diary of a Quilter so the tree top isn't cut off by the seam allowance or from trimming down your finished block.


  1. Add your 7.5" x 3.5" border strip to the BOTTOM of your tree block.
  2. Add one 12.5" x 1" strip to each side of your tree block (left and right). Note that nothing is added to the top of the block.
  3. Trim block to exactly 10.5" wide x 12.5" tall.
  4. Use instructions on to create the rest of your drawstring bag, using your newly made tree panel as one of the main exterior pieces.

I hope this helped, and if you make a bag like mine I'd love to see it! Tag me @amistabaker on Instagram :) Happy Holidays!


Black Friday Sale!

It's almost Thanksgiving! Are you ready? Im not sure I am but I guess I don't have time to worry about that right now, lol. We will be going to my aunts house and my MIL's house as well this year and it can be a really busy and tiring day for us. How are you spending your Thanksgiving?

 I will be taking a break for a few days for the holiday, but I am having a Black Friday Sale in my shop! It includes custom orders, PDF patterns, and a few handmade items as well but they are in limited quantities!

I am trying to bring in some extra sales to help pay for those TWO American Girl dolls I bought my daughters this year! (they are so expensive!!!). Take a peek if you have a moment!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm still here, I promise!

Whew. Life has been busy.

In the past 4 weeks we have attended 2 funerals, a wedding, 2 gymnastics meets, 2 parent teacher conferences, doctors appointments, and a many family functions. Plus, I work weekends and the holidays are VERY quickly approaching and I'm not sure I'm totally ready. I am spent. I have hardly had any time at all to sew (or do laundry, dishes etc) and it is totally wearing on me! I need my creative time to keep me sane.

No-Spend December

I went a little overboard with fabric purchases this November. Really overboard. So for December I will be having a no-spend month. For obvious reasons I will need the extra money for Christmas gifts for the family, but really I realized I had spent too much in November. I won't tell you the total but let's just say I took advantage of many Instagram destash sales, online fabric store sales, and even local quilt shop coupons!

BUT - I will say this... see all that Aurifil thread in the firs picture up top? I got it ALL for $14.00. All of it. How could I pass up that deal??

Have you have had a no-spend period?

It seems like even when I limit myself on fabric purchases that money I saved always ends up going somewhere else anyways! My goal is not to save a certain amount of money, but to simply save. I would like a little "cushion" in my bank account.

And another swap...

My LAST swap for the year is the Herringbone Mug Rug Swap using my pattern that is was recently released. Its a super easy beginner level foundation paper piecing pattern. Even if you haven't joined the swap, you should totally try it! So quick and such a great gift for moms, sisters, teachers, coworkers, etc.

Myself and 30 other swappers will be sending each other one mug rug, a tea or coffee, and a few small extras as a holiday gift! I think it's going to be a great swap.

That's all for now, just wanted to give a bit of a personal update - something I don't normally do, but I have felt a bit guilty about my posts being sporadic for the last couple months. Thanks to everyone who continues to read and comment!

Happy Holidays!

Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted, 2!

Last year around this time a neat swap was going around on Instagram called "Get Your Quilty Wishes Granted" (#getyourquiltywishesgranted) and it is essentially a way for people to put out there in the IG universe a special something they've been looking for wether it is fabric, notions, threads, patterns, etc. and then someone who may have that sees it, asks for your address, and grants your wish!

I LOVE the idea of this, so when I saw #getyourquiltywishesgranted2 circulating around IG a couple weeks ago I knew I had to jump in and participate this year!

I ended up granting several wishes - mostly for fabric and one for a MODA Merit Badge, plus one for a package of Cotton + Steel selvedges. It felt great to help people out! In return I put my wish out there for Cotton & Steel or Alison Glass prints (scraps or even F8's) and ended up getting 4 packages in return for those!

I plan to use some of these in a sampler quilt (my very first one!) soon and the rest will be put into smaller projects here & there. So thank you to everyone who sent me something!

I am always inspired by the generosity of the quilting community :)

Harry Potter Baby Quilt

Last night while watching the election results I quilted and bound this gorgeous Harry Potter themed baby quilt. It's for an old friend of mine from my school days that I keep in touch with online. She is having her second baby, a boy, and I was honored to have her sister ask me to make a quilt for the new little guy!

It has got a pretty huge reaction on Instagram and since I had several questions about the fabrics and whatnot I thought i'd share the info for the quilt here!

This quilt is made up of several cuts of designer fabrics, which I've listed below. I went a bit into the rabbit hole with these fabric choices. I wanted them all to be perfect, and in some way, for them all to represent something from the Harry Potter world and I think I accomplished that! There are owls, newspaper prints, deer, prints that looks like equations or "spells" written out, and even specifically Harry Potter themed prints from Spoonflower which are SO cute!


Framed by Silk Road Life - only 16 blocks with a row for name.

Pattern calls for a layer cake (10" squares) but i did NOT use precuts. It just requires a bit of math and cutting your prints correctly to get 2 blocks cut from each prints.

Quilt Top:

Quilt Backing

The baby's name is done in a foundation paper pieced Harry Potter Alphabet by Fandom in Stitches. Wonderful, wonderful website for anyone who loves FPP. So many amazing free patterns.

The fabrics used were scraps leftover from the 1/4 yard and fat quarter prints used in the quilt top. I had just enough of everything to finish this top with what was purchased.

The recipient already loves the quilt and I hope you do to! This was a fast finish and I'd love to make more in the future!