Wednesday, June 29, 2011

DIY Fabric Tangram with Drawstring Bag

I have to credit my friend Emily with this idea; she has made tangrams out of cardstock, but suggested that since I love fabric, I should make a fabric one for Charlotte.  So that's what I did!

If you would like to make one too, here's the tutorial!

Print out this free tangram pattern in large onto cardstock
fabric scraps
batting scraps
sewing machine/thread

Step 1:  Print out the pattern and gather fabric scraps
Cut each piece out of the cardstock.  
Then select a fabric for each piece and trace around the cardstock onto the fabric.
Cut two out of the fabric, then cut one out of batting.

Step 2:  Layer the pieces in this order: fabric, cardstock, batting, fabric

Step 3:  Stitch around the shape 1/8" from the edge.

Repeat this process with all of the shapes.

Step 4: Cut out a folded piece of fabric about 10" x 14".

Turn it right sides together and stitch up the sides using a zigzag stitch.

Fold the top down 1/4", then another 1". 

Stitch in place, but leave about 1" open

Fasten a safety pin to a piece of ribbon and feed it through the casing.

Step 5:  Rip a few of the zigzag stitches out and feed the ribbon through to the front of the bag, then stitch up the opening.

That's it!  
Make some cute animals!

You can find more fun things to make here.
Enjoy your day!


  1. So now I can link the Blog as a reference site for one of my classes this fall! YAY!!! Make It Lovely goes to School!!! WOOOO HOOOO!!! Thanks for making my syllabus! And it is awesome! Going to make a few as examples!! Pop your collar Emily!!!

  2. Very Cute Jessica!!! I love the idea! It's super cute for summer too - something new to play with is always good. ;)

  3. it's a lovely idea. I read your blog since a week, and it's a good moment all time.
    Thanks a lot for your ideas

  4. I plan on making a few of these too. I will be teaching 5th grade this year after 16 years as a HS home ec teacher. This will help me make the transition.

  5. This is such a fantastic idea! I've had wood and plastic tangram puzzles for my kids but fabric ones - brilliant! Thanks for the clear tutorial.

  6. What a great idea. I've been needing something new to help keep my son quiet during church, this would be perfect to entertain his little mind with. Lol, I might as well make several of these because I know that my older boys will be trying to swipe it from younger son.

    =) Gayle

  7. I made some of these tonight, though they are not nearly as neat at yours! Great idea though :)

  8. Great idea!:)
    Find good source of Marimekko fabrics for your projects!


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