Using the Loop Turner Tool to Load Drawstring in a Cord Stop

Sometimes it can be tricky to figure out how to do something that seems like it should be super easy. One example of this (for me) was loading a drawstring through a cord stop, as is required in my Got Sudz soap bag pattern.

There are lots of different ways of doing it, but the fastest way I’ve found is to use my Loop Turner Tool by ToolTron to pull the drawstring through. If you don’t have the Loop Turner Tool by ToolTron but you do have a tiny crochet hook, that will work as well!

To do this using the Loop Turner Tool, first, hold the cord stop in your hand and squeeze down the top push tab several times to warm up the spring.

Next, hold the tab down while you insert the latch hook end of the Loop turner through one of the cord stop holes. Release tab gently and load drawstring onto latch hook as shown:

After you’ve done the above, press the cord stop spring tab down again then pull the loop turner latch hook back through the hole of the cord stop, like so:

Now, repeat this with the other hole of the cord stop using the other drawstring end. Once both ends are loaded, press the spring tab and slide the cord stop up and down a few times while you even the length of the drawstrings and position the cord stop where you want it.

Trim drawstring to the length you desire then finish by tying the drawstring ends together in a knot and trim ends again, fairly close (about 1/2 inch or closer) to knot.

And that’s all there is to it! Have you used this method with either the Loop Turner or a tiny crochet hook? Let me know in the comments below!

Make Fast & Easy Drawstring Cords from a T-shirt

If you need a fabulous soft drawstring for small to mid-size projects, this could be just the ticket for you!

When I designed my Got Sudz Soap Scrubby Bags, I wrote the pattern to include instructions for making a woven fabric drawstring. This year, when I was making a bunch for gifts, I decided to give the t-shirt yarn method a try and it is AAAAAMMMAAAZING!!!

I have posted a quick Facebook video that you can watch on facebook by clicking here.

If you’re not on Facebook or you’d just prefer the written tutorial, here it is:

You can use virtually any cotton or cotton/poly t-shirt, even if it has a side seam. The t-shirt can be new, used, a thrift store find, swiped from your spouse’s/partner’s/kid’s closet or drawer…whatever works for you.

Lay the t-shirt out on your cutting mat and smooth it out well, lining up shoulder and arm hole seams. Make it as wrinkle free and smooth as possible and cut off the bottom, hemmed edge.
After removing the bottom hemmed edge, measure and cut a 1 inch strip, making sure you have nice clean edges on both sides of the strip. NOTE: You can make wider strips if you need a thicker drawstring.
Pick up the strip and separate the t-shirt layers to see the large loop of fabric you now have.
Insert both hands into the loop. Using both hands, grasp each end and pull outward, stretching the loop. You have now formed a rolled, knit cord loop.

Now all you need to do is cut the length of cord you need for your project.

Since the t-shirt fabric won’t fray, once the drawstring is inserted into your project, simply tie off the ends, as was done with this Got Sudz bag.

Have you ever used this method for making a drawstring? If you have needs for a drawstring in your future, I hope you’ll give it a try and let me know what you think!

I’d love to hear your thoughts below.

I’m Coming Clean — FREE New Year’s Day Got Sudz Sew-Along

Are you interested in joining a New Year’s Day 2021 Virtual Sew-Along with me?

This coming Friday, 1/1/2021, I’ll be “Coming Clean” with my first ever FREE Sew-along via Facebook Live Video. You’re invited! You can easily find out more and RSVP to this Facebook event by clicking here.

Around 3PM Eastern Time on New Year’s Day, I’ll be sewing up another Got Sudz Soap Saver & Scrubby Bag with you. I’ll also be sharing some modifications I’ve made to the pattern that make it even easier and more fun to work with.

One of the fantastic modifications is the method and type of drawstring. You can use a t-shirt (new or old) to create drawstrings. Find the video how-to on our facebook page by clicking here.

These little soap bags make great gifts all year round and they’re so easy to customize to any recipient. After all, who do you know that doesn’t use soap and wouldn’t like to make their favorite soaps last longer?

The Sew-Along itself will be FREE, but you’ll need to purchase the pattern and supplies ahead of time. If you don’t have the pattern already, you can grab a download now while it’s on SALE.

In addition to having your sewing machine threaded and ready, you’ll need your Got Sudz pattern and the following items, as shown in the picture above:
1. Drawstring
2. Drawstring casing, cut, sewn and turned per pattern directions
3. Soft Poly Mesh cut to size and marked per pattern
4. Cord Lock

Ready, Set…SEW! Let’s get ‘er done. This sew-along is designed to be short and sweet. The plan is to show you how to whip one out in under 15 minutes. We may stay online and have some fun chatting a wee bit longer, but the sew-along portion should be fast and fun which means you’ll need to have your pattern and materials prepped in advance (and do a tiny bit of pre-event sewing) so that you’re ready to go. If you don’t have the pattern already, you can grab a download now while it’s on SALE.

Why do you sew?

Utility, gifting/making, personal joy, creativity, purpose, passion, expression, art, mental health, self care, or some other reason. Why do you sew?

I have been thinking a lot about this lately.

Clearly, there is no single correct answer for everyone. There’s just the right answer for you–for each of us individually–at any given point in time. How we answer today might be different from our answer in 2 days or 5 years.

For me? I guess I sew for all those reasons and because it seems to be one of the main outlets for the “maker, gifter and problem solver” in me. Also because it connects me to the past, present and future all at the same time. The past: I can not walk into my sewing room or pick up a project and not think of my sweet Grams who taught me how to sew. The present: During this time of Covid-19, sewing helps keep me grounded each day in doing something positive…even if it’s only thinking about sewing and mentally working on the next project. The future: Making gifts for children or grandchildren; stitching love for them and pouring out my heart of hope for their future gives me hope for the future. Sewing. It’s part of who I am. It’s just what I do.

I’d love it if you would chime in and share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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