How to sew your own bread bags for Sourdough and Baguettes

Photography Amanda Reelick

Keep your loaves fresher for longer with this quick-sew bread bag, which is both pretty and practical.

What you’ll need:

  • Mid- or heavy-weight linen 
  • Iron
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • 1.5 metres of drawstring and safety pins

I made two bread bags – one that fits a sourdough and one that fits a baguette. Below are the fabric size pieces you will need for each loaf:

  • Sourdough: 31cm x 76cm
  • Baguette: 20cm x 120cm

Step 1: Prewash your fabric and once it’s dry iron out any creases. Determine the size of bag you would like to make, mark this measurement on your fabric and then cut it out. Using a zig-zag stitch, neaten the edges of your fabric to prevent fraying.

Step 2: With the right-sides together, fold your fabric in half so that the short ends are at the top. Mark 6cm from the top on both the left and right sides of your fabric piece. Sew from where you have marked to the bottom, using a straight stitch and 1cm seam allowance. Repeat on the other side.

Step 3: Press the seam open and continue pressing back the fabric by 1cm at the top of your bag where you have left a 6cm gap.

Step 4: At the top of the bag, fold the fabric over to the wrong side by 1cm and press. Fold over another 2cm, press and then sew in place.

Step 5: Cut your drawstring in half and attach a safety pin to the end of one piece. Insert this through the casing at the top of bag, pulling it along to the other end. Repeat for the other side and then tie the two pieces of drawstring together at each end.

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