Sew along with one of our 11 year old students and make this handy lotus bag. It is perfect for keeping trinkets or small items safe, it’s versatile and can be made in any thin fabrics, we’ve recycled some jersey offcuts!


You will need:

  • 2 squares of fabric (Ours were 50cm x 50cm but you can do any size!)
  • Drawstring or ribbon
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Safety pin
  • Iron


With right sides of the fabric together pin all the way around your squares. Leave a small gap in the middle of one side.

Sew around the outside with a 1.5cm seam allowance.



Cut off the corners, be careful not to cut the stitching.

Pull the fabric through the gap to turn the square the right way around, make sure you poke out the corners and iron flat.

Turn your square at an angle so that it looks like a diamond. Fold each corner inwards until they are touching the centre.


Pin each of the 4 seams together and sew about halfway up the line.


Take the unsewn flap ends and fold back this creates the petals of the flower. Iron.


Pin the flaps in place along the top edge and sew along 2-3cm from the edge to make tunnels.


Take your cord or jersey drawstring and thread through the tunnels using a safety pin. Go around tunnels twice then knot ends together.


Pull your bag and it will look like a lotus flower!