Bags Made From Rectangles

The easiest bags are made out of rectangles. You just knit a rectangle twice as long as you want your bag to be, fold it in half, and stitch up the side seams. If you want a fold-over flap, you knit it a little longer and include an eyelet buttonhole at the top. If you work a row of eyelets across the top edges, you can turn your rectangular bag into a drawstring bag: Just weave a crochet chain or knitted cord through the eyelets and pull. Or knit a row of eyelets across one top edge and sew buttons to the opposite edge. You can make a fuller rectangular bag that stands up on its own by knitting a gusset.

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