Make your own drawstring bags to store items, and use them as wrapping for a special gift bag or as a reusable bag while shopping.
This unlined drawstring bag an easy project and doesn’t take long to make. You can make them from fat quarters and it is a great way to use fabric in your stash. It’s a perfect project for beginners. All of the sewing are straight seams.
This double-pull drawstring bag is a perfect project for beginner sewists and is super quick and easy! This free tutorial doesn’t include separate casing pieces, the casing is made with folded edges at the top of your fabric.
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You can make simple drawstring bags in any size you’d like, from little bags to big bags! We’ll show you how in our step-by-step tutorial.
How do I make different sizes of drawstring bags?
You can make drawstring bags in different sizes by cutting your fabric in different dimensions. Start with one piece of fabric to fold in half like we did above, or cut two pieces of fabric the same size and sew a bottom seam.
To make your own drawstring bag pattern, start by planning how much fabric you’ll need for a bag, decide on the final dimensions. Then add 1-inch to the width for a 1/2 inch seam allowance. For a single piece of fabric with the bottom of the bag on the fold, add 4-inches to the fabric length for the top drawstring casing. If you are planning on a bottom seam, to the length of the fabric, add 2-inches for the casing and an additional 1/2-inch for seam allowance.
Example: For a small bag with a finished size of 6″ x 8″ made with two pieces of fabric with a seam on the bottom, you will cut two rectangles of fabric that are 7″ wide (6″ + 1″) x 10-1/2″ (8″ + 2″ + 1/2″). Also, you’ll cut the drawstring cord shorter. You’ll want a minimum of 2-1/2 times your finished width. For the 6″ wide bag, you’ll want at least 18-inches.
Follow the construction directions above.
How do you make a single pull drawstring bag?
Super easy and simple sewing project – just make one drawstring! Thread the drawstring through and around the casing and tie off the ends of the drawstring. Just don’t do the second drawstring! Some people call this style bag a pull-tie bag because that is what you do! Pull and tie the cording or ribbon!
What fabrics are good for making an easy drawstring bag?
Any fabric will work! You can use quilting cottons, upholstery fabrics, fat quarters or sew together some of your fabric scraps to make a patchwork drawstring bag!
What are some ideas for using a double-pull drawstring bag?
There are so many creative ideas – a fun project with so many different ways to make perfect homemade gift bags!
For holidays use festive red and green fabrics to make reusable gift bags. You can embellish the fabrics before making the bags with ribbons and trims! Use holiday ribbons for the ties and make a bow with the ends of the ribbon.
Make bags to store toys – perfect for legos or a collection of Matchbox cars or a collection of Barbie dolls and their clothes! Easy to pick up the bag and take the toys with you!
Use scrap fabric to make smaller drawstring bags to store small items such as jewelry or use as a travel jewelry bag. Perfect for carrying your knitting or crochet project with you, too.
Drawstring bags are so simple to make. Here are some finished pictures of a double drawstring bag.