How is it that I have been sewing for over 5 years and I have never made a simple drawstring bag? Until now. I think I have gone a bit crazy over these bags- but I am sure I will find uses for them…toys, knitting supplies, travel etc. I’ve got plans to make several more, let me show you the basic directions on how to make one!
The easiest tutorial ever:
What you need:
Two pieces of fabric in your desired size- (mine pictured is large 17x20inches, Sarah Jane for Michael Miller Children at Play- Parade)
Nylon cording, ribbon, rope, whatever you want your drawstrings to be made of. (I use a knit flat braid cord)
- We will be using french seams for this project- if you’ve never done this don’t worry it is super easy and will keep your inside seams nice and clean since we are not lining these bags. Line up your fabric wrong sides together and sew the sides and bottom with a 1/4 inch seam (to keep room for your casings start and finish 2 inches from top of each side)
- Turn inside out and sew around the sides and bottom again (still keeping 2 inches from top), but with 1/2 inch seam allowance.
- Fold over 1/4 inch on each side (where you left your 1 1/2 inches open) and press. Fold top down 1/4 inch and press, and again 1/2 inch down and sew your seam across. This creates your casing for your drawstring.
- Attache a safety pin to your cord or ribbon and pull it through the drawstring channel on one side of the bag and then back around the other side so that you have both ends of the ribbon on one side. Repeat on the opposite side with the other cord or ribbon.
- Knot your ends together and cut off excess. Fill ’em up with your stuff and you are done!