Sew a drawstring bag with this tutorial

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Sew a drawstring bag with this tutorial

Drawstring bags are wonderful accessories and perfect for holding all kinds of treasures, snacks, coins, you name it. They’re simple enough you could easily stitch up a bunch in an afternoon, and would make a great gift. Follow the tutorial below to sew your own drawstring bag.

What you’ll need:

  • One fat quarter or quarter yard of fabric
  • A yard or so of ribbon

Step 1:

First, cut out a rectangle of fabric, 7″ x 18″. (If you want to make a bunch of bags, you should be able to fit three bags from one fat quarter of fabric.)

Step 2:

Now to make a buttonhole for the drawstrings – Find the center of your bag front by folding it in half lengthwise, and then mark 3 1/4″ from the top. Place your buttonhole right here! This way it will line up when you stitch your drawstring casing.

Step 3:

Fold your fabric in half to make the bag shape, with WRONG sides together. Stitch down both long sides with a 1/4″ seam. Flip it inside out and press the seams well.

Step 4:

Now with the RIGHT sides facing together, stitch again down each side, with a bit wider than 1/4″ seam. You want to make sure you enclose the previous seam allowance within this seam.

Step 5:

Turn the bag right side out, press your seams, and presto! You have beautifully enclosed seams that will ensure these bags last through a whole summer’s worth of fun!

Step 6:

To make the casing, fold the top under 1/4″, press, and then fold it another 1 1/2″ and press. Now stitch two lines, one right along the bottom fold, and one 1/2″ to 3/4″ away from that. You will want to make sure the button hole you made in the beginning is inside of those two seam lines.

*When sewing a tiny bag, it can be easiest to have your bag turned right side out, and stitch it from the inside.

Step 7:

After sewing your casing seams, trim open your buttonhole.

Step 8:

Using a safety pin attached to one end of your ribbon so have something to hold onto, thread your ribbon through the buttonhole, around all the casing, and back out the same buttonhole. Tie a pretty little bow and you’re all done!


Which shweshwe pattern would you use to make a drawstring bag? Let us know in the comments below.


Source: See Kate Sew

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