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How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Follow this step-by-step guide on how to make your very own drawstring bag complete with contrast lining. This is a great make which has various uses and can be customised to your individual taste.

This drawstring bag can be used in many ways, it’s not only perfect for your child’s books, and clothes but also can be used for taking for a day at the park, beach, or another storage solution within your home. You can get creative with this make and use whatever fabric you would like; you can also experiment with using ribbon or drawstring for the closure. We have chosen the Gone Fishing Vintage fabric and a classic JF Ticking Blue fabric which works so well together.

What You Will Need

What You Will Need

  • 2 x fabrics
  • Pins
  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk Pencil
  • Safety Pins
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ribbon / Drawstring
Step One

Step One

Firstly cut two 20” wide x 22” long pieces from your main fabric and repeat this with your lining fabric.

Step Two

Step Two

On one of the longer edges, using your chalk pencil, mark 2” down on your main fabric and lining.

Step Three

Step Three

Now, place your lining pieces right sides together and repeat this with your main pieces of fabric. Starting from your marked 2” sew around the three edges. Leaving the top edge unsewn.

Step Four

Step Four

Trim all the corners so they create sharp and tidy edges once turned around the right way on the main and lining fabric.

Step Five

Step Five

Press all the edges with the iron and turn down the top to create a channel for the drawstring.

Step Six

Step Six

Where you had marked the 2” on the top of your fabric pieces, pin and stitch together on sewing machine.

Step Seven

Step Seven

Now, turn only the main piece of fabric right way around and insert the lining into the main fabric. Turn down the top piece, leaving enough space to insert the ribbon or drawstring to push through.

Step Eight

Step Eight

Make sure the sides are lined up and pin the edges, now sew.

Step Ten

Step Ten

Using a safety pin, attach to the piece of chosen ribbon or drawstring and feed through the channel you have created.

You now have your finished drawstring bag.

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