Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Tutorial: Simple drawstring bag

We think that this bag is perfect for keeping pumps or trainers in for school but there are so many things that you can use this bag for and it is so easy we make them for everything!


Finished bag size is approximately 13" x 17"


Main fabric 19" x 28" (we used two pieces sewn together as we were using up fabric left over from another project).
Constrast fabric for pocket 7" x7" (if required)
Cord or ribbon
Sewing supplies


If you want to have a pocket on your bag take a square of contrast fabric and fold the top over by half an inch and stitch across. Then iron the other three sides under by quarter of an inch and then stitch in place on the right sides of the main piece of fabric as shown below.

Measure 1.5" down from the top of the bag and make a small snip in the fabric 0.5" long. Then fold the piece of material above the snip over quarter of an inch and then another quarter of an inch and stitch as shown below.

Next place your piece of material right sides down and fold the top over by half an inch and then again by an inch. Press and pin in place and then stitch all along the bottom creating a channel for the cord or ribbon to go through. Make sure you stitch backwards and forwards at the beginning and the end to secure your stitches.

Then fold in half with right sides together and stitch the two open sides together using a quarter inch seam allowance.

Use pinking shears to trim your seams to stop them fraying. Turn your bag right sides out and using a safety pin pass the cord right through the channel you have created and out the other side. Tie the two ends together when it is the preferred length.

Congratulations your bag is finished!

Happy sewing,


1 comment:

  1. Cute bag. I made it in just no time from scrap material. Great pictures and wonderful instructions. Great gift idea. Thank you so much for sharing! I am going to share it with my friend Jordan L.


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