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A Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Posted by  ·  February 18, 2010  ·  Last Updated: February 18, 2010

I was needing a little gift bag to hold some note cards for a sweet friend who has been spending way too much time at the hospital and I thought a fabric drawstring pouch would be perfect.

I used a piece of fabric 6 1/2 inches by 21 inches, but it can be made any size!

Turn each end under  1/4 inch and stitch along the edge.

With right sides together stitch sides together using a 1/2 inch seam, stopping two inches from the top.

Pink  edges and press side seams open.  At the top where the side seam is open, stitch around  the opening on each side.

Fold top edge down 1 inch and stitch all the way around close to the bottom edge.

Cut two pieces of ribbon or cording about 22″ long each. Feed one piece through casing and back out the other casing coming out on the same side of the bag.

Repeat with second cord on opposite side.

Tie the string ends on each side together. (You can hind the knots in the casing part if you work at it)

Fill the bag with some goodies and you have a nice little treat!

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  1. Jeff
    Saturday, April 20th, 2019
    This was perfect! Fixed my dice bag. Thank you!
  2. shona k
    Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
    That's a great idea, thank you!
  3. Celia Canfield
    Saturday, February 4th, 2017
    Thank you! I have scoured the internet for forever looking for something to tell me *how* the drawstrings would work and not just pull through. When you showed me that the cord casing had to be done separately on each side by not sewing all the way to the top of the pouch, I got it! I will definitely be following you!! *You* are the gift!
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    Friday, January 22nd, 2016
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    Monday, December 22nd, 2014
    I've been making drawstring bags like crazy since I found this tutorial. Thank you very much.
  8. Wednesday, October 29th, 2014
    I made two of these tonight, thanks for such a great (and easy to follow) tutorial!
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    Monday, September 1st, 2014
    This is great. Just found this via pinterest and already made two. I printed out the tutorial to take to my machine but the text was very light and hard to see. Is there a way I could darken it myself? Thanks for the great directions.
  10. BRENDA
    Monday, January 20th, 2014
    Thank you so much our Acteens at church part of Mission are making drawstring bags for the ladies in Africa and this was a quick and easy project for them. Again Thanks.
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  18. Wendy
    Friday, April 12th, 2013
    Thanks so much for the drawstring bag directions..couldn't wrap my brain around doing the top--and placing the ribbons thru. These were a request from my daughter who is having a 5yr birthday for her daughter. They've made clothespin faires with yarn hair, felt sparkle wings etc and had found miniture wood dishes. Thus the bag! Perfect instructions.. W
  19. Martha
    Monday, February 4th, 2013
    I made 20 birthday gift bags, and your directions were really helpful. Thank you!
  20. Saturday, November 10th, 2012
    It's been years since I've sewn anything and this helped jog my memory. I made some bags to use as packaging for my wedding stationery samples. Thank you for the great tips!! :)
  21. Mel
    Thursday, October 4th, 2012
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  22. Thursday, September 27th, 2012
    I really like your tutorial & just added a link to this post on my blog.

    Thank you!
  23. Lynne Calame
    Sunday, August 26th, 2012
    Perfect Tutorial. I do not sew . . . EVER! Needed a drawstring bag for a craft project. This was most helpful. Thanks.
  24. Julie
    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
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  25. Marilyn
    Monday, July 16th, 2012
    Your tutorial was the best - easy to follow. I will be making one in the near future.
  26. Jennifer
    Saturday, July 7th, 2012
    These are perfect little bags for lots of little things! Thank you for the easy tutorial, we will be making these with our girls at church next week as an easy sewing project.
  27. Joanie
    Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
    I love your simple instructions for the gift bags. would it be the same for making a lined bag?
    thanks again.
  28. Chandra
    Saturday, May 12th, 2012
    Thank you for the clear instructions! I just made one as part of a Mother's Day gift to my Mom. Thanks again and I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!
  29. Elsie
    Saturday, April 28th, 2012
    Thanks for this tutorial. It was awesome! Just made up some gift bags to put jewelry in for girls' First Holy Communion. Great project for using fat quarters.
  30. Treasa/Heavey
    Tuesday, April 24th, 2012
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  31. Smitha
    Monday, April 16th, 2012
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  32. Monday, March 12th, 2012
    Great instructions keep up the good work.Thank you.
    A real pleasure to follow AND it works so well.
  33. Cookie Monster
    Monday, February 27th, 2012
    Thanks so much! I'm definately going to make this for my friend's birthday. Thanks so much!
  34. Zahrah
    Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
    With this tutorial I can make a bag any size to accommodate anything I need it to! Cannot thank you enough!!
  35. Anya
    Monday, December 19th, 2011
    sew easy good idea!!!!!
  36. 1greatgymnast
    Monday, December 19th, 2011
    Perfect for grip bags! I made 20 of these for my daughters team to match their Leo's. Cut material measured 24 x 10 inches before sewing so about 10L x 9W inches when all done. Thank you so much!
  37. Jill
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Had a request for 2 drawstring bags and whipped these up in no time! Thanks for the tutorial! Awesomeness!
  38. Tootie
    Monday, November 7th, 2011
    I love this! Thank you! <3
  39. Genevieve
    Wednesday, September 7th, 2011
    I love your tutorial as it is the most concise and the most detailed I could find. I also like that you sewed a complete circle just under the drawstring opening to secure tightly and make it look "finished"! Thank you for sharing and I will be finishing my batch this time tomorrow to give as gifts :)
  40. erica
    Sunday, July 31st, 2011
    Thank you so much for sharing this! I just made 2 bags today! The directions were so easy and helpful! Thanks again!
  41. shelly
    Wednesday, June 29th, 2011
    thanks! i am looking forward to my kids nap time to start this project!
  42. Monday, June 13th, 2011
    This is, by far, the easiest tutorial I've found today...thank you for sharing!
  43. momstarr
    Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
    My daughter and her grandmother just made one of these following the tutorial. It worked out great! My daughter is thrilled!! Thanks so much!!!!!
  44. Friday, January 21st, 2011
    Variation: make this bag much bigger and wider (about 30 inches long) with a pull string at BOTH ends. Hang near kitchen. Put your empty plastic shopping bags through the top and pull them out as needed from the bottom. Great gifts, can be colour coordinated with kitchen decor or wherever it is hanging. Instead of a drawstring, use elastic for closing and openings.....holds the plastic bags in much better..........very easy and useful.....
  45. Friday, January 7th, 2011
    so easy :)
  46. Jude Craig
    Sunday, December 5th, 2010
    Oh.....that's just wonderful! I am making bags instead of wrapping Christmas presents with paper and loving it. Thankyou for such a clear tutorial.
  47. Thursday, November 11th, 2010
    You don't know how long I've been trying to figure out how to make a drawstring bag on my own... THANK YOU for sharing this! :)
  48. CJ
    Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
    Thanks so much for the tutuorial. I am teaching two young girls to sew and this was their first project to sew and take home. They were pretty pleases when they left today.
  49. Gisele
    Wednesday, August 18th, 2010
    THank you very much for this tutorial. It was really well explained and easy to make.
  50. Sunday, July 11th, 2010
    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I have made my own bags. Ok so I made 10 all at once... got carried away....

    see at least one that is posted on my blog:
  51. Friday, June 11th, 2010
    I have been looking for this kind of info for some time and I have a few questions. Would you mind answering them if I ask them here? Thanks.
    • Sunday, June 13th, 2010
      Yes, please ask any questions and I will try to answer!
  52. Monday, February 22nd, 2010
    Excellent! I've thought about how to make one of these, but now I can just follow your instructions! Thanks
  53. Sunday, February 21st, 2010
    I love fabric gift bags and use them often! I recently posted a tutorial for a 10-Minute Gift Bag if any of your readers are interested in another version. Hope this helps! http://sewsimplycreative.blogspot.com/2010/01/10-minute-gift-bag-tutorial.html Thank you for your great website! Tracey
  54. Friday, February 19th, 2010
    Nice tut! And you left out the part where you've sewn the drawstring tubes closed and have to rip everything apart, using language befitting a Long Shoreman and thus frightening your family into parts unknown!

    Or, maybe that's just me :)

    Nice job all around. And thoughtful, too.
  55. Friday, February 19th, 2010
    This is so sweet and so practical. And that's about the limit of my sewing skills so when I make it I think I'll be really proud of it and maybe just fill it with chocolates for myself. Is that wrong?
  56. Tina
    Friday, February 19th, 2010
    Terrific idea! thanks :)
  57. grandmaof7
    Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    I can't wait to try this! I look forward to checking your website everyday. There is something for everyone. Thanks.
  58. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    Such a great little bag and kind gift for your friend!
  59. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    Pure cuteness—and it even looks like something my sewing-challenged self might be able to actually do. Awesome!
  60. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    I totally just linked to you. All I can say is... duh, why didn't I think of that?! Thanks!
  61. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    awesome!!! thanks
  62. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    oh, thanks for this! I'll have to bookmark it.
  63. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    Love this idea, so much more practical then wrapping paper, and maybe even more economical. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing! I will definitely use this one!
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  65. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    Oh, I just love it!! I think I might make one today. This would be a great birthday gift for my grandmother. It is her birthday this weekend. I seriously want to do this! I will link to you if I do it! Thanks!!
  66. Thursday, February 18th, 2010
    Great tutorial! I made little pouches like this for my son's Pokemon cards, but I wasn't happy with how I threaded the drawstring. Marked this one with a flag in my RSS reader for future reference :-)