Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

I have been wanting to make little drawstring bags for quite some time. Well, I finally got in the mood to get sewing last week. This is what I came up with after thinking through several ways to sew it. Since I have just gotten back into sewing, I do not have a stash of fabric yet, so I made this one from remnants from my master bathroom window treatment.

I wanted to sew a very simple lined bag. This is my version:

1. Cut a piece of fabric the size you want the bag to be. As you can see here, this piece is 23 inches by 20 inches. Here it is folded in half and I have kept the fold. Do not cut the fold! If you do not have a wide enough piece of fabric to have a fold due to using remnants, you can sew the long pieces together. You can use a half inch or 1/4 inch seam, whichever you feel comfortable because these measurements do not have to be exact. (The top photo of this post was made with two separate pieces as there wasn't a large enough piece to have a fold for a smooth front.)

2. Sew the long ends together and press them open.

3. Turn the fabric right side out and iron with the seam in the middle (this will decrease bulk in the side seams of the bag later on). If you had enough fabric to have the fold, then this seam will be inside the bag and you won't see it.

4. On the side with the seam in the middle, turn the short ends down 1/4 inch and iron. Turn down another inch and iron to make a casing for the drawstring. Sew them, making sure to reverse at each end for extra stability.

5. Now, fold the large rectangular piece with the seam on the outside. Sew each side up from the bottom of the bag a little past where the casing begins. Sew 1/4 inch seams.

6. Turn right side out. You can see the nice finished seams inside.

7. Use the point of your scissors to poke out the bottom corners.

8. Insert the drawstrings. You can use twill tape, ribbon, bias tape, cording or make them out of the same fabric to match the bag. To make the drawstrings, you need two pieces that are long enough to go around the whole top of the bag plus about 4 or more inches extra, depending on how long you want it to be. In Color Order shows you how to make drawstrings to match the bag. 

I think I will be making many more of these bags. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a pretty idea and I think I could do that even with my rudimentary sewing skills. Well done!

  2. Thanks for this. I bought some material earlier this year to make some bags but just haven't got round to it. Perhaps this will inspire me!! Joan

  3. The blue bag with the roses is my favorite. Nice tutorial.

  4. Lovely little bags. My sewing skills are zilch! Have a great weekend. Tammy

  5. The bag is sooooooo sweet, with the adorable little pattern! Don't stop now, you need to make more of these beauties!

  6. this is so sweet. thanks for sharing the tutorial -i'm also planning a bag making session soon!

  7. Such a pretty little bag! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see you again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  8. These are such a great idea! Thank you so much for linking up this week! Hope you can join the party again.

  9. Love these. I've actually made some similar. I love to see other ideas and patterns. I've got to check out your pinterest board. Thanks so much for sharing this. I'm visiting from Blue Friday. Congratulations on being featured this week. ~ Abby

  10. So pretty! Thanks for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope to see you again today. :)

  11. Thank you so much for the tutorial! I am bookmarking it, and will give it a try!


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