DIY Drawstring Bag

Once upon a time…



…I decided to make a drawstring bag!

The tutorial I used made it look as though all the sewing, ironing, measuring, and threading I was about to do was easy. While it certainly might have been for an advanced sewer who was used to more complicated projects, it was not for me (probably because I wasn’t and am not still an expert seamstress). Of course I did end up finishing the bag, but that was after passing many frustrated minutes and needing much assistance from my mom.

However, this tutorial is certainly one that I could have used in my less-experienced past!


1. Gather all materials

  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Tape measure
  • Dull embroidery needle (or bodkin but honestly I’ve never used or even seen a bodkin before)
  • Embroidery floss
  • Sewing machine (optional but recommended)


2. Cut out a long piece of fabric for your bag, keeping in mind it will be folded in half. Mine was about 6″ x 12″

3. Fold your fabric in half, wrong side out. This will be general size of your bag.

4. Fold the top down ~1 inch. Flip the fabric over and repeat on the other side. When it is unfolded, it should look like picture 2.


Picture 1

Picture 2

Picture 2

5. Keeping the fabric folded in half, wrong side out, stitch from the fold all the way up to the BOTTOM of the 1″ fold. (Note: now is your last chance to change the dimensions of your bag.)



6. Repeat on the other side.



7. Now you want to sew the 1″ flaps down. When you are done turn the bag right side out.



8. Now you have to thread your bag! This part can be very confusing if this is your first time so just stick with it.

To find the length of your thread, multiply the width by two and add two inches. Cut out two threads this length.

Thread one of the threads through your embroidery needle (or bodkin). Thread it through the right-hand holes at the top where your 1″ flap was.


Now thread the needle until it comes out of the hole on the other side. Turn your needle and thread it through the gap of the side behind it.


Knot the ends together and repeat on the left-hand side, or the side that doesn’t have any string sticking out. These two holes should be the ones that you DID NOT thread your first string through. You should be able to see the string where you turned your first thread around.

Knot those two ends together.


You are finished!


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