How To Sew a Drawstring Bag in Minutes

See how to sew a drawstring bag in minutes with this full tutorial!

By: Terri Ashley Ocean for
How To Sew a Drawstring Bag

Drawstring bags are easy to sew and can be used for many purposes from storing jewelry to bags for birthdays and holidays. One can be very imaginative in creating these bags from all different sizes to adding embellishments and one’s own style.

With this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to sew a drawstring bag that can be adjusted to any size needed. From small gift bags that can be reused after opening to large bags that will hold whatever you need, mastering DIY drawstring bags is a great skill to have.

Making drawstring bags yourself allows you to make it whatever size you need for holding office supplies, crafts, toys, or anything you'd put in a backpack. It's also a fun and reusable gift wrap idea.

This DIY bag can be sewn by machine or by hand, whichever you prefer. It's a great project for beginners but also fun for any skill level sewist. That's the beauty of bags!

Drawstring Bag Materials Needed:

Fabric of your choice – this bag was created from ladybug cotton material – Ladybugs are considered lucky! One piece of fabric measuring 10" x 4.25" creates a 4" x 3" bag.
Yarn, ribbon, or cording – 12" in length (2 pieces)
Matching thread
Straight pins
Large eye needle
Fabric marking pen or pencil
Sewing machine–
or may be hand sewn

How to Make a Drawstring Bag:

  1. Cut a piece of fabric 10" x 4.25" – will make a 4" x 3" bag.
  2. Fold the length of the bag in half with wrong sides together.
  3. Measuring 1.58" from the top of the bag using a fabric pen or pencil, mark on both sides of the bag.
  4. Pin the wrong sides together.
  5. Starting at the 1.58" mark from the top, sew side seams together .125" down the sides of the bag.
  6. Turn the bag out so the right sides are facing each other.
  7. Press the bag with an iron and measuring from the top of the bag and on both sides, mark 1.58" which will create the top casings.
  8. From the top mark, sew .25" down the side of the bags. – This will catch the inside .125" seam inside the .25" seam, so a French finished seam is made inside the bag and looks professional.
  9. Turn the bag right side out.

How to Make the Drawstring Bag Top Casing:

  1. At top of the bag, fold fabric down to wrong side of fabric .25" and press.
  2. Turn top-side seams .25" into wrong side of the fabric and press.
  3. Fold both top seams down again so they meet each other to the 1.58” mark.

  1. Sew across horizontally each seam as close to the mark to finish the casings.
  2. Cut 2 - ribbon, cord, yarn, etc. x 12".
  3. Using a large eye needle, thread the cording through one casing seam and back through the opposite casing seam so that both ends of the cord are on the same side. Tie a knot at the end of the cord.
  4. Using the other cord, do the same threading at the opposite casing seam so the ends of the cord are on the other side of the bag. Tie a knot at the end of the cord.
  5. Embellish the bag as you please. I added two red pony beads on the cords prior to tying the knots on the end of the cords.

Drawstring Bag Tutorial PDF

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How to Adjust a Drawstring Bag Size:

To enlarge your bags, and have the dimensions accurate, increase the inches to the side and top of the bags equally. For example, if you want to make a bag that is 5" by 4" – the cut of the fabric will 11" x 5.25".

Have fun and enjoy making these fun drawstring bags!

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