Retro Drawstring Bags Tutorial

Updated September 28, 2022
Retro Drawstring Bags Tutorial_1
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"These little Retro Drawstring Bags are so much fun to create by combining some of your favourite retro prints with lace/trim and a lace motif. Fully lined, they are the perfect size to hold a gift card or small gift. Measuring 4.5 x 6.5 inches, they can be easily constructed in around an hour. Great stash busting project to use all your treasured scraps. Be warned - it is hard to stop at making one."

Project TypeMake a Project

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine


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I love making pretty little (or big) bags to hold gifts, To me it's far more special than a bought bag or tearing open paper. I have lots of pieces of all kinds of fabrics - from lace to canvas - that I keep just for this purpose. It's wonderful to see someones face light up just because you've made the bag that the gift is in, hahaha!

I made a larger type of these drawstring bags for a charity project that filled them with school,supplies for children. These drawstring bags were their equivalent of out kids backpacks! We used whatever fabrics we had with strips of fabric for the drawstrings. They were fun to make and we did them in an assembly line, with the cut fabric all ready to,go, so it went pretty fast to make several. You can dress these up,with ric rac or buttons and bows to suit the recipient! Fun project!

I always make tote bags and keep around for left over gifts when needed but these retro drawstring bags are so awesome that I am adding these to my stash pile too. This is a super idea also if you do not quite have enough of one fabric you can use two different ones. I can see these made in all different sizes for whatever you want to put in them. The extra touch is the lace or whatever embellishment you want to use on the bags. Such a quick and easy tutorial but a cute finished bag. Super great for a beginner too.


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