Drawstring bags are simple to make and have hundreds of uses!
Make one for a gift bag or party favor bag.
Use them to store socks and underwear, craft supplies, first aid, make up.
Not all in the same bag, of course!
Or how about those new Christmas toys that seem to have multiplied overnight?
A drawstring bag would be perfect for toys!
Fabric Drawstring Bag
1/4 yard fabric (I used the Celebrate Suess! Out of the Blue Characters fabric)
48″ of ribbon (I used Red 5/8″ Solid Grosgrain Ribbon)
Fabric Marker or Pencil
Begin by cutting your fabric into 2 rectangular pieces. I cut out 2 11″ x 15″ pieces of fabric.
Turn one piece of your fabric vertically and turn the top edge of the fabric under about 1/4″ and press with an iron. Just eyeball it, it doesn’t have to be exact.
Turn the fabric under again and press with an iron. Secure the ironed edge with pins.
Follow the same steps with your second piece of fabric.
With your sewing machine stitch across the folded edge, sewing closely to the edge.
Lay right sides together with the hems on top.
Measure 2″ down on the corners and mark with a fabric marker or pencil.
Pin the two fabrics together all around.
Start stitching at the 2″ mark and all the way around to the other mark
using your sewing foot as a guide.
Remember to back stitch at the beginning and the end of your sewing!
Next fold your top edge down to where you started sewing at the 2″ mark.
Press with an iron and pin to keep in place.
Stitch closely to the bottom of the folded edge.
When stitching the ends, pinch the seam allowance and fold it over to one side.
Continue sewing all the way around your bag.
Flip your bag inside out.
Measure the ribbon by doubling the width of your bag and adding 4″.
Cut 2 lengths of ribbon.
Using a safety pin, lace your ribbon through the casing of the bag.
The casing is the edge that you folded over.
Push the safety pinned ribbon all the way around your casing until you reach where you started.
Tie the ribbon in a knot.
Seal your ribbon ends so they don’t fray.
Repeat this step with your other length of ribbon on the other side of the bag.
Now pull both tied ribbons and smile because you’re done!
How easy was that?
My kid have these fun wooden beads that they string onto laces.
All the little pieces fit great into my drawstring bag!
I added a little felt tag and embroidered the word “beads” onto it.
It’s much more fun than the beads’ previous ziploc bag home!
Just think of all the possibilities there are with drawstring bags!
I hope you’ll add this your list of all the projects you’re going to do in this new year!