Fabric Drawstring Bag

Fabric Drawstring Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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)
Rotary Cutter
Cutting Mat
Quilter’s Ruler
Fabric Marker or Pencil
Safety pin

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.

Fabric Drawstring Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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!

Fabric Drawstring Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

How easy was that?

Fabric Drawstring Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

My kid have these fun wooden beads that they string onto laces.
All the little pieces fit great into my drawstring bag!

Fabric Drawstring Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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!

Fabric Drawstring Bag - {The Ribbon Retreat Blog}

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!

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  1. Posted January 4, 2012 at 10:55 am | Permalink

    Such a cute idea! Kids would love these:) Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  2. Regina
    Posted January 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

    Unless I missing something….how were you able to cut out 2 pieces of fabric 11 x 15 ? Your supply list said to use 1/4 yard of fabric. Wouldn’t the fabric be only 9 inches wide? Thanks for your response.

    • Posted January 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      Hi Regina! Thank you for pointing that out. I used a fat quarter of fabric for my bag. The fat quarters are 18″x22″ so I had just enough with a little left over. I’ve fixed the changed the post to say fat quarter.

  3. Kalea
    Posted January 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    These are seriously the best! I have on that is a bunch of fabric pieces put together as a laundry bag! Its perfect for being in college or vacations!!

    • Posted January 8, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Permalink

      What a great idea Kalea! The great thing about this bag is that it’s so versatile. You can make it in all different sizes, colors, patterns and use it for so many different things!

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