Sew an Easy Draw String Bag

Am in seriously into designing fabrics these days and sell mostly on Spoonflower under the user name Creativeinchi. Up until now I was required to buy a small sample of every design I uploaded in order to make it for sale. That has now changed but it has left me with a load of small samples of my fabric.

They have sat fold neatly in a box for ages but I recently came up with an idea of what to make with them.

Easy Sewing Project: How to make a Draw String Bag

You will need

  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • 5 squares of fabric, Mine measured 5″ by 5″ but really any size will work
  • Macrame cord.

Getting Started

Start by cutting out your fabric. In the fabric below the two darker ones are for the outside of the bag, the two lighter are for the inside of the bag and the purple square is for the tab top. You can use a mix of designs like me or the same design throughout!

draw string bag pattern

Prepare the tab

Cut the tab square in half so you are left with two rectangles. Finger press the short ends of each rectangle so each has a 1/4″ hem and sew into place. Fold the hemmed tabs in half.

draw string bag pattern top
draw string bag tab top

Adding the Tabs

Take one of your outer squares right side up, center the tab and pin into place. Then take a lining square, wrong side up line up and pin in place so you have essentially sandwiched the tab. Sew in place leaving a 1/4 gap either side. Repeat with you other squares.

Sewing together

Open up and press each side of the bag making sure the tab top lies towards the outer designs. Pin the two pieces right sides together ensuring the outer designs are facing one another. Sew around leaving a 1.5″ gap on the lining part.

draw string bag
draw string bag sewing instructions

Snip each corner as show and turn inside out! Poke out the corners.

Close the gap in the lining by sewing a short line.

close lining

Push the lining into the bag and give the whole thing a good press.

Add a line of top stitching just underneath the tab and create a channel in the tabs by sewing a line of stiches half way up each tab.

Adding the Cord

Cut two 12″ lengths of macramé cord and. Thread the first one through the channel so both raw ends are on the second length so bot raw ends are on the left. Knot the raw ends together.

cord threaded gift bag
small fabric gift bag
sew fabric gift bag

such a fun easy sewing project!

3 fabric gift bags

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