I needed a BIG drawstring bag and wanted to sew it quickly so I remembered this technique and thought to take some pictures to share with you. There are other ways to sew drawstrings bags, I found this one is the easiest and quickest one.
These drawstrings bags are useful, I needed a few for the small children in our family that started kindergarten a few days ago.
I made a few in different sizes, here is the biggest one.
How pretty it is with sides in different fabrics.
The boxed bottom makes it so spacious.
Here is what you need.
- 2 panels for the exterior bag and two panels for lining – all having the same size.
I made a really big bag and my panels measure 16” x 19”. You can make them any size you need.I quilted the outside panels on fusible fleece. You can use batting or other interfacing. Do not use something too stiff.
If you use a home decor fabric, you don’t need batting or interfacing.
- Two strips of fabric for casing -2 1/2” wide and as long as the width of your bag; my strips measure 2 1/2” x 16”.
- Ribbon, cord, or twill tape for strings: 2 pieces, each one a little longer than 2 x width of the bag.
Hem the short edges of the casing strips as shown; then press the strips in half lengthwise.
Center the casing along the top edge of the exterior panel; keep all the raw edges aligned. Sew at 1/4” from the top edge.
If you want to make a boxed bottom to your bag, cut out squares from the bottom corners of all the pieces – exterior bag and lining. I cut 2” squares.
Place the two panel of the exterior bag right side together, keeping all the raw edges aligned. Sew along the right, bottom, and left edges using a 3/8” seam allowance. Double these seams.
Close the bottom corners, aligning the raw edges and matching the side and bottom seams.
Sew at 3/8” from the edges.
Repeat these steps and sew the lining, but leave a gap in the bottom seam.
Press all the seams.
Place the exterior bag into the lining – right sides together.
Align the top edges, pin and sew at 3/8” from the edge.
Turn the bag right side out through the gap in the lining.
Push the lining inside the exterior bag.
Topstitch along the top edge, at 1/4” from the edge.
Using a safety pin, pull one of the strings through both casings (see the yellow arrows) and tie the ends. Repeat with the other string but this time, start at the opposite side of the bag (see the blue arrows); in this way, you will end up with knots on both sides of the bag. When you want to close the bag, just pull the knotted ends in opposite directions.
Wasn’t it easy?
Of course, the age doesn’t matter: any little girl needs some pouches.
I used my Little Wonders pattern; it is so versatile, you learn the easy technique and then you will be able to sew pouches in ANY size you want. Plus – insert the zipper without tabs!
And two pouches for the MOM!
I hope you like my little pretty things; it took me one day, but I quilted everything!
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