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Make Your Own Drawstring Bag

 drawstring bag and woman with dog holding drawstring bag
Follow our easy guide for creating your very own drawstring bag, perfect for organizing and storing so many items!
By Carmen 2021-11-05

Drawstring bags are great for everyday use to store, organize or collect all your belongings! You can customize your drawstring bag to any shape or size your heart desires. Keep reading to learn step by step how to make your own drawstring bag!

 sewing machine with supplies

First thing first: gather your supplies.

DIY Drawstring Bag Supplies: 

  • Fabric of your choice [I’m using 100% cotton]
  • Sewing Machine (ideally, but a simple needle and thread will work, too)
  • Sewing pins or clips (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Safety Pin
  • Thread and needle 
  • Ribbon [I’m using 1/2 inch wide ribbon] 
  • Personalized labels from Dutch Label Shop

 two identical pieces of fabric for creating diy drawstring bag

Step 1

Start with two identical pieces of fabric. I’m using 10x10 inch square pieces of fabric. Remember your finished product will be smaller than the starting pieces of fabric. Take the raw edge along the right and left side of the bag and fold it in towards the wrong side of the fabric about ¼ inch and stitch. Complete this step for both pieces of fabric as this will prevent the ends from fraying.

 raw edge of fabric folded down to create diy drawstring bag

Step 2

Take the raw edge of the top and fold it down towards the wrong side of the fabric about 1 inch and stitch across using a ¼ inch seam allowance to make the drawstring openings. Repeat on the other piece of fabric.

 two pieces of fabric clipped right-side together to create diy drawstring bag

Step 3

Place the two fabric pieces right sides together, clip into place, and stitch down the edge, across the bottom and up the other edge with a 3/8” seam allowance. Avoid stitching the drawstring opening by starting 1 inch from the top and stopping 1 inch before the top on the other side.

 fabric corners clipped then turned right side out to create diy drawstring bag

Step 4

Clip the corners and turn the drawstring bag right side out. Take a pointed object (e.g. pen, marker, scissors, chopsticks) to help push out the corners.

 Insert the string through the fabric using a safety pin to create a DIY drawstring bag

Step 5

Start on one side of the bag and attach the string (I’m using ribbon) to a safety pin. Insert the string through the drawstring opening at the top and loop it through all 4 holes. Then, start on the opposite side of the bag and repeat with the other string. You want to make sure you have one loop and two ends of the drawstring on each side so that the bag will close when you pull them simultaneously. Tie the two ends together on each side of the bag and pull closed to test your drawstring bag.

 dutch label shop iron-on label attached to diy drawstring bag

Step 6

Find a location to add your personalized iron-on label from DLS!

 woman with dog and diy drawstring bag

And that's it! Congratulations! You just made your own drawstring bag! :) We also have a step-by-step DIY drawstring bag video guide, if you want to follow along.

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