This is a very simple tutorial for a draw-string bag. This bag is good for holding toys, toiletries for traveling, craft materials, or even school supplies that like to get lost in your child’s backpack! These make great, inexpensive gifts! In fact, you can use bandannas which are only a dollar a piece! It’s great for beginners to practice sewing. The bag can be made in less than an hour.
Scissors or rotary cutter
Fabric (two pieces of bandannas work excellent!)
rope or ribbon (the ribbon I used was a little too wide, if you choose ribbon, go with something a little thinner)
Begin by cutting your fabric. You will need two pieces that measure 12″ x 16″.
Place the fabric face down. Turn the seam on the short side of the fabric 1/2″ toward the wrong-side of the fabric and press. This will be the top of your bag.
Repeat that step again so you will have a neat hem at the top of your bag.
Do this for both pieces.
Press the pieces with an iron.
Pin the seam (if necessary) and sew along the bottom edge of the hem. Do this for both pieces of fabric.
Place both pieces right-side facing each other.
At both edges, measure 2″ from the edge of the bag and mark it with your fabric pen. This will be the section you will add the draw-string for the bag.
Pin the bag together at the edges starting where you marked 2″ from the top and sew (leaving a 1/2″ to a 1″ seam along the edge) I made this bag with a wider seam because the bag is for my son who wants to put his heavy trains and cars in the bag. I will add a zig-zag seam behind my straight seam because I do not have a serger! This will make the seam more sturdy!
Once you have finished sewing the edges of the bag, you will begin on the tube for the draw-string. Turn the top edge of the bag over 1″ so that it meets the 2″ mark you made earlier. Press with an iron and pin if necessary
Then you will sew along the bottom edge, forming a tube. This is where you will insert the draw-sting or ribbon. Note: When getting to the two edges where the fabric meets, fold the seam over to one side so that it doesn’t bunch. Do this for both sides.
With the bag still inside-out, measure 2 1/2″ from bottom corner of bag and mark a dot with your fabric pen. Turn the bag over and mark the opposite side the same way.
Then pinch the dots with your fingers and pull the corners apart. Press flat with an iron. Then sew a straight line from one dot to the next, folding the seam to one side. Note, be sure to fold the seam in the same direction for the other corner.
Once you have sewn the corner flat, cut the excess leaving a 1/2″ seam. Press with an iron.
This is how the corner will look when right-side out.
Cut two pieces of ribbon 36″ long
Pin a safety pin to the end of one piece of ribbon and feed it through the tube of the bag so that both ends stick out of one side of the bag. Do the same thing with the second ribbon, so that the ends of the ribbon are on the other side of the bag.
Tie the ribbon in a double-knot at the end.
Burn ends of the ribbon so they do not frey.
Turn bag right-side out, and you are done! Enjoy!