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Topic: The easiest drawstring bag ever, with tute.  (Read 3796 times)
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« on: March 20, 2008 01:30:47 PM »

Okay, first of all I am WAY new to sewing (I bought my first sewing machine 3 months ago)... and I have trouble following the insane patterns. My answer to this was to just come up with my own and experiment. So, here's my drawstring bag. I sort of sketched it out, and played with it, and it worked. Very easy, I didn't measure or anything... I just evened my sides up by folding (I know, I know, bad). They turned out way cute. I'll add some other pics after I locate my missing camera.

Here's a pic of the two bags I added as a bonus to the goodies for my felt food swap.

Here are pics of a tute (my first by the way, so be gentle please, Smiley

Step one:

Cut out a square or rectangle piece of fabric. Folded in half (minus a bit on the sides and top for seam allowance and fold) will be the approx size. I made this small cause they were for kiddos. I used the equivalent to less than a fat quarter, but these were just fabric scraps really.

Step two:

Fold the fabric in half, and iron/starch. I found by starching it made things MUCH easier for me.

Step Three:

Fold the corners down to right angles, making sure all the corners match up (folding in half again to check is easy here if you starched the center fold). Pin the fold, starch and iron them down. About an inch from the folds, sew across.

Step Four:

Fold down the top and bottom so the edge is even with the bottom of your triangle (the fold should be in the middle like the dark dotted line). Starch and iron.

Step five:

Cut ribbon (or whatever you want your drawstring to be made of, I found ribbon to be easiest) in two pieces that are three or four inches longer than the width of the bag (from triangle to triangle). Center them on each end, and sew in the center right below your ironed fold.

Step six:

Fold top and bottom as seen in pic.

Step Seven:

Pin the drawstring over to meet in the middle-top (we dont want to sew it, plus it will be easier to do the next couple of steps).
Once pinned, sew across the bottom, from side to side.
Step Eight:

Fold in the middle, right sides together, and pin the sides. Sew the sides, remove the pins, and trim the seam allowances.

Handles could be added to the sides here if one wanted a purse.

Step Nine:

Flip to the right sides, unpin your ribbon and Voila! Drawstring bag.

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2008 04:37:43 PM »

Cute!  thanks for the tute - can never have enough tutorials for cute stuff! Smiley

« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2008 04:48:34 PM »

Cute bags... I too am a newbie to sewing and also obsessed with drawstring bags!  Last weekend I organized my car with them (even my jumper cables have their own bag Wink).  Thanks for the tut!
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2008 05:19:18 AM »

hmm im a newbie too. THanks for the tutorial. Think I will have a go at these myself!

Lisa C
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2008 01:36:31 PM »

that is awesomely easy I will definately use this, you could square off the bottom corners and get bit of a base and a different shape. good job.
« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009 01:56:30 PM »

You have seriously just made my task SO much easier. I don't know why I never thought of this. I am making about 100 little drawstring bags for my wedding. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS TUTE!

« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2009 08:43:32 PM »

Cute idea, and so simply to make.  Thanks for the tute.
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