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Monday, April 9, 2018

Sew Your Own Drawstring Project Bag

A free picture tutorial

Every once in a while I get the itch to sew something on the sewing machine. Lately I have been making these drawstring project bags. They are the perfect size for holding a one skein project like  a hat or cowl. It's been a good way to use up my scraps and they are keeping my wips organized.

Let's see how I make them


  • 2- 8 by 9 in jean material with 2 inch notches cut out on the 8 inch sides
  • 4- 9 by 10 in pieces for the out side and lining of the bag
  • 16 by 4 fabric matching the lining fabric for the drawstring top
  • ribbon for drawstring
  • large bead or button
  • optional- jean pocket and other embellishments
  • sewing machine
  • sewing thread 
  • pins 

sorry this one is so blurry 

The first thing I do is sew the bottoms and sides together making sure the right side are facing each other. I also like to make a running stitch down the seam for a nice finish. Optional sew the pocket onto the front of the bag.

At this point you will have your outside and inside

Next sew the sides of the bag together. On one of the sides of the lining leave a 3 inch hole so you can turn it right side out later. 

Sew the bottom together to look like the picture above. This will give your bottoms a nice level place to sit. 

Put the lining and outside together with the right sides facing together. This picture is actually wrong. You want the lining on top so you can pull your fabric through the hole. 

Turn the bag right side out so that it looks just how you want it to look like. Sew together the hole in the lining with a wip or ladder stitch. Sew a hem on each of the 4 inch sides of the 4 by 16 inch piece of fabric. fold it over like basting tape and then pin it around the top of the bag leaving the openings on the side seam of the bag. Sew the drawstring flap to the bag.

Add the ribbon to the bag using a safety pin to push it through  to the other side. String the large bead or button through both ends of the ribbon. Then add a knot to the ribbon ends to close in the button. 

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