Last year I showed you how to make simple, unlined drawstring bags, with French seams. Today's tutorial for an unlined drawstring bag is even easier.
- Any reasonably sturdy fabric, but not too thick. Quilting cotton is fine. I made my bags with a linen / cotton blend.
- Cord or ribbon for the drawstrings. This post might give you some ideas - Creative, Money Saving Ideas for Drawstring Cords
Make the bag any size you want. I made two bags...
- Two pieces of fabric: 13" x 11" (33cm x 28cm) + two pieces of cord, each 25" (63cm)
- Two pieces of fabric: 17" x 12" (43cm x 30cm) + two pieces of cord, each 30" (76cm)
Instructions:All seams are ⅜" (1cm).
- Cut fabric to size.
- Individually neaten (zig zag or overlock) three edges. No need to neaten the top edge. Don't sew the two pieces of fabric together when neatening.
- Measure 2.5" (6cm) from the top edge and mark.
- Repeat for the second side.
- Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together.
- Starting at the first mark, sew down one side seam, across the bottom, and up the second side, stopping at the second mark.
- Backstitch when stopping and starting.
- Fold the top edge over ¼".
- Stitch or press.
- Finger press the un-sewn seam edges flat.
- Sew a line of stitching to hold them in place.
- Reinforce the top of the seam with a line of stitching.
This is what it will look like from the right side.
- Fold the top edge over with a 1" (2½cm) hem.
- Finger press or press.
I didn't need to use any pins while sewing this bag. If you find you need to pin the hem...
- baste (hand sew with a long stitch)
- remove pins
- stitch hem with machine
- remove basting
OR... if you leave the pins in while sewing, keep them well away from the presser foot. Do NOT sew over them!
Box the corners...
- Measure 1" (2½cm) from the corner seam (don't measure from the edge of the fabric) in both directions.
- Put a mark to show where 1" (2½cm) is. You will have two marks for each corner.
- Pull out the sides of the bag.
- Place one seam on top of the other seam.
- Put a pin through the top mark. If the pin comes out through the mark on the other side, the boxed corner will line up.
- If the pin is not coming out through the mark on the other side, reposition the fabric until it does.
- Remove the pin and hold in place.
- With a ruler, draw a line over the mark and across the fabric.
- Sew across the line.
- Cut the fabric and neaten.
- Repeat for the other side.
- Turn right side out.
- Using a safety pin, thread the first cord through the entire drawstring casing. Both ends of the one cord will come out of the same opening.
- Repeat with the second cord and the second opening.
- Knot the ends of each cord.
That's all there is to it - a super quick and easy project and probably the easiest drawstring bag I've ever made.
I don't know about you, but I don't think you can have too many drawstring bags. I use them for holiday packing, gift bags, wine bottle bags, ice brick covers, handbag tidies, makeup brushes - the list is endless.
If you're a fan of drawstring bags, what do you use them for?
For more drawstring bag tutorials...
- Small Drawstring Gift Bag with Boxed Corners
- Rounded Bottom Drawstring Bag - my Mum still uses this one
- Small Lined Drawstring Bag
- Drawstring Bag to hold a French Knitting Kit
- Fabric Basket with Drawstring Closure - the kids use these as craft baskets
- Simple Calico Drawstring Bags
- Drawstring Shoulder Bag - this one is mine
- Selvedge Fabric Drawstring Bag - stops small things getting lost in my handbag
- Kite Bag
- Denim Jeans Drawstring Bag
- Lined Patchwork Drawstring Bag
- Shirt Sleeve Drawstring Bags
- Denim Drawstring Bag
- Sewing Basket - my favourite drawstring bag yet
For more ideas and inspiration, check out my Drawstring Bags board on Pinterest, and also the Drawstring Bags link party here at Threading My Way.