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DIY Drawstring Bag

The perfect first sewing project, the Drawstring Bag is your gateway into the sewing world, as well as being a super useful item to own! Make one for yourself to keep special items in check, or make them for friends and family to spread the sewing love!

Drawstring Bag in floral pattern - Sew Over It

A great opportunity to practise your machine sewing techniques, the Drawstring Bag is a useful project that’ll start your sewing journey.

Drawstring bag in a vibrant map fabric - Sew Over It

Click here to download the PDF pattern and instructions, to get started!

Easy drawstring bag pattern - Sew Over It

Need a bit of help choosing fabric? Why not get one of our Drawstring Bag kits instead? You’ll get the fabric and piping cord sent to you in the post, and the PDF pattern emailed directly to you.

Whether you’re wanting to sew a drawstring bag for your child’s PE kit, as handy food storage bags for potatoes and onions, or you want to use the handmade bags as sustainable Christmas gift wrapping, learn how to sew a Drawstring Bag with this helpful pattern and kit.

Grab some extra tips by watching our recent live sewalong, as Lisa guides you through how to make this super speedy drawstring bag:

The drawstring bag is an easy-to-make project for sewing beginners and a great make to start with if you want to learn how to sew. With clear instructions on how to make a drawstring bag, you’ll have made one in no time at all!

20 thoughts on “DIY Drawstring Bag”

  1. Alisa M says:

    I’m going to make so many of these. They are so cute and can be made for anyone.

  2. Karen Eastwood says:

    Super easy to make. I made 6 in one evening!
    I made them out of nylon type fabric for reusable vegetable bags.
    Thank you for the pattern.

    1. Alex - Sew Over It says:

      Aw yay that’s so fantastic to hear!

  3. Joanne says:

    I will be making these in Christmas fabric as they are ideal for me to put gifts in.

    1. Alex - Sew Over It says:

      Ah yay that’s brilliant! So glad it was helpful!

  4. Hannah says:

    Loved making these for my nephews. I added on a letter to personalise them, and some wooden beads on the draw strings! Thank you

    1. Alex - Sew Over It says:

      Oh those are so sweet!

  5. Amy says:

    My dad has asked me to make a bag like this to store his head phones which are 20cm x 20cm – what measurements for the fabric would you suggest?

    1. Alex - Sew Over It says:

      It’ll also depend how deep they are. I’d recommend laying some fabric over them and using that to help you work out how wide and long it needs to be. Then adding seam allowance, plus a little bit of ease so he can easily get them in and out of the bag. Hope that helps!

  6. Cybèle de Jong says:

    This pattern is perfect for storing our uniforms when travelling to and from work. I’m a healthcare worker and in the current crisis we are required to change at work. I’d been trying to work out a pattern in my head for a drawstring bag that can go straight in the washing machine. I might well be making this one this afternoon!

  7. Jeanette says:

    I made 44 laundry bags for local nurses ‘ uniforms – the whole lot goes in the wash.

  8. Rach says:

    Great make! I’ve made a couple for my daughter as washbags for her uniform – she’s a vet nurse and needs to keep working during lockdown, but also needs to stash and wash her uniform separately to the rest of the laundry…these are a cute way I can help out, so THANK YOU!

  9. Jon says:

    Thank you for these instructions. It was pretty simple, even for somebody who’s never sewed anything before! I needed something to keep my laptop’s headphones tidy whilst working from home and this was ideal. This isn’t going to be the last thing I make during lockdown.

    1. Alex - Sew Over It says:

      Ahh fantastic! Well done, it looks great!

  10. Sandra says:

    What width ribbon should I buy please?

    1. Alex - Sew Over It says:

      Totally up to you! Most standard ribbon widths will work – it depends on personal preference 🙂

  11. Olivia Hoddy says:

    How do I see the casing pieces on to the top of the bag without seeing the top of the bag together?

    1. Alex - Sew Over It says:

      You shouldn’t be pinning the casing to both layers – just one casing piece pinned to either side of the top edge. Then you can sew around the whole top edge in one go, attaching both casings. Hope that helps!

  12. Julie says:

    Great pattern. I made one to put my bbq accessories in. Didn’t have any ribbon but used some cord from an old GAP shopping bag. They are so useful and easy! Will definitely do more.

  13. Maili Konczak says:

    Thank you for this pattern, it’s so easy to make. I’ve been making little bags to go with the masks I’ve made, so that they can go in the bag and then in the wash without being touched.

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