DIY Drawstring Bag


Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer! I am off on my holidays next week and I wanted to whip up a simple drawstring bag to keep everything tidy in my suitcase. I couldn’t find quite what I was looking for online, most of the tutorials had no instructions for finishing the inside cleanly. So I thought I’d write my own! It is really quick and easy and leaves you with a lovely neat finish inside and out.

Let’s get started…


You’re going to need:
– two rectangles of fabric for the body of the bag (mine are 36cm x 30cm)
– two rectangles of fabric for the drawstring casing (mine are 8cm x 30cm)
– two lengths of ribbon double the width of your bag (mine are 60cm long)
– scissors
– pins
– sewing machine
– iron


Step 1: Pin the two large pieces right sides together and pin around three edges, leaving the top open. Sew together using a 1.5cm seam allowance, pivoting at the corners.


Step 2. Using an overlocker or a zigzag stitch, finish the three edges you have just sewn. Don’t clip the corners, we’ll keep these for strength.


Step 3. Finish the short edges of the drawstring casing pieces, and fold these edges in 1.5cm and press before stitching in place.


Step 4. With wrong sides together, fold the casing pieces in half lengthways, and pin to the top of the bag, right sides facing. The raw edges should be aligned at the top. Pin and sew with a 1.5cm seam allowance.


Step 5. Finish the seam allowances all together with an overlocker or zigzag stitch.


Step 6. Press the finished seam allowance down onto to the inside of the bag and press.


Step 7. Pin in place and from the right side of the bag, topstitch around the top of the bag, a few milimetres away from the seam. Similar to an understitch, this holds the seam allowance in place on the inside of the bag.

Step 8. Using a safety pin to help guide it through, insert one length of ribbon in one end, bringing it all the way back through to where it started and tie. Repeat with the other length of ribbon from the opposite side.


And there you have it!


So quick and easy you’ll be whipping them up for the whole family in no time. Make them in all sorts of sizes – great for suitcases, gift bags, tidying children’s rooms, laundry bags, PE kits and much more!

3 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!

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