Drawstring bags are one of the simplest things to make and they are super versatile. Big or small, they can be used as a backpack or as gift bag. I made this one inspired on Disney’s film Tangled in just about 1 hour.
Keep reading for a little tutorial.
These are the supplies you’ll need:
- Purple fabric
- Yellow felt
- Steam-a-Seam or similar two face sticky sheet
- A piece of lace, cord, rope, string, etc.
- Decide the size of your bag. Once you know how big you want it, cut two pieces of fabric and sew along 3 of the 4 sides, right sides together. (You can also cut just 1 piece of fabric twice your desired length and fold it in half to avoid sewing the lower edge of the bag. In fact, that’s what I did. I’m all about saving… 🙂
- Fold the unsown edge of your fabric about 3 cm. This is where you’ll insert your cord, lace, or whatever you are going to use to close your little bag, so the width of this part will depend on how thick your cord is.
- Sew all around the folded part, leaving a 5 mm seam allowance. If your bag is smaller than your sewing machine foot structure, you should sew this gap for the cord BEFORE joining the two sides of the bag (step 1).
- Make a second seam considering the width of your cord plus a little bit more (you’ll appreciate that extra space when doing step 9). In my case, it was about 1 cm from the previous one.
- For the Rapunzel sun, print your design and trace it into your Steam-a-Seam paper. You can find plenty of free drawings to use as stencils in Google images. Peel one of the sides of the sticky sheet and iron the drawing into a piece of yellow felt.
- Once it’s well stuck, you can start cutting out the pieces and sticking them in place on top of your bag.
- Iron it using ALWAYS an old cloth or a sheet of oven paper in between to protect your iron from the glue.
- Cord time! Using an unstitcher or sharp scissors, make a hole between the two seams. There are probably better ways to do this, but this works just fine for me.
- With the help of a safety pin, pass your cord aaaall the way through the little tunnel you just created until it emerges from the hole again. This may take a little bit of patience especially if the “tunnel” is not wide enough.
And voilà! Here you have your finished bag.
I’ve used mine to store the clothespins so I’ve hanged it from the clothes rack to have them at hand.