Published on January 30th, 2012 | by Julie Finn3
How-to: Sew an Even Easier Drawstring Bag
I sew a lot of little drawstring bags, dozens at a time for my etsy shop, one or two every time a new mismatched set of chess pieces or Bella Sera trading cards presents itself as a storage problem, a couple every weekend, it seems, to package the gifts for the endless parade of children’s birthday parties that my daughters attend.
When I sew a lot of something, and often, I’m always trying to refine my methods. In particular, although I create my drawstring bags using my own simple drawstring bag tutorial, the casing is fiddly to sew when the bag opening is smaller than the sewing machine’s free arm (as it always seems to be, sigh), and opening a couple of stitches in the seam to thread the ribbon through requires careful attention for a moment, causing me to miss some conversation in the Fringe episode that I’m trying to watch while I sew, and a double-drawstring enclosure keeps items contained more securely than a single drawstring does, keeping all those chess pieces from falling out when their bag is hurled by an angry child at her sister’s head.
In the year since I crafted my first drawstring bag tutorial, I’ve refined it to correct these fiddly bits and to make the bag even quicker and easier to sew. Read on for the quickest, easiest, drawstring bag tutorial that you’re ever going to find:
I still use the same bits from my fabric stash to sew my drawstring bags, and the same sizing standards, although these days it’s a package of U.S. presidents flash cards that I place narrow side on the fold and cut around to make a drawstring bag the perfect size for birthday candles or Beyblades.
After you’ve cut out your fabric but before you sew up the two long sides of your drawstring bag, however, fold each of the two short sides of your fabric down a half-inch to an inch (depending on whether your drawstring is going to be narrow or wide), and stitch it down. you’ll be left with a narrow tube, open at each end, running across both short sides of your fabric. This will be the drawstring casing.