Accessories double drawstring bag tutorial (5 of 5)

Published on January 30th, 2012 | by Julie Finn


How-to: Sew an Even Easier Drawstring Bag

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double drawstring bagsI 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:

sew the casing before you sew up the sides of the drawstring bagI 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.

At this point, if you want to add an applique, or freezer paper stencil, or any cute embellishments to your drawstring bag, do it now, before the bag is sewn up and it becomes more fiddly to do.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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