As back to school comes around, I finally took the time to make something I’ve been thinking about for at least a year – how to sew a drawstring bag in minutes! I often wash apples or pears before we head out for the day on a homeschool fieldtrip but hate to throw them in my grody bag. Now I have a simple way to keep them clean; along with helping to organize everything else that goes into a kid’s backpack or teacher’s tote bag.
I’m including this tutorial in a round-up of back to school sewing projects too so click through and check out all the great patterns & tutorials I found that are perfect for school sewing!
You might be rolling your eyes, like gee a simple drawstring bag tutorial, BUT I couldn’t find one that was exactly what I wanted – no exposed seams! This was the easiest way I could think of to achieve this without adding a lining/a lot of time to the process. I tried to make the photos as simple to follow as possible for beginners, and I think once you’ve sewn 1, you can cut and sew another in 15 minutes!
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How to sew a drawstring bag in minutes
- 1 fat quarter or 1/4 yard of woven cotton
- Twill tape or ribbon
- Iron (my favorite)
- Hem gauge
- Coordinating thread
- Scissors or rotary cutter
Cut two pieces of cotton fabric that are 8″ wide and 10″ tall. If your fabric has a print, make sure it is going the direction you’d like, this tutorial is written with the shorter end on top/a taller bag.
Step 2- Place your two rectanges right sides together and pin or clip the long sides (side L), leave a 2″ gap at the top where you don’t sew. Use 1/4″ seam allowance.
Step 3- Use your hem gauge and fold up the 2″ you left unsewn to have a 1/4″ hem, press.
Step 4- Flip it and now press a 1/4″ hem on the short side (side S). If the corner gets slippery, dab a little glue stick under it and let dry.
Step 5- Press the short side hem you just created up another 1″ and press. Sew along this edge, and then along the top! More views of what that will look like below.
Repeat for the other side. This is what it should look like!
Step 6- Sew the bottom with 1/4″ seam allowance, it should look like the above.
Step 7- Turn right side out and sew 3 sides, starting and stopping at the “cuff”/casing you created, with 1/4” seam allowance. This will encase all the raw seams inside, leaving it looking like the bottom!
Step 8- Cut 1 piece of twill tape that is 24″ long – stamp it or decorate it if you’d like! Then use your bodkin and thread it through both sides. When you pull the tape, it should gather together, and you’re done!