This is a very quick and simple bag to make that you can resize to make party bags, toiletry bags and pump bags. (click here for my ‘Shower curtain pump bag/dap bag/swimming bag’ tutorial.) If you make them even bigger you can make Christmas sacks and sleep over sacks.
Here’s how you start…
I make quite a lot of drawstring bags as when a new child starts my Saturday sewing club they get a bag to put their sewing things in each week plus I make party bags for my sons parties and use them all the time in our home. Because of this I have a template that I made from a stiffened pieced of fabric but you could easily use cardboard to make one for yourself. The size I’ve made is 45cms x 34cms.
Put your template on your fabric and pin it in the corners.
Cut round the template.
Here’s your fabric ready to fold, pin and sew.
Put the bag on the ironing board and looking at the rectangle you need to fold the sides (the shorter sides) over 1cms and then iron flat.
Do the same to the other side. This picture shows the sides folded, ironed and pinned.
Sew where you have pinned. I use the edge of the foot as a guide to keep the line of sewing straight.
Here’s the sides sewn.
Now you’re going to fold over the top edge a cm just like you did the sides. Iron flat. Don’t pin though as you’re going to turn it over again.
Fold over the top again this time 2cms. Iron flat and pin.
Pin your folded fabric.
Sew along the folded edge like this.
All sewn! I have used white thread so you can see.
Fold the bag in half so the corners and edges meet and pin.
You’re going to sew the bag up now. Make sure you start where I have pointed. If you start at the top you will sew the drawstring part and your bag won’t work! Sew on the inside of the 1st sewn line (to the left of the white sewn line in the picture) if you don’t then you will see this line when you turn the bag the right way round.
Use your zig zag stitch to seal the edges. I find I wash my bags quite a lot and this protects the seams from fraying.
Here’s the bag all finished.
Turn your bag out the right way. If the corners need help in turning then use a chopstick to push out the fabric or something else that’s pointed but blunt.
To thread your bag use some tweezers and push the cord into the spring part. This will hold the cord as you push it through the channel in the bag. I don’t cut the cord until I’ve threaded the bag so I know I have the right amount. Don’t forget you can use ribbon too if you’d rather.
Pushing the cord through…
Once through trim the cord. I trim it so it’s only just longer than the bag. This is to make sure that once pulled the cord isn’t too long and also it’s safe for little ones as they can’t get it over their heads.
Tie the knot.
Your bag is now finished!
Once you’ve got the hang of them they really don’t take long at all. We use them to hold jigsaw pieces, cars, bits of games etc. My eldest took his collection to school in it to play at playtime and my youngest called it his ‘busy bag’ when we went to friends for coffee and he would pack a few things to take to play with.
Have fun making them!
If you’re wanting something else to make why not try my ‘How to make a simple patchwork tutorial?’ Lots of people have and have made fabulous quilts for this friends, family and home. There are 6 parts and each part has the link to the next one so it’s very easy to follow.