Simple Drawstring bag

These cute little drawstring bags are useful for carrying any bits and pieces and a great way to show off your favourite fabrics. You can make one using half a metre of fabric, 3 metres of webbing and an afternoon! We used fabrics by Maude Asbury – Best in show

1. cut out the front and back rectangles of fabric. We used 40cm high by 33cm wide. Overlock 3 sides – use zig zag stitch if you don’t have an overlocker.


You need 2 strips of webbing for the side loops, each piece is 7cm long and folded in half will stick out from the finished side of your bag by 2cm. Pin side loops in place – see picture – pin approx 2cm up from the bottom edge of fabric.

2. Place the right sides of the fabric together and stitch using 1cm seam allowance – 2 sides and bottom of your bag, starting approx 6cm down from the top right hand side and leaving the same gap on the left hand side. This gap becomes the channel for your bag straps.


3. Turn bag through to the right side, poke corners out with a chop stick or blunt knitting needle. On the right side of the fabric, stitch your seams down at the top gap to neaten the opening of the strap chanel. See picture.


4. Fold top edges of fabric over 3cm with 1cm tucked under to neaten edge, pin in place.


5. Stitch along neatened edge. Each end should be open to allow the bag strap to pass through.


6. For each bag strap cut a length of webbing 135cm long. Attach a safety pin to one end and thread through side loop then each side of bag opening. Thread one strap through one side then the other. See picture.


7. Pin straps closed by tucking each edge under and pinning together.


8. Then stitch around in a square and a cross shape for strength. See picture



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  1. ANDRIA OLIVER June 4, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    I am a regular customer and have just looked at this ! think I will be making this !!!! brilliant


    1. Thanks Andria! Maybe you could show us when you do 😀


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