Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Craft Tutorial: Easy Lined Drawstring Bag

My last giveaway was for a Goody Bag of My Favorite Sewing Supplies, but…there was no actual goody bag! So I quickly sewed one up before I shipped it to Jennifer, our giveaway winner!

Easy Lined Drawstring Bag

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This is a basically a large version of my reversible clean/dirty bag but instead of a loop and button closure, we’re going to fold down the top seam to make a casing for the drawstring.


Here’s how to make an Easy Lined Drawstring Bag.


  • Four rectangular pieces of fabric, cut to size (I based mine on the largest item in my giveaway package).
  • Applique (optional). This was a screen print (using my Simply Screen Kit) of a vintage dress form from The Graphics Fairy, fused with Steam-A-Seam2.
  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon. Length needed is based on the width of your bag. Double that and add some length at the end.
  • Iron and ironing board, sewing machine and thread.


If you’re going to decorate the outside of the bag with an applique or whatever your heart desires, do that first on one of the rectangular panels that you want to be the outside.



Then, sew the two outside panels around 3 sides, right sides together. Make sure your design on the outside is facing the right way! Repeat with the two panels used for the lining of the bag. Then turn one right side out and stuff it inside the other one, so that right sides are facing. Pin the side seams together and sew around the top, leaving a 3-inch hole for turning. Please see my reversible clean/dirty bag tutorial for more details (just omit the button and loop closure part).


Pull the bag out of itself through your turning hole, and push the lining inside the bag. Press the seam flat.


Then, fold over about an inch and crease. This will be your casing, and also creates a pretty contrasting trim on the top of the bag.


Take your ribbon and fold it in half. The opening in the casing will be at one of the side seams. Open up the fold you just ironed and insert half the ribbon flat into the fold, pushing it as far in as you can.


Pin down the ribbon. You don’t want to sew on top of the ribbon. Also, while you sew the casing, you’ll sew the turning hole closed.


Do this all the way around the bag, leaving a length of ribbon equally on either end dangling out one of the side seams. Measure about 1/2 inch on either side of the side seam. This will be your start/stop point for sewing (the pic below is before I’ve measured the 1/2 inch marks!).


Sew down the casing along the edge, catching the turning hole and sewing it closed in the process. (By the way, do you notice the two teal fabrics are different? That’s because I realized I ran out of the one with the black pattern, but not before I fused the applique on it already. So I had to find a similar fabric for the back and that’s what I came up with. Sorry, Jennifer!).


Here’s the casing opening i.e. where the ribbon will dangle out. As mentioned, it is 1/2 an inch on either side of the seam. There’s the mismatched fabric again!


Pull open your bag so it’s fully open and tie a knot at the casing opening. Then tie the two ends together about an inch from the end. And you’re done.


Fill it with giveaway prizes or birthday presents or your current knitting project (yes Mom, I’ll make one for you) or your kiddo’s favorite toys or whatever you like.


Jennifer, your Goody Bag filled with Goodies is on its way!

Linking: The Frugal Girls :: Petite Hermine :: Tip Junkie::Sassy Sites :: Rook No. 17 :: The Trendy Treehouse::Tidy Mom:: Creation Corner :: Whipperberry ::Tatertots and Jello::Lolly Jane Boutique :: Flamingo Toes :: Homemaker on a Dime:: The Gunny Sack :: Love Affair With My Brother :: The Graphics Fairy



  1. Love the Bag!! Can't wait to get it and play with my goodies :D

  2. This is just so sweet-I really love it and totally "need" one:)

    I would love if you linked up at my party this weekend!

  3. This is a really wonderful project, thank you! ~ Janet

  4. Steph, I love the color of the bag, and the detail on your screen print is exquisite. Beautiful!

    Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17! I can't wait to see what you'll bring to the share-nest tomorrow!

    Happy New Year!

  5. LOVE this!! Hoping you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!

  6. Such a cute bag! You never can have enough of these reusable bags around. My kids use them for sleepover, library books, playing in the yard, snow gear and on and on! Thanks for sharing!

  7. sorry, Im lost. When you say "pin the sides and sew the top leaving a 3 inch gap," do you actually mean sew the bottom?? I have two separate bags sewn together

  8. Hi Allison, I am so sorry I did not see your question until now. Sounds like you are at the point where you are sewing the lining to the outside, so you have two bags, right? So one bag is right side out and one bag inside out, and you stuff the right-side-out bag into the inside out bag so the right sides are facing each other.

    Then you pin the top all the way around, matching the side seams. I think that's what I meant by "pin the sides" i.e. pin at the side seams so they line up. But, you will leave a 3-inch gap which will serve as a turning hole. I use my washable ink pen to mark a 3-inch gap along the top edge, to remind me not to sew that. So there will be two marks.

    Then I start at the first mark, sewing all the way around the top edge. Then I stop at the other mark.

    Then you're going to reach into that gap and pull out the bag. You'll essentially have two bags sewn together, top to top. Stuff the lining inside the outside bag. Then press the seam flat, and top-stitch around the top edge, which will close up the gap.

    Now fold down the top edge according to the rest of the directions.

    I hope this helps. Will leave you a note on your G+ page that I've responded to your comment. I have done this with two other bags: my roll-up tote, and my reversible clean/dirty bags. Go to my Tutorials tab and scroll down to find them. They may be further down since these are older tutorials.

    Hope this helps! So glad you are giving this a try!


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