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Monday, June 8, 2015

How to Make a Drawstring Bag - Beginner Sewing Project

These little bags sew up quick and they are ideal for a beginning sewer.  If you feel sewing is intimidating, this is the perfect project for you. All the seams are simple straight lines and you only need a few supplies. You can even use fat quarters for these fun bags. I taught a group of 12-13 year old girls how to make these bags, some of which had never sewn before. You can do this too! I'll walk you though each step.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

You will need:
12" X 14" piece of fabric
4" X 4" piece fabric for applique
wonder under or heat n bond
safety pin
sewing machine
cookie cutter {to use as a stencil for your applique}

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

How to Sew a Drawstring Bag

Begin with your 12" X 14" piece of fabric.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Fold and press 1/4" down from long 14" side.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag
Fold and press another 1" on same side. This will make the pocket for the drawstring. For now, unfold the folds.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Fold your piece of fabric in half with right sides together. It should be folded so it's 12" X 7".

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

 Sew along the bottom and side. Leave an opening from 1 1/4" and 1 3/4" from the top edge.

**Now that we're sewing, a quick word about back stitching. Typically when sewing projects you will want to start and end each seam with a back stitch. To do a back stitch you begin sewing for about 1/2 inch. Then reverse and go backwards over your stitching for 1/2 inch. Then sew to the end of your seam and backstitch again. This basically knots your thread so that it won't come undone. **

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Clip the corner.

Fold over the previously pressed area - make sure to keep the seam allowance spread open so that you can thread the string through.  Yeah....I learned this the hard way.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag
 Now sew along the bottom edge of the top fold, as pictured above. Make sure not to sew your bag closed!

Now let's make the drawstring. 

I opted to use yarn instead of cord since I had it on hand.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Cut 3 pieces of yarn 20" long. Knot one end. Braid and knot the other end. Using a safety pin, thread the yarn through opening in the bag. Knot together the two ends of yarn. {I untied the previous knots.}

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

How to add an applique

You could stop there, but I wanted to personalize the bags a little. I grabbed some cookie cutters to use as stencils.

How to add an applique
 Iron Wonder Under to a small piece of fabric. Trace the desired shape onto the paper. Cut out and remove paper backing. Place on bag and iron into place.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag
There you have it, a fun little drawstring bag. These would be perfect little car bags for kids, just put a mini coloring book and some crayons, or little notebook and pencil. What would you use your bag for?

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