How To Make A Drawstring Bag

A drawstring bag comes in handy especially when you want to put all your essentials for the day in one place. Children and teenagers can use it for multiple purposes such as classes, picnics, painting sessions, etc. This useful bag is quite easy to make as well which is why it could a great option for a beginner-friendly sewing project.

With just a few supplies, you can make drawstring bags customized to your favorite colors and prints. Without further ado, let’s see how you can easily make a drawstring bag. 

Tools & Materials Required to Make a Drawstring Bag

  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Cutting mat
  • Ruler
  • Rotary Cutter
  • 0.5 yard of preferred fabric (fabric A) 
  • 0.5 year of second preferred fabric (fabric B)
  • 0.125 yard of third preferred fabric (fabric C)
  • 1.67 yard of thin rope or cotton cording
  • Fabric turning tube
  • Tape
  • Thread
  • Large safety pin
  • Pins

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

Step 1: Cut the Pieces of Fabric

Place the fabric on a plain surface, and put the ruler on top. Now run the rotary cutter on the fabric to cut the fabric as per the following measurements:

  • Cut 2 outside pieces measuring 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches from fabric A
  • Cut 2 lining pieces measuring 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches from fabric B
  • Cut 2 drawstring channel pieces measuring 12.5 inches x 12.5 inches from fabric C

Step 2: Sort the Drawstring Channel Pieces

Now, take the channel pieces and double-fold the ends to form a 0.25-inch hem. Staying 0.125 inches away from the fold, sew the folded hem

Step 3: Pin and Stich the Outside, Lining, and Channel 

Next, pin both the layers of fabrics for one side of the drawstring bag. To do so, place Fabric A on a smooth surface facing the right side on top. Then, place the channel fabric on this fabric to align the raw edges of the channel fabric with the top edge of fabric A. Finally, place fabric B facing the backside on top. 

Once, all the three pieces are aligned, pin them, and sew with a 0.25-inch seam allowance. Repeat the process for the remaining pieces and keep the corner of the seams open.

Step 4: Assemble the Sides for the Drawstring Bag

Placing lining with lining, and outside with outside, pin the two sides of the fabrics. Now align the center seam and mark a point where a 3-inch opening should be left on the lining. Finally, stitch all around the four sides of the fabric by keeping a 0.25-inch seam allowance. Make sure backstitching is done on the openings of each side.

Step 5: Create a Boxed Cut-Out on the Bottom Corner

This step is relevant if you want your drawstring bag to have a boxed bottom. To create so, take a sewn piece and cut out a 2.5 inch square on each corner. It’s alright that you’ll be cutting through the seams because the next steps will secure it again. 

Step 6: Align the Side Seam and the Bottom Seam and Stich them 

Next, align the raw edges of the side seam and the bottom seam at each of the cut-out corners of the base fabric. Keeping 0.25-inch seam allowance, stitch across from folded corner to folded corner. Finally, secure the seams by sewing over the cut seams.

Step 7: Turn the Bag Inside Out and Sew the Lining Closed

You’re almost at the end of your sewing process so turn the unfinished drawstring bag inside out and stitch the opening in the lining closed. You can hand-sew the opening with a ladder stitch closed with a 0.125 inch from the edge of the lining, and this will create an invisible seam. However, it wouldn’t matter because this lining will be inside the bag. 

Step 8: Bring the Cording or the Thin Rope through the Channel 

Now it’s time to make your sewn drawstring bag functional by bringing the cording through the channel. Before you do so make sure that you tape each end of the cording or rope so that it doesn’t shred while you’re trying to draw it through the channel. You can use a large safety pin and put it through one end of the rope and use the safety pin as a guide to push the rope through the channel.

Step 9: Tie the Drawstring 

Now that you have two ends of the rope outside the channel, you can remove the tape, securely make knots on both ends and tie the drawstring. Voila! You have your drawstring bag ready.

For a better understanding of how to make a drawstring bag starting from sewing each part to finishing the actual product, you can check out this super easy tutorial. 

What are the Most Common Ways you can Use Drawstring Bags?

At the Gym 

Drawstring bags are great to carry your gym clothes, towels, shoes, etc. These are simple bags with no compartments so you can easily dump all your dirty clothes in the washing machine as well as the bag itself after the gym.

For the Outdoors

People who are spontaneous and adventurous can easily grab all their essentials and throw them in a drawstring bag to go for a hike, bike riding, or just wandering in the woods. 

For Fundraising

Organizations or institutions can use drawstring bags with their logos to promote any event or service they’re providing. It’s a great way to publicize something as the users will carry around the drawstring bags to show support for the particular event, product, or service.


With the easy tutorial demonstrated in this article, you should be able to make a drawstring bag (or multiple ones) with your favorite fabric, color, patterns, etc. So, go ahead and get the supplies to start making your customized drawstring bag today!