Sewing Drawstring Bags
Beginner | 38 min 22 sec
Drawstring bags are a charming way to present a gift, and they couldn't be easier to make. Ashley Nickels adds a twist to this beginner sewing project by showing you how to finish the inside with French seams, and instead of twine or rope, she shows how to use selvedge trim to create your own drawstring. This customizable bag can be sewn in any size desired.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 1 or 2 fat quarters or 2 matching rectangles of fabric (1 fat quarter makes a 10" x 12" bag; 2 fat quarters makes a 14 ½” x 17 ½” bag)
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Ribbon or 1 ½” selvedge strip that is cut lengthwise to double the width of your bag, plus 4 inches (if using for drawstring)
  • Loop turner (or you can attach a safety pin to the drawstring to thread through bag)
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Sewing machine with presser foot
  • Coordinating thread
  • Scissors
  • Snips
  • Pins
Learn how to:
  • Trim selvedge for drawstrings
  • Construct a bag with French seams
  • Make drawstrings out of fabric
  • Insert drawstrings using a loop turner
  • Finish drawstring ends with a handmade "end pull"
What you'll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on sewing a drawstring bag in any size
  • 5 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Martha C Scott
It would be nice to see her hands doing the ends of the pulls.
January 8, 2023
Tania Powell
Can’t wait to make this bag. Nice clear instructions and appreciate her pace.
December 8, 2022
Angelee Kumar
excellent description of a French seam. A lot of care and planning into making beautiful bags. Good idea shown to have ironing surface nearby the sewing machine.
November 19, 2022