November 28 ~ Drawstring Bags

on November 28 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration | by | with 63 Comments

With Amy’s drawstring variations and Suzanne’s incredible bagsket design you can enclose your gifts with style. Adjust bag and bagsket dimensions to “wrap” anything on your list for an environmentally-friendly (and beautiful) way to give.
We fell in love with Suzanne’s Bagsket Tutorial the moment we first saw it and we’re sure you will too. Visit Suzanne’s blog foofanagle for more crafty goodness!
Drawstring Bags
2011 Update: We compiled some new Drawstring Bag tutorials for you! Enjoy…
Amy has everything covered with her fantastic selection of Drawstring Bag Tutorials (this link explains them all). She has a Simple Drawstring Bag Tutorial, Lined Drawstring Bag and Backpack Variation Tutorial, “Better” Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial, Padded Drawstring Bag Tutorial and the Drawstring Mama Backpack Tutorial all on her blog, happythings.

Pattern Recommendation

If you’d like to try a pattern, we suggest this one:

Ditty Bag

Fabric Recommendations

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for these projects:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice
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More Handmade Holiday ideas:
27 ~ Gifts for Warmth
26 ~ Embellish!
25 ~ For the Kitchen
24 ~ Sachets
23 ~ Soft Toys & Games
22 ~ Fun for Hair
21 ~ Pillows
20 ~ Gifts for Organization
19 ~ Tech Gifts
18 ~ For Baby
17 ~ Purses
16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
15 ~ Warm those Toes
14 ~ Dress the Kids
13 ~ Placemats
12 ~ For the Table
11 ~ Reading & Writing
10 ~ Ties & Belts
9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
8 ~ Whimsy
7 ~ For Your Purse or Pocket
6 ~ Blankets for Baby
5 ~ Tote Bags
4 ~ Lunch Bags
3 ~ For the House
2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
1 ~ Aprons

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63 Responses to November 28 ~ Drawstring Bags

  1. Kari says:

    I loved this whole month of tutorials. There were many I hadn’t seen, and almost all my favorites were included. Thanks!

  2. Lauren S. says:

    the bagset is so pretty!

  3. Brandee says:

    great bag tutorials!

  4. Alissa says:

    I was honestly just surfing the Internet for a drawstring bag tutorial to store some new toys for the kids and here you are, my favorite collection of sewing tutorials with the answer! I am making one for train pieces and parts and another for blocks.

  5. Chantel says:

    I am in serious need of a babysitter~! All these projects are Fab! I started a bookmark section titled Things I want to make! it is HUGE!
    Thanks for all the hard work!

  6. Joy says:

    Can’t wait to make the Bagsket!!! Thanks for sharing as these will make wonderful gifts!!!

  7. Emily says:

    Love it! I must add to my ‘to-do’ list! Em

  8. jenn says:

    Fantastic ideas, this month has been so fun! Thank you all so much!

  9. stéphanie says:

    hummmmm wonderful
    i love it

  10. Jenny says:

    I just LOVE that bagsket!

  11. Dani Perry says:

    Love this one! I have only made the plain jane drawstring bags and for some reason they just did not seem “right”! I need to try my hand at a lined drawstring bag! Thanks so much for all of these great tutorials!!

  12. love it love it love it

  13. Robin says:

    Oh I love love love this! The tutorials this month have been fab – thanks!

  14. The “bagsket” looks like the perfect thing to tote around a knitting project! And it’d be quick to just shove it in there, pull the drawstring, and go!

  15. Samantha says:

    Love the bagsket tutorial! What a cool bag. I’ve bookmarked it. I love the Bedbug bag pattern too. I’ve always wanted to give that one a try.

  16. Kim says:

    I had to go buy some cool new fabric to make a dance bag for my daughter after seeing these bags. Wonderful job gals! You have done well!

  17. Ashley says:

    Love those bags!!

  18. Beth Workman says:

    I’m making lots of little things for my daughter this year: bean bags, felted food, doll clothes, etc.
    Woo-Hoo drawstring bags for everything!

  19. Love the Bagskit. I’ll have to give it a a try.

  20. Libby says:

    I’ve really enjoyed these tutorials. It will be sad when they come to an end. Thank you for all your time and work in putting these together.

  21. adrienne says:

    Lovin’ it! =]

  22. LisaAlso says:

    Don’t end!!! These ideas are too great and I love the fabric suggestions too!

  23. Stacy says:

    I’m excited about the upcoming holidays, but I’m so sad that these wonderful November craft ideas are ending! I discovered this highly addictive website on November 1 and I can’t go to bed at night without checking the idea of the day! Thanks for so many wonderful ideas–how do I choose?!?

  24. Eva Krzeminski says:

    so glad that i found your site! this will keep me sewing not only through november but all of next year 🙂 thank you for putting this together

  25. Lil' d says:

    Thank you, once again.

  26. Natalie says:

    It’s fun seeing familiar bloggers featured in your 30 Days of Gifts to Sew… there are some talented and generous women out there.

  27. Javede says:

    Well, that just reminded me that I have a half finished basket somewhere around here…

  28. Violet says:

    Great tutes today!

  29. Julia D says:

    What a fun way this would be to wrap gifts!!

  30. Serena says:

    Yay for drawstring bags for wrapping gifts!

  31. Carol says:

    Can we all agree that Suzanne and Amy rock? I have an Amy Butler pattern and the fabric already to make a bag of my own, but I’ve been putting other projects ahead of it. Time for me!

  32. aurora fox says:

    I just have to tell you how much I am enjoying your holiday tutorials!!! this blog is one of the first ones I read everyday now–just to see what wonderful project you have highlighted for your readers that day! thanks! ps. I am looking for a good tutorial on how to sew a hot water bottle cozy…?

  33. Vickie says:

    I want to make the bagsket! I love it! Again, I want this gift for mememe!!! Let me see, is there anyone else on my list?!!!
    Thanks again for such great ideas!!!

  34. Carolyn Hendrycks says:

    I’ve made one of the drawstring bags (one of the padded ones) – AWESOME tutorial. The bagsket is next on my to do list.

  35. Kristine says:

    Ah, the Bagsket has been on my to-make list since bag month!

  36. Tammy says:

    Perfect, perfect, perfect! I love the first tutorial! Definitely in my future! 🙂

  37. Angie says:

    Both are very gorgeous and fun bags! I think Kristen’s choice of fabric would be perfect for a little boy’s drawstring bag. Thank you so much for posting these!

  38. renee says:

    I’ve been searching for a tutorial on drawstring bags. Thank you! What perfect timing!

  39. Jean says:

    Yay! I am so glad to have the drawstring backpack to make for my nephews!

  40. Kensie says:

    These are awesome!!!

  41. Missy says:

    A perfect way to wrap gifts!

  42. Isabelle says:

    So pretty!

  43. Claudia~L says:

    I love the bagsket tut, so many things to make – I think I’m into January or February with my list…

  44. stacy says:

    I love the Bagsket!!!! What a cute idea. I need to find more sewing time so I can make one of these.

  45. The fabric in that second picture is so sunny, it makes me want to make one.

  46. Suzanne’s Bagsket Tutorial is simply adorable!!!

  47. andrea says:

    AWESOME! THANKS, a present in a present!

  48. Maxine says:

    What fantastic bags and I agree with the other commenters that they would be ideal for alternative Christmas wrapping. x

  49. i love these!!! the basket one is such a cute idea!

  50. Ekioart says:

    Kristen’s fabric choice is so cute!

    And that drawstring basket combo is adorable. That would make the perfect reusable grocery bag for me. I’m usually rounding my kids into the car, so things toppling out of my bag are an aggrivation. That would curb them!

  51. JenniferB says:

    I love these bags — my girls love to have bags and have never met a bag or purse they didn’t love instantly. These will make easy and much loved Christmas presents!

  52. Lynn says:

    Great bags. A number of years ago I used up some novelty print fabrics and made bags that we have been using as gift wrap for birthdays and Christmas. I need to make some more from some of these designs. Thanks.

  53. alison says:

    These are beautiful tutorials. I think I may add a few for Christmas gift wrapping rather than use paper to wrap gifts. Boy I’d better get my butt in gear, my list of projects keeps getting longer and longer.

  54. Great tutorials! Definitely going to make up a ton of drawstring gift bags this Christmas! I posted several other drawstring bag tutorials on my blog, so go check them out for added inspiration.

    Again, thanks for you continued ideas for making the perfect Handmade Holiday!

    with friendship,

  55. Jay says:

    These are great! Thanks for posting so many awesome ideas this month! It’s been helpful with all the holiday gifts 🙂

  56. Stacy says:

    Fantastic tutorials! Need to try some of these for kids in my life. Thank you!!

  57. melissa says:

    doesn’t the bagsket scream yarn stash??? another thing i want to make for ME! yikes. but i will somehow work it into gift GIVING! i’m anticipating the wellness kit and wondering if this is involved???

  58. Jane B says:

    Love,love,love the bagsket! I will be wipping up several this weekend. Thanks for such great links. I have really enjoyed making some holiday gifts this year.

  59. Karyn says:

    Very environmentally friendly. The unlined drawstring bag is so simple, and I’m sure many of us have tons of fabric scraps to pull from! Another great day of tutorials.

  60. Natalie says:

    These will be perfect to wrap all the gifts I’ve made.

  61. Alison says:

    The Bagsket tutorial looks so great! Thank you so much for gathering this neverending stream of ideas for craftiness. 🙂

  62. Heather B says:

    I can’t believe we are in the final days … I’m going to be lost without my morning inspiration. The drawstring bag is perfect for the hard to wrap gifts/

  63. Yvette says:

    I have had the “bagsket” on my to do list for a while now – thanks for the prompt!

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