How to Make a Drawstring Bag

on August 21 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 22 Comments

Drawstring bags are so much fun to sew. They’re perfect for Back to School prep, for party favors, for organizing items when you pack, for storing toys and games… They’re versatile, easy to make and it seems you can never have too many! We love to use them to wrap gifts as a beautiful, reusable option for the holidays.

Here are a few of our favorite Drawstring Bag tutorials:

Drawstring Bag by Kitty Baby Love
Lined Drawstring Bag by The Creative Place
“Easy as a Cinch” Bag by Make It and Love It
Reversible Patchwork Bag by Pink Penguin
15 Minute Fat Quarter Drawstring Bag by The Mother Huddle

How do you use drawstring bags? Do you have a favorite drawstring bag tutorial we missed? Tell us in the comments!

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  5. Sheetal says:

    Ayumi’s reversible bag was the first thing I ever made! here tutorials are always so clear with great pictures!

  6. Katrina H says:

    Those are some super cute bags!

  7. Kara Kelso says:

    Awesome post! I’ve been looking for some easy gift bag patterns, and haven’t totally settled on one I like 100% just yet. I hope I’ll find a good one in here, but more specifically one that doesn’t require a sewing machine (I much prefer to hand sew!).

    Thanks for the patterns!

  8. Tara says:

    Must confess that everyone needs at least a drawstring bag. Fun and easy to make

  9. Jlwhite says:

    I am planning a couple of these for my boys’ endless collections of treasures! Pinecones, rocks, pennies…

  10. Lori says:

    Love this pattern. Will use denim fabric for an outdoors look.

  11. Kristen says:

    Drawstring bags are also good for trick-or-treat bags. For any of those super organized people who are already planning Halloween costumes, it’s fun to have a matching bag!

  12. Jacque says:

    I love the reversible drawstring bag!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I think I’m going to make some of these for Christmas gift wrapping, instead of paper. How cute would they be for small gifts for kids?

  14. I use a drawstring tutorial from a Sewing with Nancy book. They are perfect for storing my son’s small toys in. I have also made them for treat bags for birthday parties. I love all these tutorials – the bags are so cute!

  15. Nik Kamisah says:

    Such a practical drawstring bag and it suits the young active generation..and it is sweet and unique if we can sew colourful beads or put handmade embroidery on it!

  16. Shirley Clark says:

    I love making these. I made some for my grandsons using superhero fabric. They loved them!

  17. Mamima says:

    Our kids love drawstring bags they are always carrying one with dolls, cars, books and a lot of diferent toys. We like to make a modified version of the Reversible Patchwork Bag by Pink Penguin and we are inspired by the Lined Drawstring Bag by The Creative Place. Thanks for sharing these great ideas.

  18. Otilia says:

    How interesting! I am so useless when it comes to sewing!

  19. cwalkden says:

    Lovin all these – can’t wait to make some for my daughter and her friends!

  20. patricia says:

    I love drawstring bags. I have made them as my wrapping of choice for that ecofriendly gift wrapping..The best part is that you can size them to fit your package, add a pocket here and there, make them double duty with a beautiful lining,,they are a creative canvas waiting for ones creative options… Great variations here..Thanks for the reminder to start sewing for the holidays!!! and for school openings…

  21. Esther says:

    Oh, love this post! I want to make some drawstring rucksacks for my niece and nephews for Sinterklaas and this will be a lot of help 🙂

  22. Mamima says:

    We love the the Drawstring Bag we usualy make one of these bags to carry on our dolls and monsters.
    The Reversible Patchwork Bag by Pink Penguin is also my favourite Drawstring Bag tutorials.

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