After several requests I have happily relented to teach you how to make a drawstring bag. This really is a great craft. I love it for several reasons. First, drawstring bags hold things (suprise!). A drawsting bag is probably the most exciting thing to wrap a gift in. Second, you can make these bags in any size you want...versatility is always to be desired. And third, almost any fabric under the sun will do.
Buckle up...it's about to get crafty crazy around here.
- Fabric cut in a rectangle. The length of the fabric rectangle should be 2 times the height. For example, my fabric piece was 10" long x 5" wide.
- Sting of some kind. I have used jute, yarn, and here I am using baker's twine.
- A sewing machine (you could hand stitch if you don't have a machine)
Step 2: For the second step you will start sewing. The two sides that need to be sewn are the sides that run perpendicular to the fold in your fabric. Meaning, when you sew the sides, your fold will be facing the back of your sewing machine. When both sides are sewn, your rectangle will now be a pouch. **REMEMBER**: do not sew the sides all the way to the other end...leave at least an inch un-sewn (as seen above) because you will need to create a place to feed the twine through.
Step 5: Time to add the drawstring part! It's easiest to feed string or twine through using something solid and pointy, like a pencil or a paintbrush. I used a toothpick. Tie your twine to the end of your toothpick and feed it through one tab on your bag. To pull it all the way through it helps to scrunch the toothpick along.
Step 6: Next, do a U-turn with your toothpick and feed it back through the other tab. Once you have scrunched through the other side, tie a knot with the two ends of your twine.