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Whether you’re looking to wrap gifts or create a custom travel bag, you are going to love how easy it is to sew your own drawstring bag! For this project I painted some designs onto plain white canvas…but you can also use one of the many fabrics available at JOANN!

WATCH HERE for the video tutorial!

Supplies for fabric stamping:

Once you have your created your DIY fabrics, you’ll want to transform them into something beautiful. A handmade drawstring bag is the perfect option for reusable gift wrap. For instance, you can use it to gift treats or jewelry and the recipient can keep it as a keepsake for years to come!

How to Sew A Drawstring Bag


Use stamps and DecoArt Fabric Paint to stamp your design onto a piece of fabric measuring 7″ x 20″. After that, you’ll want to allow it to dry completely.


Fold in 1/4″ on the long edges as shown and iron into place. Therefore, ensuring the the sides of the bag don’t have any exposed raw edges. Then use a hot iron to heat set the fabric paint.


Fold and press the top and bottom edges as shown. After that, stitch into place along black lines shown.


Fold in half with right sides facing and create the side seams by sewing up the edges along black dotted lines shown in the image above. Stop sewing and backstitch when you reach the top folds.


Turn the bag right side out. Then use a safety pin and ribbon to create the drawstring pull. Your fabric gift bag is now complete! This simple project is great for beginner sewers. In other words, you have NO excuse to not try this!

To amp up the sustainability of your gift giving, why not add on a reusable gift tag?! By laminating a paper gift tag, you can create a durable gift tag that can be used year after year. Simple write the name using a wet erase marker. Then you can change the name when you need to.

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29 thoughts on “How to Sew a Drawstring Bag

  1. I’m sorry to ask this question and I’m sure yall will get a good laugh….. but could you further explain the safety pin and ribbon part for the draw string. I really really want to make these. And thanks for sharing your talents with me.

    1. Attach the safety pin the the ribbon & thread it through the casing at the top of the bag (the folded over part). The safety pin makes it much easier (or maybe possible at all) to thread it through. 😀

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  5. I’ve learnt a few different ways to sew a drawstring purse! Thank you for sharing these tips for constructing a drawstring bag; they are very simple and convenient.

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  10. The instructions presented are quite clear and understandable. The steps are shown in such a way that they can be easily followed. Camera angles and close-ups allow viewers to see the sewing process up close. This is also especially useful for beginners. This content seems to be a nice resource that can help with sewing shirred bags. It will come in handy for designing and sewing your own bag. I will definitely try.

  11. Decorations that match your style can be customized by adding pockets or using different fabrics. This basic pattern can be adjusted in size and shape to suit your needs. Looks great.

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