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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! You’ll also love how much fun it is to design your own custom fabric using DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint.

Unlike regular acrylic craft paints, DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paints are designed to remain soft, flexible and durable once used on fabric.

When making your own painted fabrics, you’ll need a few tips and inspiration.

  • A medium-weight canvas fabric works great for painting your own designs
  • You can use dry brushing or paint rollers to create a variety of textures.
  • Create your own stamps to create custom patterns

As you can see in the Facebook Live video below, it’s very easy to make your own stamps as long as you have the right supplies! Unlike traditional paper stamping, fabric stamping requires a few essential tools that you can use again and again in creative ways.

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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4 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.

  2. I have learned some options for sewing a drawstring bag! Thanks for letting us know about these tips those are really easy and comfortable making a drawstring bag. But sewing craftwork needs a lot of attention while sewing something. But you should take enough preparation to have a try at home.I will also have a try after playing this Gamblizard – new casino offers so many things with extra bonus that could bring a big change in your life!Thanks for this wonderful article.

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