10 minute drawstring bag tutorial

I made these bags as part of my Craft Hope 11 project.  They're fast, easy, and simple to make assembly line style. 

You can easily change the size of this bag.  The dimensions I use are big enough to fit a gallon Ziploc bag inside, but make them as big or small as you'd like. 

You'll need:

12.5 x 30 inch piece of fabric (tear fabric on the grain to make it go faster)
2 pieces of ribbon, less than 1 inch wide, 25 inches each

Iron the fabric and serge/finish all 4 edges.

On each short side's wrong side, draw a line 2 inches from the edge with a disappearing ink pen.

Iron, wrong side to wrong side, so the edge meets the line. 

Sew closely to the serged edge, being sure to back stitch.  This will make the channel for the ribbon.

Fold fabric in half, right sides together, so the two channel edges meet.  Iron and sew, being sure not to sew the channels shut.

Turn bag right side out. 

Pin a safety pin to one end of the ribbon and feed it through one channel.  Do the same for the other side.

Cinch the bag together and tie the ribbons. 

That's it!  A drawstring bag in about 10 minutes!

ps.  The Pleated Poppy giveaway ends today...go here if you haven't entered yet. 


  1. So ummm I love how you make this look so easy : ) Once I take my sewing machine outta the box maybe I'll attempt them. Baby steps right?!

  2. So darn cute! If only I could sew.:(

  3. You did all that in 10 minutes?

    Can you PLEASE come over and show me how to turn my sewing machine on :-)

    Anyway, they are adorable!

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  4. Easy and came out so cute! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Love these,they're be perfect gift party bags.

  6. I know this post is a little old, but I LOVE that fabric!! Can you share your fabric sources?


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