Super quick and easy drawstring pouch tutorial


super quick & easy drawstring

The week before last, I offered to sew 30 calico drawstring pouches for the computer lab at school – for laptop mouses and cords.

This is the technique I used to sew the bags – using one piece of fabric – easy and very quick. If you can sew a straight line on a sewing machine, you can sew one up in under 15 minutes. Perfect for gift giving, or storing odd bits and pieces. Make them small for gifts, or large for toys and sleepover sacks!

Here’s how:

1. Decide on a size for your finished pouch

Add 2cm to the width (for side seam allowances) and 14cm to the length (to allow for the folded section at the opening). You must be able to fit the opening of your pouch around the throat of your machine

My finished pouch measures approximately 15cm wide by 21cm high. I cut my fabric 64cm (25″) by 18cm (7″)

2. Fold fabric in half right sides together. Sew each side seam using a 1cm seam allowance as shown below

Finish raw edge with an overlocker or zigzag stitch if desired

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3. Fold down the opening approx 1cm (1/2″) and press. (This is to enclose the raw edge inside the bag)

4. Fold down the opening again, this time approx 6cm (2 1/2″). Press and ensure side seams match

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Match those side seams and press!

5. Place opening around the throat of your sewing machine as shown below. Sew a straight line around the bag approx 1cm from the edge

When you reach the point where you started, back stitch a few times to secure your stitching

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6. Repeat Step 5 again, this time around 1.5cm from your initial stitching

Your drawstring will be threaded between these two stitching lines, so do not sew them too close together

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7. Trim threads and turn your bag inside out, poking out the corners if necessary. I use a knitting needle – pointy yet blunt = perfect!

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You have a bag!

8. Using a sharp, small scissors (embroidery scissors or thread snippers are perfect) cut two small slits on the outside of the bag between your two stitching lines. Be careful to only cut through the top layer of fabric

One on each side of the side seam. See below for more detail:

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9. Cut 2 lengths of ribbon approx 50cm (20″‘) long. Attach a safety pin to one end and insert through the slit on the right hand side of one of the side seams

Continue around and when you reach the opposite side seam, exit on the left and insert back through the right. Continue again until you reach your starting point. Tie the two ends in a knot

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10. Repeat with the other length of ribbon, but begin on the opposite side seam to before. It can be a bit tricky to wriggle the safety pin around the second time

11. And you’re finished! Now feel free to marvel at how easy that was!

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For a PDF/printer version of the tutorial, please click here

If you’re up for more of a challenge, the customisation options of the drawstring bags are endless! Here are 3 others that I whipped up:

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If you would prefer a lined or more fancy version of a drawstring pouch/bag I recommend these two tutorials which I’ve used the in past, using different techniques:

Hobo Sack at MADE

Pretty Drawstring Pouch at A Spoonful of Sugar

Let me know if you have any questions, or if there’s any glaring errors in the tutorial, I thought about getting my husband to test it out, but decided against it 😉

12 Comments on Super quick and easy drawstring pouch tutorial

  1. Tamala
    February 22, 2014 at 7:00 pm (4 years ago)

    oohh, thanks Bec, I just got my first sewing machine and have been trying to decide on an “easy” project to test it out with, this is perfect! Now to get some fabric and set up my sewing table :)

    • Bec
      February 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm (4 years ago)

      Ooh exciting Tamala!! Give the pattern a shot for sure, you don’t have to be super accurate with measurements etc. so it would be a great tester project. Let me know if you’ve got any queries!

  2. Jenny @ohjoh
    February 22, 2014 at 7:47 pm (4 years ago)

    Love the teeny bunting on the bag. Very cute!

    • Bec
      February 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Jenny! Bunting makes everything cuter :-)

  3. Pips
    February 23, 2014 at 8:10 am (4 years ago)

    Love the idea! Have pinned for future reference. Pips.

    • Bec
      February 23, 2014 at 3:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Pips! I thought at least if I wrote out a tutorial I will remember how I did it next time :-)

  4. Kelly
    February 23, 2014 at 8:13 am (4 years ago)

    OOOwwww loved the simplicity! I agree with Joh I loved the cute little bunting one! I really love your photography as well looks great.

    • Bec
      February 23, 2014 at 3:08 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Kelly!

  5. Leanne
    February 24, 2014 at 9:35 am (4 years ago)

    love it bec, especially the idea for gift bags. Re-usable gift wrap. :) Definitely worth a pin, especially that bunting one.

    • Bec
      February 25, 2014 at 8:20 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks Lee :-)

  6. sher
    May 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm (4 years ago)

    help! my sewing machine doesn’t have a throat D: my machine is the really really old type, not the modern one, so the machine is ‘sticked’ with this huge table, so it doesn’t have that little height to put openings.. help me ;__; (but please don’t tell me to hand sew. my sewing sucks!)