How To Make A Lined Drawstring Bag

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Christmas is coming, and if you are anything like me you really want to be less wasteful this year. I find that a  large part of the waste with Christmas or birthdays is wrapping paper. So this year I plan to give more reusable wrapping. Here are two methods on how to make a lined drawstring bag, which is the perfect way to wrap your gifts.

How To Make A Lined Drawstring Bag

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The brilliant thing about these bags is that you can make them in any shape or size to match your present. And they can be personalised too by choosing a fabric that the recipient will love.

You will need

Items that you will need to make a lined drawstring bag

  • Fabric for both outer and lining – find Disney cotton fabric here (but please note – these are personal use only)
  • Measuring and cutting equipment. I use my quilting square and rotary cutter.
  • Matching thread
  • Some ribbon or cord for the drawstring.
  • A sewing machine
  • Scissors and pins, plus a safety pin or bodkin for inserting the cord/ribbon into the casing at the end

All seam allowances are 1cm unless stated. 

Method 1

Cut 4 pieces of fabric the same size – 2 outer and inner layers. On all four pieces, mark a place about 3cm from the top at both sides. Right sides together start at one of these marks and sew down the long edges and across the bottom of inner and outer layer as shown in the diagram. Remember to backstitch at both ends.

Method 1 part 1 - sewing a drawstring bag

Then, press the seam allowance open at the sides of each layer. This gives you a v-shape – see picture. Sew around this v-shape – and repeat the other 3 times.

Method 1 part 2 - sewing a drawstring bag

Next, turn the inner layer inside out and place inside the outer layer so that WRONG sides are together. Turn over the top of the bag twice at both sides to create a casing and hide the raw edges. Sew as close to the casing edge as possible. Then use a safety pin or bodkin to thread cord or ribbon through this casing. If you wish, thread another piece from the other side. Though your casing may not allow that. And you have a finished drawstring bag!

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Method 2

As with method 1, cut 4 pieces of fabric the same size, two outer and two lining. This time, right sides together sew around the two long and base edges of both pieces, but leave a gap around 10 cm in one of the long sides of the lining layer. Then turn the lining inside out, and place lining inside the outer layer. This means that the bag layers are RIGHT sides together. Pin at the side seams and around the top edge of the bags.

Sewing a drawstring bag - method 2 part 1

Sew around the top edges of the bags. Then pull out the lining layer, and pull the whole thing inside out using the gap created earlier. This leaves you with the bag and lining the right sides out. To close the inner lining gap, press the gap well and sew a thin line of stitching to close, or slipstitch if you want a more invisible finish. Push the lining back to being the inside of the bag, and press the top edge of the bag so that there is a crisp defined finish.

Sewing a drawstring bag - method 2 part 2

Now, mark a line away from the top edge using a washable or heat erasable pen. This can be as far or as short a distance as you wish. I chose 3 cm. And mark another line about 2 cm further down from that. This marks the casing for your ribbon or cord. Sew around these lines, backstitching a few times at the side seams each time they cross. Then, when both lines have been sewn, use a stitch unpicked to carefully pick the outer stitches in-between the casing lines. Then you have a space into which to thread your ribbon or cord. This time I used a ribbon, and used two drawstrings from each side.

Sewing a drawstring bag - method 2 part 3

Finished Bag

And you have a finished bag, this time with more of a paper bag finish.

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These bags make great gifts on their own – maybe as a teacher gift or party bag? You could use appliqué too.

As an extra – you could add a small couple of tags of fabric to one side with a kam-snap. This can then be used to create a handle. I made E a pump bag this week in one of her favourite fabrics!

Make a drawstring bag into a pump bag

So there you go, two different ways of how to make a lined drawstring bag. Do you think you will be making this for your zero waste birthday and Christmas gifting this year? I would love to see your makes. Tag me on social media, or comment below.

Wanting a more zero waste Christmas? See my post here on how to achieve this.

Also – Why not make your own fabric Christmas Crackers?

And please do pin this post for later.

How To Make A Lined Drawstring Bag - here are two methods of making a fabric gift or present bag. Useful for zero waste birthday and Christmas gifts but also for making school shoe bags, laundry bags etc. #bagmaking #giftbag #giftwrapping #giftwrappingideas #sustainablewrapping #sustainableliving #wrapped #wrapping #christmasgift #sewingtutorial #sewingprojects #sewinggifts

4 Replies to “How To Make A Lined Drawstring Bag”

    1. Jo Boyne says:

      The brilliance of this is that they can be made as large or small as needed.

      Reply
    1. Jo Boyne says:

      You are welcome! They are so perfect for gifts!

      Reply

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