Drawstring Bag {tutorial}

Well, I made a sewing project last week, but whipped it up SO FAST that I didn’t take pictures of it…sorry!!!

However, I’m going to attempt to give you a little tutorial for an easy drawstring backpack (probably, for kids, unless you are into that sort of thing). I made it for my little sis with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and she thought it was pretty cool. So here’s the drill.

1. Cut a piece of fabric 16 inches wide and 36 inches long. This will later be in half to make a bag that is 16 inches wide and 18 inches high.

2. Get out your iron. With the right side facing down, fold over about a quarter inch along the two 36-inch sides, and iron them down so they stay put.

3. On each end of the fabric, with the right side still down, fold a quarter inch down and iron (keep your long sides folded in throughout this process as well). Then fold once more, about a half inch, and iron. Basically, this gives you nice finished edges, and creates a long tube on each end where your draw strings will eventually go through.

4. Now, for some sewing. First, you will sew a straight line across the bottom part of each “tube” so it’s in place. Do this on both ends, then fold your creation in half, right sides together. Starting at the bottom of the tube on one side, sew along the entire side of the bag. Leave about a quarter inch at the bottom, where you will later put your string through. Do this on each side of the bag, then flip inside out.

5. Your sewing is done! Now, you will cut 2 pieces of cord, each about 2 yards in length. To string your bag, start with one piece of cord. I tied it to a paper clip to make it easier to pass through. Push it all the way through one of your tubs, and then right back through the other. You’ll end up with both ends on the same side of your bag. Now, with the other piece, do the same thing from the other side. Each of the piece of cord will basically be making a “U” inside the tubes.

6. Last, make sure the cords are even. On each side, push the ends of the cord through the little hole you left at the bottom corner of your bag. You might need to use the paper clip again. From the inside of the bag, tie your cord end in a double knot so it won’t slip out of the bag.

You’re done! If you are a visual person, this tutorial may not be the best for you, and I apologize. I may need to make another one just to take pictures… Good luck!

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