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Make a Drawstring Bag

A super versatile bag to use for tech equipment, laundry, shoes and shopping. If you picked up a free copy of my Fabric Scrap Busting booklet, scroll down for more in-depth instructions and step by step photos. If you discovered this free pattern by chance, please click here to sign up for my newsletter and receive a free PDF version of the pattern. The booklet contains tips on zero waste sewing and 3 other patterns to use up scrap waste. A paper copy of the booklet is also available for £4 including P&P. Click here to order.

Flatten out the booklet and fold in half short end to short end. Using this as a pattern, cut two pieces from fabric. I didn’t have enough fabric so I sewed 4 pieces together and finished the edges with a zig zag or overlock stitch (image below).


piece smaller pieces of fabric together before cutting out

Place right sides together and pin in place. Sew along 1 short side and 1 long side using a 1.5cm seam allowance. Sew remaining long side leaving a 4cm gap at the top (open end)


Fold over the top end by 1cm, right side to wrong side. Fold over by another 3cm. Tuck in the open ends to create a small hem. Press then pin in place.


Top stitch around the hem, close to the edge.


Measure 20cm length of cord or ribbon (cut them off the tops of used paper shopping and gift bags). Or click here to find out how to make your own. Secure a large safety pin to one end of the cord. Insert the safety pin into the channel created by the hem.


Your bag is finished to fill with useful bits and bobs. Make larger bags for fruit, vegetables and bread. Line with an old shower curtain for a waterproof gym and shoe bag.