Drawstring bags are great projects for kids as they are easily made and not hard to teach. There are a lot drawstring bag patterns available online that you can use. If you want to know how to make drawstring bags, here are the things you need to do.
- Prepare the materials. Get a sewing machine used for straight stitches, flexible cord, sewing tools, and an iron and ironing board.
- Prepare the fabric. Prepare fabric for the bag. Cotton-polyester or cotton fabrics will do as they are easy to use and doesn’t stretch unnecessarily when being sewn. Determine the size of the bag that you want to make. Based on the size, you can use scrap fabrics from other projects. As a start, choose fabrics with simple colors or random designs rather than striped or pleated fabrics since you need to match ends while sewing.
You can prepare two sets of fabric, one for the bag exterior, and another one for the bag lining.
However, if you don’t have a pre-determined size, decide on this before cutting the fabric for the bag. You can either make a small bag for a purse, or a large one for books and clothes.
- Insert the drawstring. Get the cord for the drawstring and cut two pieces, with the length of each piece double the bag’s width. Get a large safety pin and pin it on the end of one fabric before threading it through the first seam. Do the same for the other seam. Remove the pin once each cord is through the seams.
Tie a small knot on the edges of both cords. To close the drawstring, pull the end of the cord on the upper seam on one side, and the one on the lower seam on the opposite side. You can tie the two ends together to make a handle.
Once done, decorate your drawstring bag! Use paints for added design, or sew additional shapes or crafts from different colored fabrics to enhance the appearance of the bag.