Saturday, 21 May 2016

How to make Drawstring Bags - Part 2

Drawstring bags are a popular item for shoeboxes. This is how I make my double string ones. You can find my tutorial for single string bags here.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make unlined bags with flat or boxed bottoms. Here you can see the two different types next to each other to help you make your choice.

As the bags are unlined, I use pinking shears for neatness and to prevent fraying. Alternatively, you could use an overlocker (serger) or a zigzag stitch to finish the edges that will show on the inside.


These ones are for sewing kits but you can use this method to make bags in any size and any fabric.

You will need:
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Pins (and/or clips)
  • Safety pin
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Ribbon or cord - you will need two lengths which are double the width of the finished bag plus 15-20 cm (6-8”) each
  • Tailor's chalk, pencil or fabric marker
  • Rotary cutter, mat and ruler - optional
  • Pinking shears - optional