Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

I love little bags and this lined drawstring bag is especially fun! No raw edges so it looks pretty inside and out. Perfect for making a gift extra special or containing little sets of things. Fill them up with jewelry, diaper bag essentials, toys, etc.
Lined Drawstring Bag

I love using these for busy bags for my diaper bag. Will got this little set of cars and trucks for Christmas and I made a little bag to contain them allIMG_5341

Turns out for a toddler half the fun is taking them in and out of the bag. Double score! Since the drawstring is continuous it can’t ever be pulled out and it’s easy for little hands to open and close.

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Let’s get started!

1. Cut out 2 rectangles for the outside of the bag and 2 for the inside.  For a little grab bag size I made my pieces 6″ tall x 5″ wide and I used 1/4″ seam allowances.

For the lining pieces just sew them together with right sides together around the sides and bottom edge. For the outside layer you need to leave a gap for your drawstring. Start sewing at the top and sew for 1-1.5″, leave a 1/2″ gap (or wider if you are making a bigger bag with a wide drawstring such as ribbon), and then continue sewing. I circled the 2 gaps below:
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2. This is completely optional but if you want the bag to stand up a bit on it’s own you can create little boxed corners. Just fold each bottom edge into a point (I found it helpful to clip my seam allowance so it would lay flat) and then sew across the bag approximately 1″ in from the point. After making your first corner make sure you measure and sew the others to the same size. Trim away the excess fabric.  You’ll need to repeat this for the lining.
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3. With right sides together sew the outer bag and the lining together along the top edge leaving a 2″ gap.
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4. Turn right side out through the gap you left and then push the lining inside the bag. Press the top edge so it lays flat and the raw edges from the gap you leftare on the inside.
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5. Topstitch along the top edge of the bag. Add a 2nd row of topstitching just above the gap you left for the drawstring and a 3rd row of topstitching just below the gap. I found it helpful to draw out my stitching lines for the 2nd and 3rd rows with a fabric marker to keep them nice and straight.
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6. Wrap a length of bias tape or ribbon around the bag leaving a 2″ tail off each end. Cut to length and then cut 1 more for the other side of the bag.
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7. If you are using bias tape (I used single fold) fold it half and sew it shut. Contrast thread adds a fun touch.
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8. Use a safety pin to slide one drawstring through the little gap, all the way around the bag top and back out the other side.
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9. Repeat with the 2nd drawstring starting on the other side of the bag. Knot the drawstring tails together to keep them from being pulled out of the bag and you’re done! Now go and make a few more with all those scraps you’ve been hoarding :)
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Happy Sewing :)

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Amy is the founder and owner of Peek-a-Boo Pattern shop. She is a wife and mother to 3 children. Amy loves to sew, read and spend time outdoors.

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  1. 6

    Lori says

    Thanks! I needed a quick, lined drawstring bag to go with a birthday present. I used denim, lined it with a zebra-ish print and machine embroidered the birthday boy’s name on its front. About an hour and fifteen minutes…done! Great instructions, good pictures–this is a winner!

  2. 8

    Deb says

    I was looking for a super simple draw string bag tutorial and this is just perfect. Thank you so much.

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    says

    Love this!!!! I can find a million things in my home that could use a great little bag to help keep pieces from getting lost. Thank you :)

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