Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Sunday, October 16, 2011
They don't use much fabric, so even if your stash is small, you can make these bags! I use them for everything, they can hold a lot! Would make a great gift, or the perfect eco-friendly, reusable wrapping!
*For additional sizes and custom sizing check out the pattern version here.
Optional: For added structure, you may choose to add interfacing to your bags, but it is not necessary. I’d recommend using interfacing only on the Exterior Main pieces. Using it on the Exterior Accent could interfere with the drawstring!
- 3 fat quarters (18"x22")
- 2 yards of 1/2" twill ribbon, or 1/8 yd fabric
- Coordinating thread
- Acrylic ruler
- Large safety pin
- Water soluble pen
Seam allowance: 1/4" unless noted
Finished size: Approx. 10" tall, 7" wide
From Exterior Main Fabric:
- Cut (1) 9”x22” strip
- Subcut into (2) 9”x10.5” pieces*
From Exterior Accent Fabric:
- Cut (1) 4”x22” strip
- Subcut into (2) 4”x10.5” pieces*
From Interior Fabric:
- Cut (1) 12.5”x22” strip
- Subcut into (2) 12.5”x10.5” pieces*
If using fabric for ties:
- Cut (2) 32”x2” strips
If using twill for ties:
- Cut (2) 32" pieces
*With subcutting, there is scrap leftover after you've cut your pieces. It's written this way to ensure that any directional fabrics are cut correctly.
*Use a 1/4” seam allowance unless otherwise noted*
1. Arrange your pieces as shown in the above diagram: Interior, Exterior Accent, Exterior Main, Exterior Main, Exterior Accent, Interior. Be sure to arrange directional prints with the “top” of the print facing out, towards the interior pieces.
Starting with an interior corner, wiggle both interior pieces apart, flattening the corner (where the seams meet). Line up the bottom and side seams, wiggling them between your fingers to feel that they are lined up. You may find this is easier if you first press the seams open a few inches in each direction.
Repeat steps 6-8 for the remaining interior corner and both exterior corners.
If you need additional help adding boxing the corners of your bag, watch this video demonstration I taped at Quilt Market with the Fat Quarter Shop!
Don't have a free arm on your machine, or trying to make the "Tiny" size in the pattern? Try out this technique!
Now it’s time to make your ties. If you’re using twill, skip to step 18.
*If you’re using twill instead of fabric ties, you may choose to treat the ends with Fray-Check or clear nail polish to prevent fraying.
Ready to make some more? Check out the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern which includes 8 sizes and instructions for creating your own custom size!
Don't forget you can easily customize your bags by incorporating patchwork! For three kinds of striped bags, see this tutorial. For other customization tutorials, see my tutorials page.
#lineddrawstringbag hashtag on social media or add it to the In Color Order Flickr Group!