Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Sunday, October 16, 2011
They use only three fat quarters (plus twill or fabric for ties), so even if your stash is small, you can make these bags! I use them for everything, they can hold a lot. They make a great gift, or the perfect eco-friendly, reusable wrapping.
Check out the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern which includes 8 sizes and instructions for creating your own custom size!
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.
Finished size: Approx. 10" tall, 7" wide, 3" deep
Lined Drawstring Bag Materials:
- 3 Fat quarters (18"x21")
- 2 yards of 1/2" twill ribbon, or 1/8 yd fabric
- Coordinating thread
- Acrylic ruler
- Large safety pin
- Water soluble pen
Looking for supplies? Check out my Pattern Supplies and Resources post.
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
*This tutorial uses subcutting. There may be scrap leftover from the strips after you've cut your pieces. It's written this way to ensure that any directional fabrics are cut correctly. The scraps will not be used in the final bag. The final measurements for each piece can be found on the second line of each cutting instruction if you’d rather cut from scraps. All piece dimensions are listed as height x width.
Lined Drawstring Bag Instructions:
*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 I taped at Quilt Market with the Fat Quarter Shop!
*Alternatively, slide the bag onto your machine bed, lining up the needle with the top mark. Place a piece of washi or masking tape on the machine bed to use as a guide. Repeat with the bottom mark. This technique is shown in the video above. (Some 1" wide masking tape is super helpful here!)
If you’re using a sewing machine without a free arm like mine, turn the bag inside out after marking the lines. Sew on the lines, “inside the bag”. This technique is shown in the video above.
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. Or finish by turning each end under by 1/4" twice and topstitching to secure.
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. Find all the variations and tutorials here: Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorials and Variations.
#lineddrawstringbag hashtag on social media or add it to the In Color Order Flickr Group!