Recent Lined Drawstring Bags

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Happy Wednesday! I wanted to share a few drawstring bags I've made recently.

First up, my favorite of the bunch! I realized I have made very few bags from vintage sheets, so I wanted to change that! This is the project size from the lined drawstring bag pattern. I think I get the most use out of this size, I make it a lot!

I love this big floral sheet, and it felt right for the exterior main! Figured you can never go wrong with a good gingham, so I pulled a yellow one for the accent.

I really wanted to use a striped sheet for the ties, but I didn't have a long enough piece of the one that matched. So twill tape to the rescue! Thankfully the antique ruler twill seems to go with everything.

This ended up being one of my favorite bags I've ever made! Which is saying something, because I've made a lot of these bags!! I can't wait to make more of them with my sheet stash.

I was in the mood to make something heart related around Valentine's Day, and this is what I came up with! I stuck a heart block in the middle of an everything size drawstring bag (free tutorial size). I used Allison Harris' heart block tutorial, and made a block that finished 6". I centered it in the exterior main, you can find measurements to do the same by using my patchwork star lined drawstring bag tutorial.

This bag is a real melting pot of fabrics! The background is new to my stash, Morris & Co for Freespirit. The peach heart fabric is thrifted. And the lining is Carolyn Friedlander, and it's been in my stash for years.

I didn't have the right color red for the ties, so I ended up dyeing some twill tape. It turned out slightly more blue-ish red than I wanted, but that's okay! I think it still works. Added some 1" beehive beads to this one.

I kept the back of the bag plain, which really shows off the main print!

Last but not least, a quick make to gift a small quilt! This puffin fabric was a gift from my friend Jacey, and it felt good to use some of it for this bag! The recipient was a toddler, and I thought they would appreciate this fabric! I paired it with a print from Geometric Bliss. Went with paracord for the ties on this one.

Always fun to pull fabric combinations for these bags. I'm still not tired of making them!

Happy Sewing!


  1. I love all of these! I have been making the everything bag for years. I just made the project bag and love it! I have committed my self to stop buying fat quarters and by 1/2 yards instead. Then if I want to make a bag I have plenty of fabric for the project size bag. I am currently using mine for a knitting project. It's just the perfect size! Thank you for sharing your projects!

  2. Love your bags and have both of your patterns! I've made a few myself. You just made me think about fabric I purchased when I first started quilting. Not my favorite now but it may make decent bags! I still plan on making a laundry bag with laundry themed fabric a friend gave me. Thank you for sharing. It gives me inspiration.🪡🧵


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