Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Drawstring bag tutorial

Drawstring bag tutorial

I’ve written this drawstring bag tutorial because during my recent travels I decided that I could do better than using a plastic carrier bag to pack my shoes in.  I have made three of these shoe bags (you’ll see why later) and they are roughly 14″ by 9″.  I’ve made them in two colours which I hope will make it easier to see what I’ve done.

Use your own shoes to decide on size

Use your own shoes to decide on size

Cutting requirements

I’ve used a 9″ strip of two different fabrics cut across the width of fabric.

For the drawstring I needed about 20″ for each drawstring bag.

I used my own shoes to decide on the largest size of drawstring bag that I would need – if you wear shoes with 5″ heels you will obviously need to make a different size.

I decided on a length of 14″ for this drawstring bag tutorial – that way I could cut three bag panels from each width of fabric.

Place fabric with wrong sides together

Place fabric with wrong sides together

Turn wrong side out and sew another seam

Turn wrong side out and sew another seam

Drawstring bag tutorial

In order to make the bags neat and tidy on the inside, I have used a French seam, so the first step is to place two pieces of fabric with wrong sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam on three sides, leaving one of the short sides open.

Turn the bag inside out and sew another 1/4″ seam around the same three sides.  This will enclose the raw edges so that you don’t get any fraying inside the drawstring bag.

Turn under a hem on the top of the drawstring bag

Turn under a hem on the top of the drawstring bag

Turn under a small double hem around the top of the bag to enclose the raw edges.  You could either sew this hem by machine or by hand.  I chose machine as it’s quicker.

Add the ribbon to the top of the bag

Add the ribbon to the top of the bag

That’s the shoe bag complete – now it’s just a question of making the drawstring part.

Rather than making a tube around the top of the bag and threading ribbon through it as I did for the plastic bag holder, I wanted a nice feminine touch for this bag.  I’ve used some lace with ribbon already threaded – I’m pretty sure that there is a name for it, but I can’t think what it is.

Completed and filled drawstring bag

Completed and filled drawstring bag

Turn under the raw edge of the lace and pin the lace all round the top of the bag.  Sew both above and below the ribbon to make sure that the lace is fastened securely.

I hope that you’ve found this drawstring bag tutorial helpful – this would also make a great gift bag.  I can think of all sorts of things that I could store in these bags besides my shoes.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

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