Easiest Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Last week on Instagram, I showcased one of the little drawstring bags that go home with each of the tiny dolls from my shop. They are super simple to make, with just one strip of fabric and one piece of ribbon. This is the perfect beginner project if you're new to sewing on a machine!

You'll need one piece of fabric that is twice as long as it is wide (halving a fat quarter is the easiest piece you can cut).

Fold in your seam twice, so there are no raw edges and sew both sides (vertical sides).

Do the same seams on the shorter ends.

Fold your fabric in half length-wise, right-sides together, pin and sew the sides. STOP sewing just under your short-side (top) seams. This will be the opening where you'll insert the ribbon for your drawstring.

Turn your bag right-sides out, and use a safety pin to run a ribbon through the top loop edges. Tie your ribbon, and voila!

If you're looking for a little more advanced version of a drawstring pouch, try my 
Cinderella Satchel Pattern!

It isn't lined, but the seams are neat and these literally take 5 minutes to make. I whip these up for organizing toys, make up, picking tomatoes in the garden, and sending new dollies home to their adopters.

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  1. When you sew it together it says to fold in half lengthwise,wouldn't it be folding the bottom up in half?


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