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Learn to make a handy little drawstring bag for keeping your trinkets safe!
This cute little bag is perfect for keeping small bits and bobs safe at home or on your travels. Made up in some festive or personalised fabric it also makes a great gift bag for presents!

So quick and easy you’ll be whipping them up for the whole family in no time. Make them in all sorts of sizes – great for suitcases, gift bags, tidying children’s rooms, laundry bags, PE kits and much more!

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  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Step 1: Pin the two large pieces right sides together and pin around three edges, leaving the top open. Sew together using a 1.5cm seam allowance, pivoting at the corners.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Step 2. Using an overlocker or a zigzag stitch, finish the three edges you have just sewn. Don’t clip the corners, we’ll keep these for strength.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Step 3. Finish the short edges of the drawstring casing pieces, and fold these edges in 1.5cm and press before stitching in place.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Step 4. With wrong sides together, fold the casing pieces in half lengthways, and pin to the top of the bag, right sides facing. The raw edges should be aligned at the top. Pin and sew with a 1.5cm seam allowance.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Step 5. Finish the seam allowances all together with an overlocker or zigzag stitch.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Step 6. Press the finished seam allowance down onto to the inside of the bag and press.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Step 7. Pin in place and from the right side of the bag, topstitch around the top of the bag, a few milimetres away from the seam. Similar to an understitch, this holds the seam allowance in place on the inside of the bag.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 8
    Step 8

    Step 8. Using a safety pin to help guide it through, insert one length of ribbon in one end, bringing it all the way back through to where it started and tie. Repeat with the other length of ribbon from the opposite side.

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