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Drawstring Bag
For any occasion, a drawstring bag is a great gift (for either yourself or someone else). I made this one to hold a wine bottle as a gift, but with a little tweaking of the measurements, this can be made to hold anything.

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

    Fabric Cuts
    - Two 15” x 18” rectangles of fabric (one for outside and one for lining)
    - Fuse to Exterior - One 15” x 18” rectangle of interfacing (I used a lightweight woven)
    - One 3” x 30” of fabric (I used the same fabric as my lining)

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

    BUTTON HOLES
    - Using a ruler 3.5” down from the top edge of the exterior panel, mark 1/2” at 7” and 8”. These are the marks for two 1/2” button holes.
    - Extending the button hole foot 1/2”, line the red lines up with the end of the mark. I used the long skinny rectangle button hole stitch and the same main embroidery thread from before. Do this for both button holes.
    - Using a seam ripper or scissors, cut the opening making sure not to cut the thread.

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

    Squaring off the Bottom
    - Starting with the exterior panel, fold in half lengthwise right-sides together and stitch up the bottom and side seams using a 1/4” in seam allowance.

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

    - Take each bottom corner, placing the bottom seam in the center. With a ruler, place the 2” mark on the stitch line and maneuver the corner until it is 2” on both sides of that line. Mark that line.
    - Stitch over both lines, backstitching at both ends. It might benefit the integrity of the bag to stitch the line multiple times.

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

    - Trim off the excess of both corners leaving 1/4”.
    - Repeat these steps with the lining panel.

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

    Attaching the Lining
    - Turn the lining right-side-out and stuff inside the wrong-side-out exterior.
    - Using a 1/4” seam allowance, stitch around the raw edges, leaving a 1-2” gap with no stitches.

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

    - Pull both the exterior and lining through the gap.
    - Stuff the lining inside of the exterior and press the top seam making sure to also press the fold for the raw edges of the gap.
    - Edge stitch the top seam.

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

    Stitching the Tunnel
    - Using a ruler, mark a line going all the way around the bag starting and stopping at the top and bottom of the button holes.
    - Stitch these lines, back-stitching at both the beginning and the end.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 9
    Step 9

    Preparing the Tie Strip
    - Fold the strip lengthwise and stitch up the raw edges at 1/4” seam allowance, leaving a 1-2” gap without stitches in the center of the long side.
    - Use the gap to turn the tie strip right-side-out and press.
    - Edge stitch around the perimeter of the tie strip.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 10
    Step 10

    - Using a tool or safety pin attached to the end of the strip, insert the tie strip into the tunnel, tie a bow and enjoy.

  • How to make a drawstring pouch. Drawstring Bag - Step 11
    Step 11

    Enjoy the bag, whether a gift for yourself or someone else.

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