15 Free Sewing Projects With Drawstrings

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Drawstrings are a simple and easy way to close a bag or pack. I have put together 15 free drawstring sewing projects with easy tutorials and printable patterns to help you sew up a few. Keep reading!

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The Easy Peasy Backpack With a Zipper Pocket is a great place to start on a drawstring roundup. The drawstring/strap closure at the top is easy to sew and secures everything you are toting.


Even simpler in design is my Easy Peasy Drawstring Backpack. This one sews up in a flash.


For a dressier drawstring bag, take a look at my Mod Satchel. The grommets elevate the look and help the bag cinch closed smoothly. I also love that it’s not too big. No danger of overfilling it with things you don’t need.


The Japanese Knock Off Tote Bag is another fabulous drawstring bag. Patchwork and pockets make each side stylish and functional. It might be even cuter uncinched than when it’s cinched. You decide.


My DIY Easy Fish Shaped Drawstring Backpack is a huge hit with kids. Who will you send on an outing with this one?

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A variation on the Fishpack is these whimsical Fish Shaped Laundry Bags. The closure is a regular drawstring instead of a backpack strap. Even easier!


If you need something smaller, perhaps my Drawstring Ditty Bag is what you’re looking for. So many uses from gifting to organizing. How will you use them?


Even smaller for gifting or organizing is the Handy Dandy Pouch- Skinny Drawstring Bag. These are so adorable, and your fabric choices can take them to the next level. Something so cute must have been expensive at an exclusive boutique, right? 😉


I must include a slightly different shape of drawstring bag by Pam from Threading My Way. The more square-ish shape might be just what you’re searching for. Pam’s Little Lined Drawstring Bags. Click through to Pam’s easy tutorial.


The DIY Hot Cocoa Bags make a great gift at holiday time, but be creative about your fabric and they have dozens of uses. Party Favors, Thank You gifts and Place Card Holders are a few that come to mind.


Darling Bunny Treat Bags would make a charming addition to your spring festivities. I would love to embroider names on them and use these as place card holders for Easter dinner.


Holiday Burlap Gift Bags are another variation on a small sack for gifts or treats. A rustic natural burlap set would be a cute addition to a farmhouse-style get together. What about a heart embroidered in red for Valentines day?


Crystal’s Drawstring Chicks over at Makeit-loveit deserve a peek in this roundup too. So perfect for Easter!


I adore these Cute Retro Drawstring Bags from A Spoonful of Sugar Designs. The details make all the difference in Lisa and Sarah’s free tutorial.


Last but not least, I needed to share these amazing reader-made Drawstring Backpacks, made using my free pattern. The creativity of my readers is inspiring! Thank you for sharing! And as always, please tag @sewcanshe on Instagram if you make a project with one of my free patterns. I absolutely love to see them!

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