20 Drawstring Bag Patterns for a Total Beginner

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Drawstring bags are an easy and fun sewing project for sewers at all levels. A drawstring closure is simple to sew and usually requires no extra notions such as zippers, snaps, or buttons.

Projects with drawstrings include backpacks, gift bags, tote bags and purses, jewelry bags, treat bags, laundry bags, beach bags, and more. Let’s jump right in… You can grab some fabric from your stash (or upcycle an old sheet) and make the first bag on this list today!

Easy Peasy Drawstring Backpack Pattern

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The easy-peasy drawstring backpack pattern is perfect for boys, girls, teens, and young adults. It has been an online favorite for years!

Smaller Drawstring Backpack with Ribbon Ties

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What kid doesn’t want a little backpack to carry their found treasures, books, gum, lip balm, and little trinkets? This simple backpack tutorial has a pocket on the outside of the bag and is very easy to sew.

Drawstring Gift Bags from Cotton Fabric

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Sew small drawstring bags with ribbon ties in two different sizes. The pattern includes a larger bag that is approximately 9 1/2’’ tall and 9’’ wide and a smaller bag that is approximately 5” x 4”. These cute bags are perfect for holding gifts and treasures.

Drawstring Bag from a T-Shirt

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Dig into a thrift store or your donate pile and turn old tshirts into drawstring bags! There are many different ways to make a drawstring bag, but this tutorial is specifically for stretchy fabrics that don’t fray and can be sewn up quickly en masse for gift giving. This tutorial does not have specific sizes, so it can be used for whatever size shirt you’re working with; very little measuring is required!

DIY Jewelry Bag

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Whether you are new to sewing or just getting back into it after a long break, this easy-to-make drawstring bag is the perfect project. The simple bag tutorial requires no special pattern or rulers and can be made with your favorite fat quarters.

Handy Dandy Pouch Pattern

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The Handy Dandy Pouch is a narrow drawstring bag that is the perfect size for reading glasses, sunglasses, pencils, markers, or treats. Contrasting fabrics make them look like they come from an exclusive boutique.

Drawstring Ditty Bag Pattern

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The Drawstring Ditty Bag is a little bit larger, and it has a flat bottom. You can sew it with contrasting fabrics or all one fabric. Ties can be ribbon, fabric, or leather strings. So many uses, from gifting to organizing. How will you use them?

Bunny Treat Bags

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Darling Bunny Treat Bags are easy to sew for Valentine’s, Easter, spring parties, or anyone who loves animals.

Drawstring Wine Bottle Bag

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Here’s a drawstring wine bottle bag that will come in handy for gifts. There’s also an optional gnome cover you can make for the top. It’s perfect for sharing holiday cheer and for holiday decorating, too.

Fabric Drawstring Basket

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This precious bag is sewn from 2 fabrics and can have a DIY drawstring or use ribbon or rope. The drawstring basket bag is perfect for gift-giving or carrying your lunch!

Drawstring Gift Bags in lots of sizes

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Reusable gift bags will save you time and money on wrapping paper in the long run. This free tutorial shows how to make a basic fabric gift bag with a drawstring or one with a sash that ties at the back. The drawstring method uses buttonholes, but the sash option doesn’t, so it’s a little easier.

Easy Gift Bags with Burlap and Yarn

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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 Valentine’s Day?

Retro Drawstring Bags

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

Patchwork Drawstring Bag Pattern

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Melissa at Polka Dot Chair shares a charming patchwork drawstring bag pattern using pre-cut squares. The finished size is approximately 13” x 18”.

Easy Drawstring Backpack with a Zipper Pocket

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A drawstring backpack with a zipper pocket is better for keeping contents separated. This drawstring backpack is a great one to pick.

Drawstring Laundry Bag

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Drawstring laundry bags are a basic necessity for travelers, students, and kids’ bedrooms. Here’s an easy tutorial that uses fat quarters.

Fish Shaped Drawstring Laundry Bag

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Fish-shaped drawstring bags are a clever way to make laundry fun! Use mesh fabric for the bottom part, and it makes a sand-free beach bag. This tutorial comes with a free printable template.

Fish-Shaped Drawstring Backpack

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You can also sew a DIY Easy Fish Shaped Drawstring Backpack. It is a huge hit with boys and girls alike. Who will you send on an outing with this one?

Japanese-Style Drawstring Bag with a Handle

This Japanese-style tote 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.

Mod Satchel Faux Leather Bag

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The drawstring bag gets a glamorous makeover when made with faux leather on the exterior, cotton fabric on the inside, and a shoulder strap. The Mod Satchel Pattern makes a great purse!

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