Patchwork DIY Drawstring Bag

By: Pam Olney from
Patchwork Drawstring Bag
Patchwork DIY Drawstring Bag
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From the blogger: "Learn how to make a small, lined, patchwork drawstring bag, that is just perfect for gift giving. All you need are scraps of fabric from your stash, to make your own patchwork fabric. Join the thin strips together and turn them into a piece of fabric, which then becomes a pretty and practical drawstring bag. The resulting bag ends up at 6” x 7”, so a great size for organising all manner of things. Pop one in your handbag for all those small objects that get lost in the bottom or your bag, use it for storage when travelling, fill with cosmetics, or even use it as somewhere to store sewing bits and pieces. The pretty little bag is just the right size to use as a gift bag instead of wrapping paper. Fill it with some handmade soap, or maybe even some jewellery – two gifts in one."

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueSewing


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I made a bunch of these for a charity event and the bags were used for school supplies for children. They are simple to make with large fabric pieces, but I didn't think of making them from fabric scrap strips.... Great idea! You can take it a bit further where each strip might be made of two,or more scraps... Just cut on the diagonal for the seam for a nice gradual look, although a traditional straight seam would work too! And ribbon, cord, or even rope or self-fabric sash all work as a great draw string! Add a charm or button to the top for some extra fun! Love it!


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