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Learn how to make a lined drawstring bag that makes the perfect reusable drawstring gift bag! It’s a great way to decorate for the holidays!
I like to make the holidays easier for myself by making things that are reusable and last a long time. One thing that takes a long time every year is wrapping presents.
We still wrap some presents in wrapping paper or gift bags, but I’m slowly switching over to lined drawstring bags. They are so easy to use and easy to make! I love having a couple around for those last minute wrapping situations.
I made mine with all red and green or Christmas quilting cotton, but you can choose whatever color you want. Quilting cotton is the best fabric to use, but choose a color and print that makes you happy. You could even coordinate specific fabric for each child or family member to make it easier to know whose is whose.
I love how they look on my free tree skirt quilt pattern!
Do you like to sew? Try one of these fun sewing projects:
- Beginner sewing projects
- Christmas sewing projects
- scrap fabric projects
- quilting cotton sewing projects
- Easy gifts to sew
- How to sew a drawstring bag
How to sew a Lined Drawstring Bag
- Quilting cotton for outer fabric – amount depends on the size of your bag
- Quilting cotton for lining – same amount – the lining shows even when the bag is closed
- SINGLE fold bias tape or wide ribbon
- Twine, thin ribbon, yarn, or cording
- Sewing tools
- Sewing machine
Cut two rectangles from the outer fabric and two matching rectangles from the lining fabric. I made a small one 8 in by 8 in, a medium one 8 in by 12 in, and a large one 16 in by 16in.
If you are measuring to fit something give yourself a couple of extra inches on the top and the side. Add 1 extra inch on the top for the casing.
Start by pinning the top of the lining to the top of the outer fabric. (This is important for directional fabric like the tree fabric.) Pin them right sides together and sew with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Press the seam allowance up towards the lining.
Understitch the seam allowance towards the lining.
Place one side of the bag onto the other side with right sides together. Match up the understitched seams. Mark a space for a hole in the lining.
Sew around the rectangle leaving a hole on the bottom of the lining. Backstitch when you starts and stops. Pivot at the corners.
Turn the rectangle right side out through the hole. Poke out the corners of just the outer fabric.
Pinch the hole closed and edgestitch it.
Push the lining down inside the outer fabric to form a bag. Push the lining corners into the outer fabric corners.
Cut a piece of single fold bias tape 1 inch longer than one side of the bag. Cut another piece.
Fold the short side over 1/2 inch on each side. Pin it onto the top of the bag 1 inch from the top.
If you are using a ribbon use the same technique by folding the short end over 1/2 inch and pinning it 1 inch from the top. Leave a gap on each side.
Sew a straight stitch along each side leaving the center open. Make sure the sides do not overlap.
Cut two pieces of twine or ribbon just longer than the circumference of the opening of the bag.
Use a safety pin to insert the twine from one side and thread it all the way around. Bring it out and tie it in a knot. Use a safety pin to insert the other twine from the other side and thread it all the way around. Bring it out and tie it in a knot.
If you use just one drawstring the casing doesn’t stay closed as well.
Make lots of bags in lots of sizes to wrap lots of gifts.
Place the gifts inside the lined drawstring bag and pull on both drawstrings to pull it tightly closed. Tie the drawstring in a bow to secure it.
If you make something using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!