Easy Drawstring Bag With Enclosed Seams
My friend Wendy recently asked me to make her a little bag. She and her husband Danny play Scrabble, and they need a bag to keep the Scrabble tiles in. It also needed to be big enough to get a hand in to take a tile out.
These were her only requirements!
I knew I had some suitable fabric, and that I would be able to whip up an easy drawstring bag quite easily.
Wendy’s a knitter but she doesn’t sew. She and Danny are also lovely, very kind, sweet with my boys and have invited us round to dinner lots of times. Danny is a very good cook, so going round to theirs is a treat!
So I added some of my own requirements to the easy drawstring bag.
Because it’s going to be used quite a lot, and hands are going to be in and out of it, I decided on enclosed seams to give them some strength and to prevent it from becoming tatty quickly.
I also decided on boxed corners, so that it will sit on a table without the tiles spilling out everywhere.
Little drawstring bags are useful for all kinds of things, even if you don’t play Scrabble!
How to Make an Easy Drawstring Bag
You Will Need
A piece of cotton fabric large enough for your bag. I used a piece 23 cm x 45 cm (6 inches x 17 3/4 inches).
String or cord. I used bakers’ twine (affiliate link).
Sewing the Bag
If your fabric has a directional print, you’ll need to cut it in half widthways, turn one half round then sew it back together.
3. To make the boxed corners, turn the bag the correct way out again. These seams are going to be enclosed too!
Take one of the corners and squish it flat so that the side seam is next to the bottom of the bag. If you used a directional print and reassembled the fabric, there’ll seam along the bottom. Otherwise you’ll need to press it so that there’s a fold. Using your finger might be enough. It’s just to get the corners square.
6. To make the casing, cut 2 pieces of bias binding about a cm (1/4 inch) shorter than the width of the bag. Pin both pieces to the bag on the right side, just below the top, leaving a gap between each piece at the sides. Sew along each long edge of the bias binding. Don’t sew the short edges!
7. Cut a length of ribbon or cord 4 times the width of the bag, plus a bit extra. Tie one end to a safety pin and pass it through both pieces of the bias binding. You’ll need to go through each piece twice.
Now your bag’s ready for your Scrabble tiles!
To reduce the amount of visible stitching on the outside of the bag, pin the bias binding so that it overlaps the bottom of the hem.
If you are using ribbon or thicker cord, you might prefer to pass it through the casing just once and pull the bag closed on one side rather than on both sides.
A piece of velvet or corduroy would make a nice bag for storing scrabble tiles or something similar, but it might be a bit thick for enclosed seams. If the fabric won’t fray, you could pink the seams instead.
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