How to Make a Drawstring Bag – Great for our Polar Bear Birthday Party!
These instructions are for how to make an easy drawstring bag. I added a face to mine and used them as favors for my daughter’s 7th birthday, but they could be used for any occasion or even just around the house as a fun way to keep all those toys and games with a million little pieces organized.
The materials I used were: white fuzzy fabric, black yarn (with a needle big enough to thread it through) for the mouth, black buttons for the eyes, black pompoms for the nose, blue craft cord, a safety pin, black thread and white thread.
Next, place the fabric with the side that you want to be the outside of the bag facing down. Fold over the short edges of the bag about an inch from the end and sew them down.
Make sure to leave a gap of about 3/4 inch between the fold (the new top of the bag) and where you sew because this is where you’ll be putting the drawstring. I did this with white thread but have highlighted it in blue in the picture. Do this to both short ends of the fabric.
Do NOT sew past the lines to the top of the bag because then you won’t be able to add the drawstring. I’ve highlighted where you should sew in green in the picture. Make sure to do this to both sides.
Now reach into the bag, grab the bottom, and turn it right-side out. Add the drawstrings. I used craft cord but you can use any long thin material for this. I cut two pieces of craft cord that were each about 3-4 inches longer than the top of my bag.
I attached a safety pin near the end of one of the cords and used the safety pin to help thread the cord through the “tunnel” at the top of the front of my bag. I then threaded the other piece of cord through the other side. Tie the two pieces of cord together near each end.
You should have a functional drawstring bag at this point!
Next attach the pompom nose using matching thread. Finally, add the button eyes. You can use either thread or yarn to do this step. Because I was doing so many bags I gave all of the bears round, black eyes, but you can choose any color or style you want to personalize your bag.