Drawstring Bag PDF Sewing Pattern



The perfect first sewing project, the Drawstring Bag is your gateway into the sewing world, as well as being a super useful item to own! Make one for yourself to keep special items in check, or make them for friends and family to spread the sewing love!

A great opportunity to practise your machine sewing techniques, the Drawstring Bag is a useful project that’ll start your sewing journey.

Whether you’re wanting to sew a drawstring bag for your child’s PE kit, as handy food storage bags for potatoes and onions, or you want to use the handmade bags as sustainable gift wrapping, it’s easy to learn how to sew a Drawstring Bag with this helpful pattern.

Grab some extra tips by watching our live sewalong, as Lisa guides you through how to make this super speedy drawstring bag:

The drawstring bag is an easy-to-make project for sewing beginners and a great make to start with if you want to learn how to sew. With clear instructions on how to make a drawstring bag, you’ll have made one in no time at all!

Sewing Level

The Drawstring Bag is an Absolute Beginner sewing pattern.

Fabric recommendations
Medium weight woven fabrics such as cotton and canvas. A length of ribbon or piping cord will also be needed.

Fabric requirements:
50cm cotton fabric (for both 140cm and 115cm wide fabric)
1.2m of ribbon or piping cord

The downloadable pattern file contains:

  • printable pattern (in tiled print-at-home format)
  • printable illustrated instruction booklet

The Drawstring Bag pattern is 5 A4/US letter pages.

So what is a PDF pattern?
A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home on A4 or US letter paper. Alternatively you can choose to have the copyshop files printed on large A0 paper, and posted to you at home. If you’re using the A4 or US letter options, simply download, print at home, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 1 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.

Never used a PDF pattern before and would like some help? Learn everything you need to know in our handy Guide to Assembling PDF Patterns over on our blog!


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