Drawstring Bag – Free Sewing Tutorial

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This drawstring bag has a lovely round shape. The fabric used for this bag is from the “KONiTT” series, a textile brand that was born from listening to firsthand ideas of handicraft artists. The outer fabric, handles, and cords are made of “Marusankaku Shikaku” with three different patterns. 100% cotton oxford. Easy to cut and sew, this fabric is perfect for making bags.

Design & Work:Mioko Sugino

Fabric shown for this sample:
Fabric (Outer Fabric, Handle, Cord):YK-11040-2C


  • Fabric (Outer Fabric, Handle, Cord): 110cm wide x 80cm
  • Fabric (Lining Fabric): 30cm x 60cm
  • Tag: One piece

25cm (l) 28cm (w – at opening) 20cm (w – at bottom) 8cm (gusset)

We interviewed Mioko about her creation:
Kokka Fabric (KF): What did you think of the fabric you used for this project?
The delightful, lovely colors are pleasant to look at. The charm of this fabric, three different patterns all in one textile, is that no matter where you choose, the pieces create a charming combination!

Can you tell us any special elements or ideas that you incorporated into this creation?
The placement of the patterns are well thought out. Of the three patterns, the simpler circle and square designs are used as the body, while the more impactful triangle motif is placed on the handle. To make the most of the patterns, the main body features a single fabric, rather than two pieced fabrics. The drawstring cord is made of the same fabric instead of using a ready-made cord for a uniformed look.

KF: What are some tips for making this bag?
It is also fun to think about which of the three designs to use and in what quantity and in what areas. The stitching on the seam allowance of the lining fabric in step 3-② is to prevent the cord from getting caught on the seam allowance. Sewing together the gussets in step 4-① will secure the bottom of the bag firmly both inside and outside. You can skip these two steps, but it helps with the making process and creates a more beautiful finish.

KF: How should we incorporate this bag into one’s styling?
It will be fun to carry a matching drawstring bag in a smaller size together.

KF: Thank you very much, Mioko! Here are sewing instructions along with step by step photos from her. Enjoy crafting!



Cut the fabrics according to the measurement.


Fold both ends of the handle and cord fabric for 1cm. Fold in four and sew.


Attach a tag to the outer fabric.


With the front sides facing each other, fold the outer fabric in half. Sew both ends, leaving an opening for the cord.


Press the seam open. Make 8cm gusset. Cut off excess seam and apply zigzag stitches.


Apply stitches around the cord opening with 0.5cm seam.


Repeat the same process for the lining fabric. There is no opening for the cord.


Layer the gusset of the outer and lining bags. Apply stitches over the gusset stitch line to secure.


Fold the top opening of the outer ang lining bags for 1cm. With the front sides facing outside, layer the bags and sew together at the opening.


Sew the cord opening.


Attach handles.


Insert the cords through both openings and tie the cord.



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