How to Make a Drawstring Purse

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13-01-2021, 08:30
A drawstring purse or bag is easy to make and fun to use. All you need is some favorite fabric, a ribbon or string for pulling through, a needle and some thread. This is a good project for a novice needleworker. Read on from step one below.


  1. Select the material. The thicker or stronger the fabric, the longer the bag will last but it might be harder to stitch. Also consider the end use for your purse or bag, as you might need it to carry light or heavy items and perhaps to be slightly water-resistant; use this to guide your fabric choice. Cotton is a great option. You can recycle fabric too. Use an old tee shirt if you wish, or any other fabric.
    • Scrap fabric is great for turning into a drawstring purse.
    • You could have different fabric for each side of the purse or bag. It's entirely up to you.
  2. Choose the drawstring. You can use a piece of string, ribbon or cord. Or, find anything that is similar and will hold together well when pulled and tied. A strip of flexible leather would work, or a thin rope like twine.
  3. Cut the pieces of fabric into rectangles of the same size. They must be of exactly the same size, although the finished size of the purse or bag is entirely up to you. To reduce the sewing time, fold the fabric in half and cut from the fold. This way, you don’t have to sew the bottom, as the bottom is made.
  4. Place the pieces of fabric wrong-side facing together. Fold down about a centimetre of fabric at the top of your fabric to make a hem or channel. Do this to both pieces if you have two or on both sides if you have on piece you are folding in half. Pin the hem. Stitch along the hem at the bottom. Your drawstring will be passed through this hem when you bag is nearly finished. Use small, neat stitches as the will show when your bag is completed.
  5. Match up the two pieces of fabric, back to back, with your hems at the top. Pin together both prices of fabric or fold your fabric. You can pin these together if it helps you but this is not essential. Stitch together along the sides and bottom, or stitch the two sides if you are using the folded fabric method. Ensure you leave the hemmed edge open for the drawstring opening. When stitched together, turn the bag out right side out.
  6. Adjust as needed to even up the purse. You now have a pouch. Next you'll add the drawstring element.
  7. Add the drawstring. Get the string, ribbon or cord piece. Using a darning needle, thread your ribbon, yarn, twine or whatever into the hem or channel you sewed at the beginning. Your drawstring needs to be about twice as long as the opening of your bag. Make sure you don't pull it right the way through! You need some of the draw string on either side of your bag's opening. Once you have threaded the drawstring right the way through both hems, tie the two ends of the drawstring into a knot or bow.
  8. When you've done this, you will see that if you pull the string it will close the pouch. You can tie it closed.
  9. Finished. You've created a drawstring purse. It can be used for carrying your usual daily items, or it can hold things for storing or safekeeping.


  • If you feel you can do to, you can make different shapes or larger sizes, such as a shoe bag.
  • The size of the purse or bag is up to you; just ensure that the fabric meets that measurement.
  • Be sure to make the drawstring hole/element large enough to thread the string through. Otherwise your string will get stuck while threading.


  • Don't use fragile material; the repeated motion of opening and closing the bag could tear the fabric.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Ribbon, string, cord, etc. for drawstring
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins (optional but may help you keep the fabric pieces in place while stitching)
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