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Drawstring Bag with Ribbon

Hi, Tiffin here from Linwood Avenue. There are many tutorials for home-made drawstring bags, but creating the channel for the string always seemed really confusing to me. I decided to make a bag which incorporated May Arts ribbon and in the process, I figured out a very simple way to sew the top portion – I hope you think it is easy as well! These bags are a perfect way to use up old scraps, but they also provide great storage for smaller items laying around your house or as wrapping for a special gift.





Step 1 – Iron the 20" lengths of your fabric down 1/4" and stitch with an 1/8" seam allowance.

Step 2 – Iron each 5.5" length down 1/4" and then down again 1". Stitch with an 1/8" seam allowance from the open edge and then stitch again .5" from the top fold to create the channel for your ribbon.



Step 3 – Fold fabric right sides together and stitch down each side to form bag shape. Start stitching at the beginning of the channel and travel downward. Note: the channel for the ribbon should not be stitch during this step. You can follow the original stitch lines created in step 1.

Step 4 – clip the 2 corners of fabric at the bottom of the bag, then turn bag right side out.

Step 5 – Cut your ribbon into 2 – 18" length pieces. Place your safety pin through the end of one length and feed ribbon through the middle channel created in your bag. Come out one side and then travel back through the other. Remove safety pin and knot the ends of the ribbon together when finished. For the second ribbon, repeat this step beginning at the opposite end. When finished, you will have a knot of ribbon on each end of your bag. Your bag is now ready to be filled with whatever bits and baubles you wish!

Blog post by: Tiffin Mills

Download the pdf to this tutorial Here!


  1. Kristie Maynard

    Adorable little bag.  TFS!

  2. Sue D

    Very cute and great tutorial.

  3. erin

    Fun project, perhaps the non-sewing girl like me could even figure it out.

  4. Alexcia Patterson

    Beautiful and bright,  a great way to use up little bits of ribbon.

  5. katie

    Great idea.  Will have to remember this as the holidays come around.  Thanks for sharing.

  6. Vera W. Yates

    What a cute & neat project!

  7. Nicole Martel

    Great tutorial! I love little bags. I wish I knew how to sew. I am learning how to sew on paper… but I'm far from being a pro.


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