DIY Backpack Drawstring Bag Tutorial

DIY Backpack Drawstring Bag Tutorial


Hi, I’m Jen from Online Fabric Store. Making a drawstring bag is easy. I’m going to show you how to make a backpack style bag to help carry the things you’ll need to bring to the beach or the gym. So let’s get started. The materials you’ll need are: 1 yard of cotton fabric, I’m using Duralee Roped in Navy Fabric, 3 yards of 1/2 inch upholstery piping, thread, pinking shears, a fabric marker or oen, a ruler, ballpoint pins, and 1 safety pin. Measure and cut two 16 inch by 18 inch rectangles on the wrong side of the cotton fabric. Cut out the rectangles with the pinking shears to help prevent the fabric from fraying. At the top of both rectangles, fold and iron the fabric a 1/4 inch over to the wrong side of the fabric. Then fold over 1 inch and iron. Stitch across the folded seam with a 1/4 inch seam allowance on both rectangles. Place the right sides of the rectangles together and pin along the sides and bottom. Attach the safety pin to one end of the piping and insert it through the top loop using the safety pin as a guide. Once the piping comes out of the other end, insert it back into the other side and out the opposite end. Now you’ll have the piping coming out both ends of the top. Take the ends and insert them inside the bag and along the edge 2 inches up from the bottom. The piping should be sticking out about 1 inch on each side. Starting from the top below the loop, back stitch and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance along the sides and bottom. Stop once you’ve reached the other side of the loop and back stitch. You can make the straps any length you want. The recommended amount of piping is between 2 and 3 yards. Snip off the extra piping and fold the bag to the right side. Your drawstring bag is now complete. You can use almost any fabric as long as it’s light enough to allow the drawstring to gather. These bags make great gifts and you can pick any print or color you like. Thanks for watching this OFS project.

85 thoughts on “DIY Backpack Drawstring Bag Tutorial

  1. You may be able to use fabric glue instead of sewing. Sewing would be the most durable way to go, but if your looking for something easy Dritz Liquid Stitch Permanent Fabric Adhesive works well. I've used it before and you can still wash with it. You can find it here https://www.onlinefabricstore.net/dritz-liquid-stitch-permanent-fabric-adhesive-.htm

  2. This method doesn't work properly! If you follow these instructions the front of the bag will tighten when you pull you pull the string but the back of it won't. If you look closely in the video when she pulls the cord the bag doesn't shut properly. DO NOT USE THIS METHOD!

  3. Hi all! A friend of mine sewed a drawstring bag for me but the material that he used for the bag is quite thick so it is not possible to pull the top together completely with the cords to close the bag. Any suggestions about how this could be resolved?

  4. Oh my gosh this is so monotone and scripted. Showing emotion and personality would make this video so much better

  5. Wanting to try this. I'm a beginner so my question is on the parts of the string that are sticking out of the fabric on the bottom do you sew threw the string?

  6. Hello Jen, I like your video, but I am very unclear as to what you did with the bottom draw string. You sewed down, then you said to stop at the bottom, then you turned the whole thing inside out, and it was donw. but I don't get it. Did you sew over the chord???

  7. Does this only close up on one side at the top? Wondering if my material was to thick because it didn't bunch together at the top!

  8. I am going to try and make this in a bright pink pattern with white polka dots….lined with a solid bright pink for a little extra sturdiness……can't wait to see how it turns out! 🙂

  9. Not gonna lie, I only came here because my gf wanted a bag with only one strap on each side. This video helped a lot!!

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  11. DONT TRY THIS – its fake. Outrageous that you claim this will work! You showed finished photos of the top drawn together, but I noticed that when you actually cinched it, one half did not cinch (at 3:06) which is exactly what happened to our effort at home. The ONLY way to get a cinching top is to double the strings all the way to the e bottom of the bag…..one side is threaded from bottom around the top and back down to the same bottom side it started. Then same process for the other side. WHY would you knowingly lead people to frustration and waste money on craft products?

  12. Great tutorial! I make something similar to this! https://www.etsy.com/listing/594745034/drawstring-bag-adult-size

  13. You don’t show how to put the strings through detailed enough. I’ve done this before and I needed a refresher and I can’t figure it out.

  14. Great Job! I did this except I folded the fabric and then cut the measurements. So I did not have to stitch the bottom of the bag. Oh and I used paracord instead of upholstery cord. I did a smaller bag for my 3 yr old niece so my measurements were 32×14 and 2 yrds of paracord.

  15. Did you come for a tutorial or to watch someone entertain you? She smiles and is nice while getting straight to the point. What more do you want from a TUTORIAL? Not everyone has to be Rachel Ray.

  16. Thanks. I stuffed up at first and had to unpick it but then i changed a few things and then it turned out great! Awesome idea.

  17. Hi thank you for posting this. There is just one problem with these instructions – it doesn't work. If you do it the way it's shown here, it only closes the one side. The second piping needs to go through front and back or it doesn't close properly. You need to start on left on the front, go across, then take it across from right to left on the back. Then repeat with a second strand of piping on the right in the front , cross to the left, then on the back take it from left to right. Then secure the two ends at the bottom of the backpack.

  18. I'm just worried about it freying where the cording is after its been used a few times. But thanks for the video

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