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Easy Sewing Directions for a Drawstring Duffel Bag

Updated April 17, 2017

Drawstring duffel bags are a simple project to complete when first learning to sew. Duffel bags can serve as laundry bags, fashionable reusable shopping bags or gym bags for the children. Once you master this project, you can make larger bags for hauling sports equipment or for camping excursions.

Measure a piece of fabric 13 inches wide by 26 inches long using a non-slip ruler. Use your rotary cutters to cut the fabric.

Fold the fabric in half to make a 13-inch square. Fold the fabric so that the "right" side, or the side you want to show, is on the inside of the fold.

Sew one side, starting from the fold until approximately 2 inches from the top. Leave 1/4 inch from the edge. Do the same on the other side.

Fold down the outside lip of the bag, folding towards you. Fold approximately 1/4 inch of fabric on one side of the open end of the bag and iron it flat. Fold towards you again, this time 3/4 inch and iron again. Leaving approximately 1/6 inch allowance at the bottom of the fold, sew a straight line, creating one side of the drawstring channel. Repeat this process for the other side of the bag.

Turn the bag right-side out.

Attach a large safety pin to one end of the ribbon or shoelace. This will allow you to thread the drawstring more easily.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 yard upholstery-weight fabric
  • Non-slip ruler
  • 45mm rotary cutter
  • Ribbon or thick shoelace
  • Sewing machine
  • 100 per cent cotton thread that blends with chosen fabric colour
  • Iron
  • Large safety pin
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