How to Make a Drawstring Handbag

A quick and simple project, drawstring handbags don't need a lot of fabric. Use up your scraps or simply purchase a small amount for the handbag. Make a simple one for a small child, or one stylish enough to take out on the town. Add buttons, beads or lace for a dressier look to the bag. An experienced sewer can make this bag in less than 30 minutes; a beginner can still make it in an afternoon.

Cut out two pieces of fabric. The size of the fabric should be about 2 inches taller than you want your finished bag to be. The width of the fabric should be 1 inch wider than your finished bag.

Fold the top of each piece of fabric down one inch to the wrong side. Pin it in place and sew with a one inch seam. Do not sew the ends; this becomes the casing for the drawstring.

Lay the two pieces of fabric on top of each other, right sides together. Pin the edges together. Sew around the edge with a half inch seam; stop at the casing stitching. Do not close up the casing.

Trim the seams with scissors. Do not cut the stitching. Turn the bag right side out.

Put a safety pin in the end of the string or cording to help to pull the string through the casing. Thread the cords through the casing, one at a time. Start one cord through a casing opening; go all the way around the entire bag and pull it back out where you began. Knot the two ends together. Thread the other cord in the same manner, beginning from the other opening in the casing. Knot the cord and trim the ends.


Add beads or tassels to the bottom corners of the drawstring bag.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 4 feet cord, cut into two equal pieces
  • Beads or tassels (optional)
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Rebekah Martin is a freelance writer and tutor. Her work has appeared in various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Mississippi College. Martin teaches her young children at home and also teaches Sunday School to preschoolers.