June 25, 2012

Drawstring Backpack Tutorial AKA The D Bag

D asked me to make her a drawstring backpack. She hardly ever asks me to make her ANYTHING so I jumped right on it. LOL

You will need -

1/2 yard of main fabric

1/2 yard of contrast

ribbon, rick rack, something for the drawstring ;)

Step 1 - Measure how long you will need your straps to be. Fold fabric over to where you have 4" below the fold. Cut 2.

Step 2 - While still folded in half with right sides together, press, pin and sew.  Do the same to other strap.

Step 3 - Press flat with seam in the middle. Fold in half again, press and pin.  Do the same to the other strap.

Step 4 - Sew 2 straight lines down the straps, one on each side.  Do the same to the other strap.

Step 5 - Pin your straps to the outside of the main bag fabric.

Step 6 - Sew the end of the strap to the bag using a finishing stitch. Do that to all 4 ends.

Step 7 - Fold the strap down and sew a square with an X to reinforce it. Do that to all 4 ends.

Step 8 - Pin and sew the 2 sides of your bag.

Step 9 -  Cut a piece of contrast 4" wide by the width of both sides of your bag.

Step 10 - Fold in half and press.

Step 11 - Fold up 1/4" of one side and press. Do that to the other side.

Step 12 - Fold in ends and press.

Step 13 - Open the casing you just made and pin to the top of your bag.

Step 14- Sew the casing to the top of your bag, leaving the ends open.

Step 15 - Grab your drawstring, if uncut DO NOT CUT! Pin one end and insert into casing.

Step 16 - Pull out a good bit of the drawstring. Cut and sew the ends together. I used a tight zig zag stitch.

Step 17 - Knot.

You're DONE!!!!

Let me know if you found this easy to follow!! And if you make one LET ME KNOW!! :)


  1. Hi Stacey...

    You are amazing!!! You are teaching bible school. and still finding time to sew/take photos/ and blog..wow..how do you do it?

    The bag is super cute..Did you have a pattern or did you just plan it yourself?

    Your sewing and tutorials are fantastic.. Thankyou for sharing.

  2. Thank you so much, Judy!! You are too kind!!!!

    I didn't use a pattern. I just sort of saw in my head the way I wanted it to be and tried to figure out the best way to make that happen. LOL

    THANK YOU, again!!!!!! :)

  3. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

  4. Great Tutorial Holly... Just adorable... I love it!!!!
    I might have to try this one ...

    Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY...


  5. Thanks!!! :) Let me know if you give it a try!

  6. Cute! Thanks for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

  7. Christina at I Gotta Create!June 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Turned out really nice. Great fabric print too.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

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