Dorset Drawstring Bags (3 sizes)


An easy to sew and beginner friendly set of three drawstring bags. Fully lined and with a separate casing, these bags cinch tightly closed with a double ribbon or cord.


The Dorset Drawstring Bags are quick and easy to sew, beginner-friendly, and Fat Quarter friendly so you don’t need a lot of materials to sew them into the perfect result.

This set of drawstring bags feature a separate drawstring casing so you can mix and match your fabrics. The bags are fully lined inside with no raw or unfinished edges. There are a pair of drawstrings or ribbons to pull so the bags cinch up closed nice and tight and stay closed.

You’ll find endless uses for these handy drawstring bags and unlimited reasons to sew them. Great gifts for friends or family, a quick and easy sew when you just need to get something done today, and no expensive materials needed.

Features of the Dorset Drawstring Bags sewing pattern

  • Set of three in different sizes
  • Very quick and easy to sew, ideal for beginners
  • Fully lined with no raw or unfinished edges
  • Double drawstrings or ribbons for closing or hanging
  • Printable pattern pieces included
  • Cutting labels with measurements for your fabric pieces
  • Measurements in inches and centimeters
  • No special materials needed, just some cotton fabric and ribbon
  • Comprehensive step by step written instructions with color photos

Finished measurements:

Small – approx. 5.5” w x 8” tall (14cm x 20cm)
Medium – approx. 7.5”w x 10” tall (19cm x 25cm)
Large – approx. 9” w x 12” tall (22.5cm x 30cm)

Skill level

This is a complete beginner level sewing pattern. If you can sew a reasonably straight line with a sewing machine, you can get a good result with this easy drawstring bag sewing pattern. You will learn how to sew a fully lined bag with a separate drawstring casing, how to reduce bulky corners, the importance of pressing for a neat finish, and how to get a neat finish with your lining.

Recommended materials for the Dorset Drawstring Bags sewing pattern

These bags can be sewn with any light to medium weight non-stretch fabrics. I recommend quilting weight cottons, but even old cotton bedsheets and pillow cases or old shirts can be cut up and used to sew these easy drawstring bags. More experienced sewers can use fancy fabrics such as silk, satin or crepe de chine. These fabrics can be very floaty and slippery and are not easy to work with if you are a beginner, but can make the more gorgeous and luxurious bags that are ideal for gift bags or storing lingerie.

For the drawstrings I recommend a satin ribbon, but a medium weight cording can be used too – sewers choice.

DOWNLOAD ONLY – please note this is a digital sewing pattern that must be downloaded from the site and printed at home. No paper pattern will be mailed to you. Download immediately after purchase.


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