Quick Project- Easy Drawstring Pouch

I just bought a lovely mound of unbleached muslin, so I’ve been playing with it like crazy lately.  I whipped up this cute little drawstring pouch in about ten minutes!  I just needed a long rectangle of muslin, some cotton twine, and about half a yard of bias tape (I used my Mustard Faux Patchwork bias tape).

I love drawstring bags, but I really dislike making the drawstring pockets because somehow I can never get them right.  They’re fussy.  This project is great because it involved zero fussing and the drawstring pocket adds a fancy flair!

1. Fold down one end of the rectangle 1/4″.  Press with an iron, stitch, and repeat for the other end.

2. Cut 2 strips of bias tape to the width of your rectangle.  Iron open to make single fold.  Pin about 1/2″ from the edge of the rectangle, but fold raw edges in about 1/2″.  Stitch on both sides to form a drawstring pocket.  Repeat on the other side.

3.  Fold rectangle right sides together and stitch about 1/4″ from the edges.  Insert drawstring into pockets and voila!


  1. says

    Hi Polly!

    I think your idea is cute and also a good idea for shoe bags, to protect your good shoes when you travel.

    OOh. . . you could make a travel set for your toiletries, meds or lingerie.

    Great idea Polly!

  2. says

    I wish I had read this tutorial yesterday! I just made a muslin drawstring bag, but it was just turned over at the top. Your idea is so much cuter! Thanks!

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