How to Make a Drawstring Bag – (Step by Step)

Last Updated on October 11, 2023

Welcome back, crafty people! Today, I’m excited to share an exciting project with you. Have you ever wanted a cute and effective makeup holder that is also stylish? So, how to make a drawstring bag?

How to Make a Drawstring Bag


  • Yes! You can make an old cardboard box and spare fabric into a chic drawstring bag.
  • With basic materials like cardboard, fabric, and a glue gun, this project is beginner-friendly, making it accessible for all craft enthusiasts.
  • Customize your bag with colors, patterns, or even character themes, letting your imagination soar and creating a bag that’s truly one-of-a-kind.

Today, I’ll show you how to make your own drawstring bag, perfect for storing your cosmetic supplies or other valuables.

How to Make a Drawstring Bag? – (Step by Step Guide)

How to Make a Drawstring Bag

This drawstring bag is useful and an adorable accessory to have, inspired by the cute ladybug character from Miraculous. So gather your crafting materials, and let’s get started!

Materials You’ll Need

  • Cardboard box (recycle an old Amazon box)
  • Fabric (choose colors and patterns that match your style)
  • Scissors and box cutter
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Ribbon or cord for the drawstring
  • Marker
  • Safety pin
  • Optional: Decorative elements like fabric paint or appliques

Step 1: Creating the Base

Creating the Base
Creating the Base

Deconstruct the cardboard box first, then cut an eight-inch-diameter circular form. Your container’s base will be this circle.

Cut two rectangles with a width of six and a half inches if your box isn’t big enough.

To create a circle, tape them together. Make sure the fabric fits snuggly before applying glue to this base.

Step 2: Constructing the Container

Constructing the Container
Constructing the Container

Measure the height of your container and the circle of the circular base before cutting a rectangle of cloth. For a tube, sew the ends together.

Flip the cloth inside out after attaching the circular shape to one end of the tube. Insert the cardboard base with glue to the fabric casing.

Fold the fabric overlap and sew it all around for a clean finish.

Step 3: Making the Drawstring Bag

Making the Drawstring Bag
Making the Drawstring Bag

For your drawstring bag, repeat the process of cutting a circle and a rectangle, but choose a new color or pattern this time.

The circle is attached to one end of the tube created by sewing the rectangle’s ends together.

Flip the cloth inside out, leave a gap in the seam, and fold the raw edge under.

Sew all the way around the opening, leaving a small gap on the opposite side.

Insert a safety pin into the end of your ribbon or cord, thread it through the gaps, and you’re done! You now have a useful drawstring bag.

Step 4: Adding Personal Touches (Optional)

Adding Personal Touches

If you want to make your drawstring bag look unique, be creative! Decorative features such as fabric paint, appliques, or embroidery can be added.

Allow your creativity to go wild and create a genuinely one-of-a-kind bag.

FAQ – People Also Ask

Can I use any type of fabric for this project, or is there a specific type recommended?

You can use a variety of fabrics for this project, ranging from cotton and linen to canvas and even faux leather. Choose a fabric that suits your style and purpose. Thicker fabrics provide more sturdiness, making your bag durable.

How long does it take to complete this drawstring bag project?

On average, it might take a few hours to complete, especially if you’re adding decorative elements. It’s a perfect weekend or afternoon craft project.

Is this drawstring bag suitable for beginners, or does it require advanced sewing skills?

This project is beginner-friendly. Basic sewing skills are all you need. The instructions are clear, and the steps are relatively simple. If you’re new to sewing, take your time and follow the steps carefully, and you’ll create a beautiful drawstring bag.

Can I adjust the bag size to make it larger or smaller?

Yes! You can adjust the circular base and rectangular fabric size to make a larger or smaller bag. Just ensure that the proportions between the circle and the rectangle are consistent to maintain the bag’s shape.

What other items can I store in this drawstring bag besides makeup?

It’s great for organizing jewelry, small accessories, art supplies, or even snacks during travel. You can adapt it to your needs and use it for anything that fits inside.

Is there a specific type of ribbon or cord recommended for the drawstring?

You can use satin ribbon, cotton cord, or leather laces. Choose a material that complements your fabric and is sturdy enough to withstand frequent opening and closing of the bag.


Now you have your very own handmade drawstring bag! This DIY project lets you combine functionality and creativity, whether you use it as a makeup holder, a travel essential organizer, or a trendy adornment.

I hope you had fun with this making experience! If you decide to try it, please share your results with me in the comments section or on Instagram at @thesewingstuffs

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