Making Mini Drawstring Bag with my Tumbler Die

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I am totally in love with these little bags.  Here’s the pattern piece you need. Tumbler Drawstring Bag  It can also be made with an Accuquilt Go Large Tumbler Die.

These little bags are quick and easy and perfect for gift giving.  They will hold a deck of cards, dice for a dice game, a few Hot Wheel cars, little farm animals, Barbie doll shoes, a set of jacks, jewelry for traveling, a contact case and small bottle of solution, a cell phone, a gift card and candy….the possibilities are endless.  The list of fabric selection is endless too.

Here are several different bags I made….One is from wool, one from car fabric, one from a 30’s print and the one from flannel.


Here’s more…

Here’s the tutorial for you to make your own.  The photos are taken while making the stripped bag with the K on it.  If you want to make a one of the other bags, adjust the directions accordingly.

To start, cut 1.5 inch strips of your fabrics and sew them together as shown.


You’ll need to sew enough pieces together to create two 7 x 7″ pieces for the outside of the bag.  You will also need two of the same sized pieces to create the lining.  Run the two lining pieces and the two outside pieces through your Accuquilt Go! using your large tumbler die.


If you are going to decorate the front of your bag, now is the time to do it.  The K on this bag along with the background square were stitch on one outside panel.  For the wool bag, I cut some flowers using the Rose of Sharon die and wool scraps.

Now lay one front piece and one lining piece right sides together.  Stitch as shown.  Repeat with the other two pieces.


Open the two pieces up.  Layer them right sides together.  Pin and sew leaving an opening between the pins on the bottom of the lining side.


Trim the corners and then turn the bag right side out.


Stitch the opening in the lining closed.


Now, you need to tuck the lining into the bag.


Keep tucking….


Position the bag in your sewing machine and stitch about 3/4″ from the edge as shown.  Stitch all the way around.


Stitch another line about 1/2″ from the first sewn line.  Again stitch all the way around.  You are making the casing for the string.  When I made the red bag, I cut 2 –  3/4″ x 5″ pieces of  yellow fabric.  Ironed the edges over and stitched them down along the length to make the casing.


Now take a seam ripper and rip the few stitches  along the sides of the bag, between the stitching.  Be careful when you do this.  You only want to rip the stitches on the outside layer. ..NOT the inside lining.  Do this along BOTH side seams.


Now cut two pieces of ribbon or whatever you are using for strings.  I cut two 18″ pieces.  Put a safety pin on the end of the ribbon and feed it through the casing, starting and stopping in the same hole.  Now take your other ribbon, put a safety pin on the end.  Feed it through the opposite hole, starting and stopping in the same hole.


Tie the ends.  Pull up the drawstring and you are finished.  I made the bag in about a half an hour.   The bags are a fun way to personalize or “spruce up” a simple gift.   I can see purchasing a couple mini toy tractors and making the bag out of John Deere fabric someday….

If you missed the free printable pattern piece to make these, here it is again. Tumbler Drawstring Bag

If you prefer watching a video, I put one of those together too.  You can check it out here.

For more projects I’ve made with my Accuquilt Go! check out this link.

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10 thoughts on “Making Mini Drawstring Bag with my Tumbler Die”

  1. Jo, This is soooo cute. In fact it is so cute I went and bought the die. With your instructions it was so easy to make. However, I wondered why you made the strings so long, but I just went with it. AND THEN I reread your instructions (after watching the video) and found why the strings were cut so long… They go all the way around the bag. Duh… So here’s my question. Do you have a little trick for running the second ribbon/string back out of the same hole it went in? It seems to be behind the other one… What am I missing, again? Thanks so much for your inspiration!!! You are AWESOME!

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