Bron knows that I love parties and that, like her, I like to go the extra mile when it comes to all the little details of the party, so I thought I’d share with you how to make a cute little drawstring bag for your party guests to take home. You can also use these bags for storing toys, make-up, library bags, swimming bags – they are handy for everything!
How to make a drawstring bag
The beauty of making your own party bags is that you can make it the perfect size to fit your party favours, which makes them great for obscurely shaped things, and there is also the added bonus of the bag being a gift in itself. There are more complicated ways of making drawstring bags, but this is my quick and simple , no fuss version. You will need 1. Cut your fabric into two small rectangles of the same size. How big you want the bag to be will depend on the size of the goodies you intend to put in the bag.
You will need:
ribbon or string
fabric paint or ink for stamping (optional)1. Cut your fabric into two small rectangles of the same size. How big you want the bag to be will depend on the size of the goodies you intend to put in the bag.
6. Sew around the bottom of the folded edge. Beginning at the edge of one of the seams, reinforce the stitching by sewing back and forward a couple of times and then continue sewing all the way around the bottom edge of the fold and stop approximately 1cm before you reach the beginning of your sewing. Reinforce the stitching by sewing back and forward a couple of times at the end before you finish.
The options for embellishment are endless, for example, sewing or ironing fabric letters or shapes onto the bag, using ink stamps or fabric markers all work really well.
I used fabric paint on the heads of drawing pins to stamp colourful dots on my bag.
10. Now you can fill your bag with goodies. If you are using these as party bags, this is where you can get creative. Party favours don’t always have to be lollies. In this case I thought the supplies for making friendship bracelets might be fun with some brightly coloured embroidery thread, a roll of fluro tape, a safety pin and an instruction sheet.
These secret agent bags are for my son’s spy themed 7th birthday party next week, which we used alphabet ink stamps to decorate.