How to Sew a Drawstring Purse

A Facebook friend asked me if I could use some drawstring purses to add to our Operation Christmas Child boxes and drive for 2012. She even sent a picture of what she’d made and I knew I needed to blog it. I LOVE ideas that are really easy to make and inexpensive. The other reason I like this is she’s involving her 10 year old daughter who has a goal of 150!  Even if she just makes 15 I’ll be stoked!  Thanks so much Julie for the idea and instructions.

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STEP 1: Cut a piece of cotton fabric into a 10″ X 10″ square.

STEP 2: Put finished fabric (FF) side down. Fold over 1″ on one side of the square. Sew a 1/4″ seam along that edge (this will create the space where you will run your string/ribbon through for the drawstring handle). See pictures 1 & 2.

STEP 3: Fold finished fabric sides together lengthwise. Keep your sewn drawstring end (top of pouch) together.

STEP 4: Sew a 1/4″ seam around open sides except top. I start at bottom and work my way around, making sure NOT to sew the drawstring opening closed. Stop before that point. See pictures 3 & 4.

STEP 5: Turn pouch right side out.

STEP 6: Tie 18″ long string to safety pin. Insert into one side of the drawstring top hole. Feed it through to the other side. Tie the two ends of string into a knot near ends of string.

For other great Operation Christmas Child homemade ideas check out these links or visit my Operation Christmas Child Pinterest Board.

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