How to Sew Fully Lined, Flat Bottomed, Drawstring Bag FREE Pattern

How to Sew Fully Lined, Flat Bottomed, Drawstring Bag FREE Pattern
by Kristin Omdahl

Lining a bag really is a big step toward a professional-looking finished project. For an added pop of color, I chose 2 prints from my Day of the Dragonfly collection. And the interior lining print is fortified by using it for the drawstring casings on the front of the bag, as well. In this tutorial, I will show you how to:

* create a flat bottom, which allows the bag to sit up on its own (GREAT as a knit or crochet project bag)
* line the bag (lining and bag both have flat bottoms)
* sew a casing for the drawstring on the outside of the bag

The Day of the Dragonfly fabric collection is hand drawn artwork by Kristin Omdahl. You can order any of these coordinating prints in Kristin’s Spoonflower Shop. Click on photo to be directed to the fabric shop.

What you will need to make the Fully Lined, Flat Bottomed, Drawstring Bag:

(2) pieces of fabric cut 12″ x 30″, preferably two prints (one for bag and one for lining)
(2) pieces of fabric cut 9.5″ x 3″ (preferably in the lining print or a third print)
All fabrics used in this bag and tutorial are from Day of the Dragonfly Quilting Fabric Collection by Kristin Omdahl
(2) pieces of 1/2″ grosgrain ribbon cut 30″ long
Fabric marker
Safety pin
Sewing machine and standard sewing supplies

Step by Step Instructions to make the Fully Lined, Flat Bottomed, Drawstring Bag:

1. Cut fabrics to dimensions and press smoothly with iron

2. Fold the two smaller pieces of fabric in half lengthwise and press. Open up, then fold each edge toward the center crease and press again. The width should be 1.5″ now.

3. Fold the side edges 1/2″ and press. Sew this edge to secure.

4. Pin the drawstring casings to the exterior bag fabric, 3″ down from the edge. Working parallel to the short sides of the fabric. Sew along both long lengths of the drawstring casing, 1/4″ from edge. NOTE: Do not sew over the short edges of the casing again. These must remain open for the drawstring.

5. Fold both of the large pieces of fabric in half widthwise. Pin sides and sew 1/2″ seam allowance from fold to edge.

6. Press the side seams open so they come to a point and the seam runs down the center of the point.

7. With a fabric marker, mark a line perpendicular to the seam 2.5″ from point. This will be the gusset that makes the bottom of the bag flat.

8. Sew along line. Make sure to back stitch at beginning and end. NOTE: make sure the gussets are pressed and sewn identically otherwise your bag may not lay perfectly flat.

9. Cut points off, leaving 1/2″ of fabric before seam. Do not cut seam!

10. Turn exterior bag right side facing out. Insert it into the lining bag (with right side facing in). The right sides of the fabric should be facing in and touching. And the wrong sides of the fabric should be facing out. Pin together, making sure to line up the seams.

11. Sew 1/2″ seam allowance around, leaving 3-4″ unsewn.

12. Pull the bags through the hole, right sides facing out.

13. Insert the lining bag into the exterior bag. Press seams. Press the opening hem to match the rest of the sewn hem.

14. Sew 1/4″ seam allowance around the top of the bag, making sure to catch the unsewn opening.

15. Thread the ribbons through the drawstring casing as follows: Attach a safety pin to one end of one ribbon. Thread it through the drawstring casing on one side of the bag and then through the other side of the bag’s casing. Both ends of the ribbon will be on the same side. Remove the safety pin and tie these ends in a knot. Attach a safety pin to one end of the second piece of ribbon. Thread it through the drawstring casings same as the first ribbon EXCEPT begin and end on the opposite side of the bag. Tie these ends into a knot.

16. Trim any excess ribbon ends.

The bag will cinch tightly when you pull on the knots on both sides of the bag at the same time. And it will stand up!

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8 thoughts on “How to Sew Fully Lined, Flat Bottomed, Drawstring Bag FREE Pattern

  1. Ellie Spanos says:

    Hello! Love the bag, thanks so much for the pattern. Quick question: what are the dimensions of the stand up base? Thanks so much!

  2. Marion says:

    Perfect results with my bag, the instructions and dimensions were spot on! For those that didn’t or couldn’t read the dimensions, may I suggest a visit to the opticians ……

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