Make your own version of the ever-trendy drawstring backpack

Use it to hold your essentials on a day out at the park

Jun 1, 2017 |


Piece of heavy fabric 31 x 11.5 inches

Piece of 12 x 11.5 inches of the same fabric


Sewing machine or needle and thread

Sewing pins

Stamp and fabric ink or brush and acrylic paint

Grommet kit with 3/8-inch grommets (optional)

Cotton cord


1. Sew a half-inch seam on the bottom of the longer fabric and on top of the shorter fabric. The shorter fabric will serve as the front pocket and will hold your desired design.

2. Measure about 12 inches from the seam of the longer fabric. Fold to make a crease to mark the bottom of your bag.

3. Place the seam of the shorter fabric with right side down on the crease of the longer fabric with right side up. Pin and sew along the seam.

4. Install four grommets on each corner of the longer fabric, about 1.5 inches from each corner. Or simply cut holes in these areas to accommodate the cord and stitch along the edges to secure.

5. Fold the bag. Pin and sew along both sides from top to bottom of the shorter piece.

6. Turn the bag inside out. The remaining part of the longer fabric will serve as the flap. Fold and sew a half-inch seam along the edges.

This story was originally published in Southern Living, July 2016.

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