Easy Drawstring Tote

I made this tote to match the number bean bags from this post. They’re just so cute together I can’t resist posting a photo here of the whole set!

I wanted to do a separate post for the tote since it’s such a versatile thing to make and it was really fast to whip up. Plus it’s easy enough you could even make them to use as gift bags! You can find printable instruction sheets for the beanbags and tote for free (with a free Craftsy account) here.


To make your own, first cut two rectangles, one for the front and one for the back. You’ll be folding this in half later so take that into account when you decide on a size. For the bean bag tote I used a 23″ x 13″ rectangle. Put right sides together and stitch all the way around but leave a 3″ opening.


Turn right side out. Next, use an iron to crease the edges of the opening so that the raw edges are inside. Then fold the top over 1 1/4″ and iron that down. Put a drawstring inside the opening then pin down the edge. Stitch along the edge with a 1/8″ seam allowance.


Fold in half so you’re seeing the side that you want to be the inside. Stitch around the bottom and the open side, stopping 2″ before the top.


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Attach the drawstring toggle.


Turn right side out.


Ready to fill with goodies!

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  4 comments for “Easy Drawstring Tote

  1. March 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I came from the blog hop and now your newest follower. I love craft blogs!!! I hope you come by sometime!

  2. March 28, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Love the new ideas you have!! I hope to see you link it up this week on Made by Little Hands Monday!
    Have a great day!

  3. Carol Robinson
    April 2, 2011 at 11:47 am

    Want to make the bag but where did you find the drawstring toggles. Is there a website online that I can buy some from?


    • April 2, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Carol, good question! I found the toggles at my local JoAnns. I just checked and found them on Amazon.com too. Just do a search for “Dritz Double Cord Stops 2/pkg black” and they are the first result that comes up.

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