Hello Hello HellO! This quick and easy drawstring dice bag pattern is lined and has a square, flat bottom. You can use it to hold anything!
One of the first things I learned to sew on the machine was a drawstring pouch when I was 12. I had scrounged up every penny of my red envelope money to purchase (with the help of my parents) a sewing machine. The purchase came with free sewing lessons, and a drawstring pouch was one of the beginning projects that we learned.
So….if a 12 year old beginner sewist can make a drawstring pouch, so can you!
sewing TUTORIALS for beginners
If you’ve never sewed before, or consider yourself a beginner, check out the following resources before you start:
- How to Thread a Sewing Machine Upper Thread
- How to Wind and Thread a Bobbin
- 10+ Hacks to Thread a Sewing Needle
- 19 Essential Sewing Stitches Every Beginner Should Know
Easy SEWING PROJECT with Free Pattern
Today we will be sewing a simple square bottomed drawstring dice bag that is fully lined. Don’t be scared when I say “fully lined”. All you will be doing is sewing two of the (almost) same pattern pieces separately to make a lining and an exterior.
Next, you will sew the lining and exterior pieces together and turn them to the right side. If this sounds confusing, don’t worry. The tutorial and photos will make much more sense once you get started.
This pouch also has two drawstrings, one on each side for easy closure.
I find that I don’t like the single side drawstring pouches very much. They are hard to close and tend to open over time without a cord stopper. You definitely don’t want your treasured dices or other trinkets accidentally falling out the pouch!
SQUARE Bottom Drawstring POUCH – So Handy and Useful
The finished drawstring bag measures approximately 4.5” wide and 6” tall. It will hold 150-200 dice and is also great for toiletries, jewelry, sewing threads, and more!
Additionally, the square bottom of the bag allows it to stand on it’s own whether it’s empty or full. This way, you can easily see what’s inside your bag and grab whatever you need.
Once you sew one (and realize how easy it is), you’re going to want to sew a bunch more to organize other stuff and give away to friends. I love these easy sewing projects that make useful gifts!
What do I need to Make DIY Drawstring Dice Bag?
- Pattern: Drawstring Dice Bag Pattern (available in my free resource library) – get the password by subscribing.
- Fabric – I used 100% cotton, but can use other types of fabric (velvet, satin, silk, canvas, denim). If you are a beginner I recommend 100% cotton as they are easy to work with
EXTERIOR: 1/4 of a yard (9″ or 22.86cm). Fat Quarters work great.
LINING: 1/4 of a yard (9″ or 22.86cm). Fat Quarters work great
- Fusible Interfacing – optional, 1/4 of a yard (9″ or 22.86 cm)
I didn’t use interfacing for the bag you see in the tutorial and it stands up well , with a little bit of slouch. However, interface it to the exterior fabric if you want your bag to stand more firm. You can also use canvas fabric for the lining and that will stabilize the bag even more.
- Cord – Two pieces 24″ (61cm) each. I used a black cotton cord from Joann’s.
- Wooden Beads – optional, for decorative purposes. I used these Printed Wooden Beads from Joann’s.
- Sewing machine
- Fabric Scissors – these Ginghers Fabric Shears are my favorite
- Bodkin – you can also use a safety pin, but the bodkin is very handy if you plan to make a bunch as gifts!
- Clear Ruler – I have this one
- Chalk – I highly recommend Clover Chaco Chalk Liner for marking. It’s thin thin, marks well, and easy to use!
- Matching Thread and hand sewing needles
How to Make a Drawstring Dice Bag: Easy step-by-step Tutorial with Pictures
Piecing Drawstring Dice Bag Patterns Together
Print drawstring dice bag pattern and cut and paste the pieces together as instructed.
The Exterior Pattern has 2 pieces (PIECE A and B). You will cut out two separate piece of the exterior pattern.
The Lining Pattern has 2 Pieces (PIECE 1 and 2). You will need to cut one piece of lining on fold.
Cut and Sew Bag Lining
Cut out dice bag lining pattern on fabric and mark the triangular dart lines (black lines) on wrong side of fabric.
Note: Green dotted line indicates where you will need to sew
Fold lining pattern in half and sew sides together at 1/2” seam allowance. Leave a 1.5” opening on side seam (actual location doesn’t matter), making sure to back stitch on both sides of opening. The purpose of this opening is so we can turn the bag to the right side later on.
Sew two side darts together (dotted green line). Do not sew the middle dart (solid yellow line) just yet.
Now pinch open the bottom of the lining so the middle darts match each other as shown in the photo. Sew middle darts together.
LEFT: Bottom of Lining piece after darts sewn together
RIGHT: Top view
Cutting and Sewing Bag Exterior
Cut out Dice Bag Exterior Pattern Pieces. Use chalk to mark darts (solid black line) on wrong side of fabric
Note: Black dotted line in photo indicates where you will be sewing.
LEFT: Place Dice Bag Exterior Pieces right sides together and sew at 1/2” seam allowance. Leave a 1” opening on the sides, 1.5” from top edge of fabric. Sew bottom darts on the side together, leaving the middle dart (solid yellow line) open.
RIGHT: View of opening. Make sure you back stitch at both ends of the opening. This opening is where the drawstring will eventually go.
Sewing Drawstring Dice Bag Together
LEFT: Finish sewing dart of dice bag exterior bottom like you did for lining. Next, place lining piece inside exterior piece, right sides together.
RIGHT: Match side seam of lining (there’s only one) with one of the side seams of exterior piece. Pin and sew at 1/2″ seam allowance.
Turn dice bag to the right side through opening on the lining.
Use invisible ladder stitch to close the opening.
Iron press top edge of dice bag and make 3 straight stitches around top of dice bag:
1. Top stitch 1/8” from top edge
2. 3/4” from top edge
3. 1.5” from top edge.
Inserting Drawstring Cords
Use a bodkin threader to thread the drawstring.
LEFT: Thread one piece of drawstring cord entering from the left side all the way around the bag and exit left side again.
RIGHT: Thread second piece of drawstring cord from right side all the way around and exit the right side.
You will end up with two drawstrings, one on each side.
Put a bead at the end of the cord if you like, tie a knot and you are done!
Finished! Wasn’t that easy? My favorite part is that the drawstring bag stands up on its own making it SO easy to look for stuff inside.
Let me know in the comments below what you plan on storing in your brand new drawstring pouch. Happy Sewing (I’ll be making like 10 more of these) 🙂