How to Sew Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Sewing Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags


How to Sew Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

This post contains affiliate links.I’ve been sewing, in some way or another, since childhood. And while I wouldn’t call myself an expert, I enjoy sewing useful yet unique items for our home and family.

When planning our current beach trip, I thought it would be helpful to have a few bags for carrying things. And so I decided to use one of the free Craftsy mini classes on bag-making to whip up some drawstring bags and bucket bags.

Note :: This post was sponsored by Craftsy; all opinions expressed are my own.

Choosing fabrics for sewing bags

I selected some fabrics from my stash, cut them according to the instructions…

Sewing drawstring bags

…and sewed up some lined drawstring bags.

Sewing drawstring bags

I even got out the iron (which I keep only for sewing projects)!

Sewing drawstring bags

I like how the bags turned out but you could also simplify the design and use a single fabric depending on the look you’re going for or how quickly you want to be able to make it.

Sewing drawstring bags

We used one of the drawstring bags to hold the tiles for a game of Quirkle (which might very well become it’s permanent function).

Sewing drawstring bags

The other is holding fairies and princesses for this photo but has since been called into action to hold swimsuits for our beach trip.

Sewing Bucket Bags

After I finished the two drawstring bags, I sewed up a couple of bucket bags as well.

Sewing Bucket Bags

They were surprisingly easy…

Sewing Bucket Bags

I love how they turned out!

I skipped the outside pockets that the pattern called for, both for simplicity’s sake and because I didn’t feel like I needed them.

Sewing Bucket Bags

Of course, the kids claimed ALL of the bags as soon as they saw them, so they were used more for games and toys than toiletries and undies on the trip.

However, both say they want to sew their own bags as well.

Maia, at 9, is an accomplished sewist with a stuffed animal and clothes under her belt, so I know she’ll be able to tackle the bucket bag with just a bit of guidance.

Daphne, at 5, has done a little hand sewing but that’s all. We’ll be making her bag together, likely with her on my lap for at least part of it.

Sewing Bucket Bags

If you’d like to sew a cute bag or three, I recommend this free mini class on Craftsy.

Bag Making Basics - Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

Bag Making Basics :: Drawstring Bag and Bucket Bag

By Kristin Link

Click here to sign up for the free mini class and learn how to make your own bags.

Note :: As with all Craftsy classes, you can take the class at your own pace now or later.

Here are three other sewing classes on Craftsy that I’d really like to try ::

Disclaimer :: This post was sponsored by Craftsy; all opinions expressed are my own.

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How to Sew Bucket Bags and Drawstring Bags

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  • Reply
    June 28, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Jean – does Maia use your sewing machine for her sewing projects? Does she manage it independently? My 8 year old daughter has her own mini sewing machine, but it’s a bit fiddly and I’m wondering if she’s old enough to learn how to use the full size one.

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      Jean Van't Hul
      March 14, 2016 at 5:32 am

      Hi Raewyn. Yes, Maia uses my sewing machine independently and has since she was younger. I would definitely encourage you to let your 8yo use your full-sized machine.

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    March 13, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Those would make such cute Easter baskets!!!

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