90s Throwback: Drawstring Bookbag
A baby from the 80s, but a kid in the 90s…
Back when I was a kid, drawstring book bags were popular, but these days they seem to be easing their way back on trend in some circles. These handy dandy bags are great when you have kids with STUFF or are embarking on excursions, like the beach! They are the go to item other than beach bags and totes that allow you to pack easily accessible items. I created this drawstring book bag for a trip to the beach with my good girlfriends to Assateague, MD, which is right near Ocean City.
For this simple sewing project you will need:
½ yard of fabric ( I used a canvas material because it was sturdy and wipe-able)
½ yard of lining (optional)
Sewing machine (you could hand stitch but it may not be as sturdy)
First you want to cut out the bottom of the bag. I used a plastic dinner plate for the circle.
Next you want to square off your edges, using the circumference of the circle to determine how long your rectangle, which will be the body of the bag, will be. The height of your bag is up to you as well, just make sure you have it long enough to hem and place the grommets on the top of the bag.
Pin the two edges of your big rectangle (the body of the bag) together, folding it in half lengthwise, and stitch that line. You will end up with a wide cylinder shape.
Now you want to cut a small, but long rectangle from your scraps. This will be the back tab for the bottom of the book bag. You will see why later. Sew the rectangle in half lengthwise and stitch around the boarder to make a smaller square.
The place where the two edges meet, where you have already sewn your line straight across, pin the small tab. Make sure the wrong side of the bag is facing out and pin the tab on the inside of the bag at where the edges meet.
Now pin your circle to the cylinder. The wrong side will still be facing out and the circle will be pinned in the middle of the tube. Once its pinned, sew around the circle.
**Do this same procedure, minus the tab, if you are adding a lining.**
Flip the bag right side out. Your tab so be on the back where the seams meet and your circle should be securely attached to the bottom of the cylinder. We’re almost done!
*If you are adding a lining, keep it turned right side in and place it inside the fabric for the outside of the bag.**
Next you need to hem the top of the bag all the way around. Turn the fabric over about ¼ to ¼ inch, pin it in place and stitch it all the way around.
Now depending on the width of your grommets, this will determine how far over you will make your next fold. For me this was about an inch and half. You can sew this down or just pin in place because the grommets will secure it once attached. I wanted an uninterrupted look from bottom to the top of my bag so I opted not to sew mine down.
Now going around the bag, evenly spaced as possible you want to place a pin. Then mark with a small “X” because this will indicate where you will place the grommets. Snip the X and Insert the grommet. Don’t forget the tab on the back of the bag, it needs a grommet too!
**The back of the package will show you exactly how to install grommets.**
For the final step, weave your cording in and out of the grommets, to include the bottom tab and secure the end with a knot.
I hope you liked this easy peasy book bag. If you are on Instagram, tag me @ImSimplyD & let me know how yours comes out.
Here is the YouTube video tutorial