Sewing a Drawstring Toy Bag

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing

sewing drawstring toy bag

I am hatching a plan to keep all of our toys more organized: drawstring bags.

I made this first one for animals, and Elliot is doing a good job keeping his animal toys put away in this bag. It’s also a handy little thing to grab as we’re walking out the door if he HAS to bring toys.

I don’t think I really to write instructions on how to make a drawstring bag, it’s pretty much the easiest thing you could sew except for the casing. I hate casings. So here are some tips I learned from doing it wrong on this bag:

  1. do the buttonhole first
  2. sew the side seams
  3. then do the casing

sewing a drawstring toy bag

I also made a fabric label so I know what’s in the bag. I’m going to make a whole set for all our different toys (cars, kitchen toys, tools, etc.) and have hooks on the wall to hang them all from.

For this bag, I put Heat’N’Bond on the back of a small scrap of fabric and used my Cricut and the Cricut markers to write the word on the fabric, cut the whole thing out with pinking shears and sewed it to the front of my bag. These markers ARE NOT color fast, so if you use this method, don’t get it wet.

I’d like something a little more durable, so I bought some colorfast fabric transfer sheets. I don’t know if that will work with the Cricut markers, but I will do some experimenting and share the results.

I hope this helps us keep our toys more organized! How do you organize your toys???


1 Anne May 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I love the bags on hooks idea, but my boys are littler, so the labels wouldn’t be real useful… I’m thinking maybe since littler boys = bigger toys, I could put in a mesh panel – or maybe even a square of clear vinyl… I’m already brainstorming…

2 Amy@The Butcher The Baker & The Craft Maker May 7, 2010 at 4:06 pm

I love this idea. When you said drawstring bags I immediately pictured them hanging by hooks on the wall. That is such a cute way to decorate and stay organized. We have the storage bucket/shelf system. It works pretty well, but some of the tubs are overflowing with a certain type of toy. Thanks for sharing!

3 Kelsey May 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Part 2 of this project is to hang them from decorative drawer pulls on a wooden board…when I get around to doing part 2…hopefully soon!

4 Tea Rose Home May 10, 2010 at 11:41 am

The bag is so cute and perfect!! Thank you for coming over to my link party!

5 Liz m May 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

Good Idea much cheaper than storage totes

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