Step 5: Add the drawstring

Make a channel for the drawstring by sewing all the way around the large piece, just outside the edge of the small piece, being careful not to catch the edges of the small piece in the seam.

Sew a second seam around, 3/8" out from the first seam, being careful to keep this same distance all the way around. Now you have a channel for your drawstring. (The first picture in this step illustrates the two new seams in black but, again, use bobbin thread and spool thread the match the two sides of your bag).

Cut a small slit in the outside fabric only, between the two seams. Cut another slit in the outside fabric only, between the two seams, but on the opposite side of the large circle.

With needle and thread, reinforce the edges of the hole with a whip stitch. Repeat for other hole.

Catch one end of the ribbon or chord (drawstring) in a safety pin and insert into one of the holes. Use the safety pin to push the chord through the channel, all the way around (ignore the other hole when you get to it, just go right past it). Tie the ends together in a simple knot. Repeat with the other chord starting in the other hole.
<p>Dear Chery,</p><p>I am a beginner of sewing, I was so glad when I found this tutorial. I tried to make this and just wanted to share the pics with you~Thank you for your awesome tutorial and sharing with everyone!</p>
<p>Is there any way to print this pattern? I don't usually leave my computer on when I'm sewing so I can look at the pics. and instructions. Thanks for your help, Bev</p>
<p>Hi Bev. Well, good question. It looks like &quot;pro members&quot; can download a pdf of any instructable for easy printing. I'm not a pro member so I clicked &quot;view all steps&quot; (the grid next to where it says 6 Steps) and that put everything on one long page, but when I right-clicked and clicked print, it looked like several things were overlapped and might not print perfectly. So we might be out of luck there. If you're a real problem-solver (and I tend to see this sort of thing as a challenge), you could copy and paste the instructions and photos into a word document and print. Let me know if you figure anything out.</p>
<p>I made the green and blue one first. Everyone that sees the jewelry bag wants me to make one for them. They are very cute. Thank you for the clear instructions.</p>
<p>Great job! They're beautiful! Thank you for posting a pic!</p>
<p>Thank you so much for your instructions! They were very clear and simple to follow (photos helped a lot!!!). I modified my project a bit: I embroidered the outside border with some blue floss and added pearls in the end of the chord. Aija from France.</p>
<p>I love it! Thank you so much for posting a photo! It made my day :) Love the beaded ribbon pulls and your colors!</p>
Thank you so much.. just done making this pouch.. i just love it... <br>Hema from India :)
Aren't they neat little pouches? I'd love to see a photo of yours.
I am also a novice and I've found your project inspiring. Thanx so much!!
Please tell me how the ribbon works on the jewelry bag. The instructions don't say if you are supposed to sew the ribbon together or what. mer5@zoominternet.net
It's in Step 5. I just knotted the ends of each ribbon (or chord). But you don't tie the two different ribbons to each other. It's basically a drawstring purse (or bag). The two strings work to cinch the bag closed when you pull them and let the opening back out when you pull the bag open. (That seems like a lot of explanation for how a drawstring works, I hope you're not more confused at this point).
Thanks so much for the tip about the thread in the bobbin. As a novice beginner, I wouldn't have known that! Can't wait to try this out!
love it u inspire me
Thank you! Would love to see a photo of yours in a comment if you make one.
I will
My grandmother used to make these. I always wished I'd asked her to teach me. Thanks for the instructable!
You're very welcome; I'm glad it'll be useful to you!

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