In a handful of your favorite colors, our Easy Drawstring Bags bring unexpected satisfaction to all sorts of practical tasks: gift wrapping, project transport, suitcase organization, and lots more!

Easy Drawstring Bags in Spectrum Cotton | Purl Soho

We revisit our Easy Drawstring Bags whenever a fabric strikes our fancy, and this newest incarnation in our garment-dyed Spectrum Cotton may be our most joyful yet. There are so many beautiful colors that picking the palette is like growing a fairy forest of toadstools!

Easy Drawstring Bags in Spectrum Cotton | Purl Soho

These bags are super simple, but detailed enough to actually be useful. The design includes a channel at the top for the drawstrings and little gussets at the bottom for a nice, plump shape. Plus, the free pattern includes five different sizes, from itty bitty to big papa, making them perfect for holding just about anything!

Easy Drawstring Bags in Spectrum Cotton | Purl Soho

The Easy Drawstring Bag is an ace organizer and gives any single-use bag a run for its money, but it really shines during the holidays. Whip up a set as a gift in its own right, or use them as gifts-within-a-gifts, filled with a skein or two of yarn, a bundle of fat quarters, or… something you’ve made yourself!

Easy Drawstring Bags in Spectrum Cotton | Purl Soho


To make a size X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large) Easy Drawstring Bag, you’ll need…

  • 1/4 (1/4, 1/2, 1/2, 1/2) yard of Purl Soho’s Spectrum Cotton. We used Yellow Ochre, Raincoat Yellow, Pink Tulip, Terra Cotta, Orange Nasturtium, Orange Coral, and Duck Egg Blue.
  • A 110-yard spool of Gutermann’s Cotton Sewing Thread to coordinate with the fabric. We used colors 1685, 1620, 5030, 1800, 1720, 4930, and 7730.
  • 2 (2, 2, 3, 3) yards of Studio Carta’s Fettuccia Ribbon, 1/4 inch in Natural
  • Our free Easy Drawstring Bag pattern


X-Small (Small, Medium, Large, X-Large)

Finished Dimensions…

  • X-Small: 5 1/2 inches wide x 3 3/4 inches tall x 2 1/2 inches deep
  • Small: 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches
  • Medium: 11 1/2 x 9 x 4 inches
  • Large: 14 1/2 x 11 1/4 x 5 inches
  • X-Large: 17 1/2 x 13 3/4 x 6 inches


For the free pattern, please visit our original story here.

Easy Drawstring Bags in Spectrum Cotton | Purl Soho