Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tibetan drawstring pouch tutorial

I was kindly asked by an Etsy member elnorac to add a tutorial or direction for sewing this pouch

 Soon will be Christmas so I decided to make a present to all my reader. I have chosen red and green patterns for this tutorial. Hoping you like it!
In 30 minutes sewing  you will have a drawstring like this :)
The size is 4,5 inches width 4 inches height.

You need 2 almost half circle 5 inches x 4 inches and 2 rectangles 5 inches x 2,5 inches.

1. Sew each rectangle with half circle right side together.

2. Iron both parts.

3. Sew right side together and zig-zag stitch.

4.  Hem the end and stitch by hand.

5. Turn over and the pouch is ready to put the drawstrings.
 Here is the "Magic". Look carefully how to begin.

6. Cut two strings 20 inches long.
From the side seam begin  running stitch around the bag first one and then another side.


Tie two ends by a knot.
7. Repeat the same action beginning from opposite side a quarter inch distance between stitches.

Drawing two ends will close the bags. At this step open it manually - put finger inside and open.

8. Now it is time for endings.
Cut 2 circles 2,5 inches diameter from one color .

Fold in a half, stitch with a pin and sew diagonal.



Turn over and pull the string to look better. 

 If needed cut the ends with scissors.
Repeat with other end.
These strings will close the pouch.

9. Now we make the strings for opening.
Cut two strings 10 inches long. Fix the string at the side seam between two running stitches.

Make the ends equal and tie a knot.

10. Cut 2 circles 2,5 inches diameter from another color. Make the ending the same way.

The back side of the pouch.

 Enjoy the magic! Yo can see how it "works" here.


  1. You are a genius! And very kind! Thanks so, so much for posting this tutorial! I've looked all over the internet and haven't been able to find one before. Bless your heart!

    I'll post this to Pinterest, and once I make a bag and post it to Flickr, I'll link back here.

    You're the best!!!!

  2. Hi, Rumi! Put 2 photos of my first bag on Flickr and Pinterest with credit to you! I think this link will work:

    Thank you!