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At first glance, drawstrings look rather overwhelming to make. I know the first time I attempted to make one, I am pretty sure I read through the directions a few times. But it is super simple and you can use a regular sewing machine.

So…grab your fabric…

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Knit Double Brushed Poly with 4-Way Stretch

First thing to figure out on your fabric is which way is the stretch and which way is the grainline – but if your fabric doesn’t have any stretch (it is a woven) you will just look for the grainline. 18945178_10103547441695385_1612301968_n.jpg

Now, you will want to lay the fabric flat on your cutting surface. Cut the fabric 1.5 inches tall (length) – to determine the width you will want to look at the measurement of the fabric you will be inserting the drawstring into. I generally make mine the entire width of the fabric (45″ to 60″ for adults and about 3/4 of that for children’s items).

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Measure 1.5 inches tall and cut the fabric
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This is what you should have now after cutting.

Once you have your strip of fabric, you will fold it in half (long sides together) so that you have a skinny strip of fabric. We will then sew this along the long open side only (not on the short sides because we need to turn it right side out). Use a seam allowance of 3/8″.

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This is what your drawstring should look like AFTER you sew/serge.

It is the time to turn this drawstring right side out through the casing you just created – I highly suggest using a pin. You will want to attach it to the one end and push it through the casing of the drawstring until it becomes right side out.

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Attach a pin to make turning the casing right side out easier.
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Pull the Pin through and the remainder of the fabric.
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Woohoo! You did it!

 

Now you have your drawstring – just remember to add a tie to each end like this…

Remember to use a pin when threading the draw string through your grommet holes or button holes.

Here is my finished product! I will be making more things using drawstrings and adding them 🙂

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Fabric Shown: Vinegar and Honey Fabric Co

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