Round Drawstring Pouch with felt flower and leaves

How To Sew A Round Drawstring Pouch

If you’re wondering how to sew a round drawstring pouch, you’ll be surprised that it’s not that complicated!

The pattern for this pouch that closes is a bit different than some other. I like that the pouch strings are in a piece of fabric that is different than the pouch.

It adds visual interest, rather than the string being part of the one piece of fabric that makes the bag.

If you are looking for a more traditional pouch, check out our tutorial on how to sew a drawstring bag in minutes. Or see our luxurious lined fabric gift bags with drawstrings.

Our simple drawstring backpacks are easy to make, too.

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • You can choose two different fabrics for the pouch bag and the “tunnel” part of the pouch where the strings are if you’d like. This would be really pretty with coordinating fabrics.
  • I used a thing string for the ties, but it would be nice to use a wide ribbon or even twine for a rustic look.
  • Use these as gift bags to give to friends.
Round Drawstring Pouch with felt flower and leaves

How to Sew a Pouch That Closes


  • Free Round Pouch Pattern
  • Fabric
  • Thread (this will be visible, so choose a complimentary color)
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • String, twine or ribbon
  • Safety pin


Step 1

Trace the template pattern on your fabric. Cut out. You will need 2 pieces of each pattern.

Step 2

Fold the short ends of the strips 1-2 times and then sew along the folds to hem. 

Step 3

Take a pouch base cutout and fold the straight side down (about 1/2 inch).

Step 4

Take a strip and place it along with the straight side of the pouch by matching the strips bottom end and the pouch’s folded part. Fold the strip into half lengthwise, keeping the edges straight and matched together. Make sure that the strips open ends (after folding it into half) overlap the pouch base by 2/3 inch.  

Step 5

Sew along the overlapped parts of the strip and pouch to join them together. Do the same steps for the other pouch. 

Step 6

Place both patterns together, with right sides facing each other. Make sure that they are matched up along the sides. Sew around the sides and bottom, leaving the top open.  

Step 7

Turn the right side of the pouch out. 

Step 8

Cut a long piece of string and attach a safety pin on the end. 

Step 9

Insert the string into the open part of the pouch strip on the top and bring it through and out the other side. 

Step 10

Insert the string into the next “tunnel” opening on the pouch.

Step 11

Draw the string out the other end.

Step 12

Cut another piece of string the same length. But this time bring the string from the opposite direction, but following the same way as above. 

Step 13

Tie a knot in the open ends of each set of strings. 

Step 14

When you pull the ends of the strings together the pouch will close. 

You can add an embellishment if you’d like to the pouch. I added felt flowers.

Be sure to Pin This craft to a sewing board so that you remember it for later!

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