I really like drawstring bags, but I always found it a bit messy getting the top neat
but I promise I didn't steal it.
Drawstring bags can be any size depending on what you want to do with it
and what fabric you have on hand.
To make a bag you need four pieces of fabric the same size,
two for the main (outer fabric) and two for the lining.
and two strips of fabric the same width as the main fabrics but 1.5" wide.
You also need a piece of batting.
You can quilt the batting to the main fabric if you like and then lay them right sides together and sew three sides. Do the same with the lining leaving a gap at the bottom for turning later. Fold over 3/8" on each side (the short ends) of the strips and sew down. Fold the strips in half length wise and press.
Turn the main fabric the right side out and carefully pin the folded strips at the top.
They should fit nicely with a small gap at each side.
Side your lining over the bag and pin carefully. Sew all the way around the bag top.
Remove the pins and pull the main fabric out through the lining. Sew up the gap.
I usually top stitch the top of the bag to make it neat.
Thread your cord through and your bag is ready to use.
I love how neat and tidy this is, all lined and all raw edges covered.
While I was working this out (my first ones the top strip was too narrow)
I made one for my knitting, one for Annie's wet clothes
and one for Annie's hairbrush.
Honestly I can see myself making a lot of these and I hope you do too.