How to Make a Drawstring Dog Print Bag

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You can store all your dog-walking items in this cute drawstring bag.
Iron the freezer paper stencil to the right side of one of the pieces of cotton that you cut.
This is what your stencil should look like when its all done.
You can store all your dog-walking items in this cute drawstring bag.

You can store all your dog-walking items in this cute drawstring bag.

Photo: Kayte Terry
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Uh-oh, it's time to walk the dog again. So you do the usual scramble, looking for the leash, some biscuits, a plastic bag, and run out the door, cramming all the stuff in your pocket. Not such a pretty picture. But what if you had a cute little bag hanging by the door to fill with all your doggy walk needs?

This simple little drawstring bag fits the bill perfectly. They're easy to sew and super-cute! And hey, if you don't have a dog, there are a million other uses for a drawstring bag: They make lovely gift bags, they're great for organizing smalls in your bag, they're even perfect for packing shoes in your suitcase!

What you'll need:

  • PDF of dog and bone stencil
  • Freezer paper
  • Marker
  • Cutting mat
  • X-Acto knife
  • Iron
  • 1/4 yard cotton fabric
  • Sponge brush
  • Screenprinting ink for fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Stright pins
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 4 feet cord or ribbon
  • Safety pin

To print on the fabric:


The dog and bone pattern are traced onto the matte side of freezer paper.

1. Print out the PDF of the dog and bone pattern. Place the printout of the pattern face up on a flat surface. Place a sheet of freezer paper, matte side up, over the pattern. Trace the design onto the freezer paper with a marker.


Carefully cut out all the pieces to make the stencil.

2. Place the freezer paper on a cutting mat. Cut out the pattern with an X-Acto knife.


Iron the freezer paper stencil to the right side of one of the pieces of cotton that you cut.

3. Cut the fabric into two 12-inch x 16-inch pieces. Lay out one piece of fabric right side up. Lay the freezer paper stencil over it. Iron the stencil to the fabric until the stencil adheres.


Sponge ink lightly over each stencil piece.

4. Squeeze ink into a bowl and daub some ink onto a sponge brush. Sponge all the areas within the stencils with the brush in an up-and-down motion, not a brushing motion. I used blue ink for all but one of the bones in the pattern.


This is what your stencil should look like when it's all done.

5. When the paint has dried to the touch, carefully peel up the stencil. Let dry about 20 minutes more. Cover the design with a cloth, then iron to heat-set.

To make the bag:


After you sew the two pieces together at the bottom, press open your seams. This is what it should look like on the right side.

1. Pin the two cotton pieces together right sides facing and pin at the bottom seam. Sew the bottom together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Press the seams open.

2. To make a hem on the sides, press 1/2 inch of fabric in to the wrong side of the fabric and pin. Sew the sides with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.


Here's what your pinned channel should look like before you sew it.

3. To make the channels for the drawstring, at one unsewn end, fold over the fabric 1/4 inch and then another 1 inch to the wrong side. Press and pin. Sew across the channel with a 3/4-inch seam allowance (that's 3/4 inch down from the top). Repeat for the other unsewn end.


Here's what your pinned sides should look like before they're sewn.

4. Fold the two pieces in half right sides together, making sure the channels at the top match, and pin the sides together. Sew down the sides with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, starting 1/2 inch below the channel seam. Trim the seams.

5. Turn the bag right side out, pushing out the corners.


Push the safety pin into the channel and use it to guide your ribbon through.

6. Stick a safety pin through one end of the ribbon or cord, and use the safety pin to guide the ribbon or cord through both channels. When you get all the way around through both channels, pass the safety pin and ribbon through both channels again. Take the safety pin off the ribbon end and tie it to the other ribbon end. Hide the knot in the channel of the bag.

7. To pull the drawstring, pull on one of the ribbon's loops on either side of the bag.

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Comments (3)

roselynbette writes: That's hilarious! But I agree with @smartstyle!
Posted: 3:54 pm on May 14th
kaytet writes: hey smartstyle!
not too long, i did it in an afternoon (but i also had to design the pattern, so that's a big extra step!). but if you want to cut some steps you can either do the stencil on a pre-made bag or use printed material for the bag and skip the stencil part.
also, keep in mind that the freezer-paper stencils work on anything and it's a really easy way to print on clothing, home decor, accessories, etc, so you can take the stenciling technique and use it for something else!

Posted: 6:06 pm on February 27th
smartstyle writes: That's looks so cool but, it looks like it takes a long time

Posted: 4:42 pm on February 27th
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