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How to Make a Cloth Pouch or a Drawstring Bag?

Updated on March 7, 2012
cloth piece
cloth piece
fold the cloth
fold the cloth
Turn right side out
Turn right side out
Bag with silver color ribbon
Bag with silver color ribbon

Have you thought of gifting somebody a present in a personalized way? Ever thought of saving few bucks purchasing gifts? Or at least thought of gifting the present in a bag which you have made?

These bags are known as potli bags in India. Brocade and silk potli bags are still popular among the fashionable crowd.

Here's how to make a simple cloth pouch or potli bag:-

Find some bright fabric. Organza, felt, silk, net type or even bright cotton works well. Take a rectangular piece about two and a half times the size you want your bag to be. Say for example, if you want to make a 4”x 6” size bag, then you have to take 13”x 6.5” sixe piece.

Fold the fabric in half with right sides facing each other, leaving about 1-2cms on the sides for the seam.

Fold the top ends and stitch in such a way that you leave 1-1.5 cms for putting the ribbon or tag. Stitch the other sides too.

Carefully turn the bag inside out.

Using a safety pin, carefully slip in a ribbon or a tag on the top end. Tie the free ends of the ribbon or the tag.


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      Kavitha Rajeev Kumar 5 years ago from India

      Thanks Angelo52! I use a sewing machine to stitch them. But if I do embroidery or glass work on them, then I do it by hand.

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      Angelo52 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Good idea. Do you use a sewing machine to do this? Or is it hand stitched?