Drawstring Bag Tutorial 2: Fold and stitch method (a cheater's flex frame pouch)

  • 2 x outer fabric 22.5cm (h) x 11cm (w) 
  • 2 x inner fabric - lining 20.5cm (h) x 9.5cm(w) 
  • flex frame 8.5cm
  • string for the 'drawstring' 45cm (longer if you prefer) 
  • If you are making this pouch for your sunglasses best to have them handy to measure the fabric just in case
  • Grab the outer fabric and get some cellotape/ sticky tape and stick it on each end of you sunglasses as shown below to make sure the pouch will fit your glasses later on.

  • Grab the outer pieces of fabric wrong side up. Fold down a flap of fabric 3cm from the top and iron.
  • Grab one of the outer pieces of fabric and fold in a a small triangle of fabric on both sides and pin. IRON.
  •  Now fold down a thin flap of fabric to cover the triangles ~ 0.5cm from the top.
  • Topstitch the ironed area down making sure to back stitch at the start and end. Also try and stitch before the needle actually reaches the pinned area as shown below. 
  • If you are using a laminated cotton or oil cloth then you wont need to fold and hem the tops of your lining fabric. But if your just using normal fray-able fabric remember to fold and hem!
  • Now grab the outer fabrics good sides facing each other and sew around the three sides (not the top). 
  • Now grab the inner fabrics, good sides facing each other and sew around the three sides again (not the top).
  • Grab the inner lining fabrics and slip it inside the outer fabrics as shown below. Pin the tops to each other and sew each side.

  • Grab the joined pouch and measure the height of the flex frame from the top and pin where you need to sew to fit the frame in, sew both sides. (Ignore that the picture shows the wrong side of the fabric it should be good side up)
  • If you only want to use this method to make a drawstring bag, here is where you slip the string in, tie and tah dah have a handy new drawstring bad . (refer to the method above on how to tie the strings)
  • For your flex frame pouch you will have gotten a flex frame with one edge joined and one end loose with a spare pin.
  •  Slip the frame ends into each respective side, beware of the sharp edges of the frame. Use some sticky tape to protect the ends of the flex frame as you push it through the bag. 
  • It is very hard to zoom in on the flex frame, but you will need pliers handy to close the receiving end of the pin. Once it's close, slip the pin inside and close the top end of the frame and you will be done!
  • Tah dah! You have a fancy new flex frame pouch done the cheater's way!

mel@all.wrapped.up Web Developer

The indecisive crafter


  1. That's lovely...where did you get your Parisian fabric?

  2. Hi bstaple117,

    thanks for your comment! The fabric is by michael miller its called Paris ville, I bought mine from luckykaerufabric. I just checked their etsy and they still have it in stock for $7.99/yard; here's the link:


    Hope it helps,

  3. Hey Mel,
    WOW what a small world it is with blogs, Facebook and Pinterest!
    I saw a tut of yours on a wallet and came to have a look and you're an AUSSIE too!! And you live in my home town and I'm a Mel too (but twice your age).
    Love your blog and your well detailed tutorials.
    My query is about where to find the flex frames?
    Yours in excited Melb' Mel-ness, Melanie McK

  4. Hi Mel,

    I'm so glad that I have a fellow aussie reader! I'm always jealous of people who live overseas with access to cheap craft supplies - I dream of a day I will be able to shop at hobby lobby, the dollar tree, walmart and joann for craft supplies instead of scouring the internet for shops that ship to Melbourne.

    With the flex frames I bought mine rather expensively at a craft fair in Melbourne a few years back and can't remember the name of the shop. But when I was in Japan I went to daiso and they had 2 flex frames for 100yen - and now Melbourne has two of these shops one in Abbortsford and one in Doncaster. The infamous Daiso 100yen for everything policy is converted to $2.80AUD through some unknown exchange rate conversion they have going on, but $2.80 for 2 flex frames is pretty cheap. The only caveat I have to this is that I haven't had a chance to go to Daiso yet so I am not 100% sure if they stock them.

    Other sources I would recommend would be online. I had to recently reformat my computer and loss all my bookmarks so I can't give you a whole list of suppliers but I did find one. This etsy shop (cotton touch) stocks 8cm flex frames, including shipping its will cost $16 for 10 of their frames (http://www.etsy.com/listing/77639228/10-pcs-metal-internal-flex-frames-purse?ref=sr_gallery_17&ga_search_query=flex+frame&ga_search_type=supplies&ga_ref=auto&ga_facet=)

    Hope this helps and would love to see a picture of your completed flex frame pouch.

    Happy Crafting,