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How to sew a drawstring mesh bag

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Our family is excited to embark on summer adventures now that summer is in full swing. Our home is filled with water, whether it’s an ocean, lake or nearby muddy ditch.

There is always water. You can find shells and rock collection. And ….SAND.

Let me be clear, I’m not a big fan of sand. I would even go as far as to say that I dislike sand. Truth.

While I enjoy playing in it, cleaning out my car and making it look nice for the next month is not something that I would do. This is why I am so excited to show you how to make a mesh drawstring bag.

You might be able to change your life with this mesh bag.

It might not be possible, but it will make it a lot easier to avoid that sandy mess.

After you have finished playing, add your sand toys, rock, and seashells to the bag. Give it a gentle shake and you’re done. You can no longer use sand.

How to sew with mesh fabric

Don’t be intimidated if you have never worked with mesh fabric. It’s much easier to sew with mesh than you might imagine. Here are some tips to make sewing mesh easier.

  1. Reduce the stitch length of your sewing machine. Each machine is different but a 2 to 2.5 inch stitch is generally a good length.
  2. Mesh is transparent so make sure your seams are small. They won’t be visible. I suggest 1/4” or 3/8″
  3. Use an iron with care Your mesh fabric shouldn’t be melted. Use a cooling temperature and a press cloth.
  4. Use Ballpoint Needles. Sew mesh as if you were sewing with knits.

Materials & Supplies

  • (1) 18″ x 13.5″ piece of mesh fabric
  • (1) A piece of cotton fabric measuring 18″ x 4.5″.
  • (1) 26″ piece of cording/twill tape
  • Schmetz Ballpoint Needles (size 75/11)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Rotary cutter with sharp blade
  • Acrylic Ruler for cutting fabric
  • Rotary Cutting Mat
  • Scissors: These are used to cut fabrics such as mesh that are slippery.
  • Thread (I recommend Gutermann’s polyester thread)

How to sew a drawstring bag

Step 1

Place the mesh fabric flat on a surface.

Match the right side to the mesh fabric along its longest edge.

Sew the layers together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 2

Fold the bag in half along its length, keeping right sides together.

Step 3

You will need to mark a 1’’ opening at the bag’s top edge.

Sew along the length of your bag and across its bottom edge. Match the fabric wherever it meets.

Make sure you leave the 1” mark open.

Step 4

Make a casing out of the cotton top of your bag by folding it down 1/4″ and then adding 2 more inches.

To close the casing, sew around it.

Step 5:

A 26-inch piece of cording, or twill tape, should be cut. Through the hole in the casing, thread the cord. Match the ends, and tie them together.

Sewing a drawstring bag is easy. It will now be easier to collect the seashells.

You now know how to make drawstring bags. This tutorial will show you how to make larger bags such as laundry bags for all your towels and wet bathing suits.

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