Drawstring Squishy Pocket Bag Tutorial

Hi friend! I have another fun sewing tutorial for you today! The Drawstring Squishy Pocket Bag is super easy and only takes about an hour to make!

It’s a great beginner sewing project and you’ll not only make a super cute finished bag, but you’ll learn some valuable sewing skills to boot!


Let’s get started shall we?

Watch the full Drawstring Squishy Bag with Pocket Tutorial here:


Download the Drawstring Squishy Pocket Bag Instructional PDF here:


Products Used:

My Sewing Machine

My Quilting Tutorials:


Fabric Requirements:

  • 1/2 yd.— Outside Bag Fabric
  • 1/2 yd.—lining Fabric
  • 1/4 yd. or 1 FQ—Front Pocket Fabric
  • 1/4 yd.—Drawstring Casing and Handle Strap Fabric
  • Cotton Batting OR Fusible Fleece: 1/2 yard
  • Cording: 2 yards 3/16” Cotton Filler Cord or ribbon

Cutting instructions:

  • Outside fabric: Cut two pieces 12.5” x 13”
  • Lining Fabric: Cut two pieces 12.5” x 13”
  • Front Pocket: Cut two pieces 8.5” x 13”
  • Handle Strap: Cut one piece 3” x 8”
  • Drawstring Casing: Cut two pieces 2.5” x 11”
  • Cording: Cut two 1 yard pieces
  • Batting: Cut two pieces 12.5” x 13” and cut one piece 8” x 12.5”
  • (For a bag that holds its shape better you can use fusible fleece or Fusible Foam stabilizer. )


Finished bag size approx. 12” w x 11” h.


  • Heidi Johnson August 16, 2018 at 5:46 am

    What a cute bag! The fabric really makes a big difference in how good the bag looks too. And you chose amazing fabrics as usual. 🙂

  • Linda August 16, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks Erica! I’ll be making one soon, as my handwork bag I’m using now has a hole in it!

  • Diane August 22, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Can this bag be made without quilting? Would you just omit the batting layers?

    • Brittany August 31, 2018 at 8:35 pm

      That’s what the fusible fleece is for, to replace the batting/quilting.

  • sarah engels April 16, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I used to call those paper things a chatterbox – some say paper fortune teller!


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