Tutorial for Rounded Drawstring Pouch

This is a sweet little soft drawstring pouch with a fun shape! And best of all, it is easy to make and requires a small amount of fabric. The Rounded Drawstring Pouch is fun to embellish with pretty trims and darling buttons!!! 


Here are the supplies you will want to gather:

Exterior fabric - Front and Back (2 pieces measuring 12.5" across the top straight edge and 7.5" from top to rounded bottom) a 1/4 yard of fabric. Oxford, linen and linen blends, and corduroy are perfect. If you use quilting weight cotton, you may want to press a light weight fusible interfacing to the wrong side, to add a bit of body.  

Lining fabric- Same as exterior. 1/4 yard of fabric. No interfacing needed. 

Casing fabric- 2 pieces, one for the front and one for the back. 2" by 11" strip.

Cording - 1.5" yard. Cut the cording in half to yield two pieces, each 27" in length.  

Ric Rac, Pom-Poms, Ruffled Trim (optional)

Cording end caps (optional)

Paper or template plastic for tracing template.

Print off the pouch template HERE 

Trace the pouch template shape onto Quilters Template Plastic or paper ( I use freezer paper).

Place the edge marked FOLD on the fold of your fabric. Cut 2 exterior pieces (front and back). Your 2 pieces will measure 12.5" wide at the top straight edge and 7.5" long from the center top edge to the center rounded bottom.

If you are using a quilting weight cotton, you might want to add a fusible interfacing to the wrong side of your exterior pieces for added body. I use Pellon Shape-Flex.

If you are adding a trim along the rounded body of the pouch, machine baste the trim to the front exterior and trim any excess even with the top straight edge.

Take the two casing pieces and fold 1/4 inch of the short ends to the wrong side. Press. Top stitch the 1/4 inch seam to finish both short ends of the casings. Press in half along the length of the casing pieces.

With right sides facing, center the casing strip to the top straight edge of the exterior front and repeat for the exterior back. Match the raw edges of the casing and the exterior, machine baste the casing in place.


Layer the Exterior Front with casing and the lining fabric (right sides facing). Stitch along the top straight edge only. Press open. Repeat for the Exterior Back.

Lay the Front and Back sections on top of each other with right sides facing. The lining front and lining back with be right sides facing, and the exterior front and exterior back will be right sides facing. Match the side seams and pin. Pin around the entire lining and exterior pieces. Mark a 3" opening on the bottom center for turing right side out.

Carefully stitch around the entire piece, remember to leave the opening at the center bottom.

Turn the pouch right side out through the opening. Push out all the curves and smooth the rounded shape. Give the pouch a good press. Hand stitch or machine stitch the opening to close.


Increase your stitch length and top stitch close to the top edge. Almost finished!!!

Feed one 27" drawstring through the casings on one side. Knot. Repeat with the second 27" drawstring on the other side of the pouch. Knot.

Add embellishments if desired! Have fun and be sure to tag us if you make one! We would love to see it!!! @sunnydaysupply

** You can easily draft your own rounded shape in the size you like and adjust the size of the casing to meet your own drafted shape. I left about a 3/4" space on each side of the casing edge to the side seam. Lengthen your casing if you rather not have that much space.** 

Link to Cording and End Caps