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Crochet Drawstring Bag Pattern

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As promised, here is my first free pattern for the crochet drawstring bag made from T-shirt yarn, yup, another recycle project for the environment. You can click the image below to get the free pattern link in acrobat .pdf  format.

crochet drawstring bag

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Before you jump into the free crochet drawstring bag pattern, below are some tips on how to get it done.

How to Crochet Drawstring Bag

Switching Yarn Color


The beauty of T-shirt yarn is that you can make a nice joint for color switching. Simple, just glue the 2 ends with fabric glue. I used Clover fabric bond since it is proven to be long-lasting.


Cut the 2 ends in a slanting shape.


Apply glue at a length of 1.5 inches. Join them up as shown.


Wrap the outer yarn onto the inner and make it into tubular form as always. Wait for a few minutes for it to dry and you can continue to crochet.
Another method is to sew them together instead of gluing them.


Eyelet installation


We need to have eyelets fit at the hole we made to run a draw-string. Sandwich the eyelet pair onto the hole and make sure that it covers up the hole nicely, not leaving any gaps around.  Hammer the eyelet firmly by using the appropriate tools and fixtures to fit the outer and inner pieces of the eyelet to lock into the proper position.




After finished crocheting the drawstring, run it through the eyelet holes. Insert a bead at each end and tie a knot to secure the bead in place.


Attach the shoulder straps and it is done!!!! An environmentally friendly T-Shirt Yarn Drawstring Bag is completed.


Should you have any suggestions on what other things you can make from T-shirt yarn, please share with me, I would be more than happy to try it out!!!

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Tuesday 21st of March 2017

Hey, Thanks so much for sharing this crochet pattern! This is a wonderful activity to take up, and the best part is you can make cute bags like this for yourself, your friends and family! Best, Dennis


Tuesday 16th of June 2015

About how much T-shirt yarn does a Man's XL T-shirt yield?

Craft Passion

Friday 26th of June 2015

Hi E.J., sorry I didn't record the length.


Monday 15th of December 2014

Just learning to crochet, and this is just what I am looking for.

Will certainly look out for more ideas from you. Thanks.


Thursday 22nd of August 2013

Craft Passion,

My bag ended up being 11 inches tall and 7 inches wide. I double check my 8mm hook and yarn width, they are correct. I decided to make a second one to check it out again, and again same measurements. Second bag took 5 t shirts (arm pit down) xl shirts. I have no idea where I am going wrong. I do like the larger size my bags are but I am baffled where I am going wrong.

Karen Hasselberg

Tuesday 12th of May 2020

when crocheting, some people crochet a tighter stitch and some a looser stitch...This is what makes the sizes vary....

Craft Passion

Monday 26th of August 2013

I think it could be your tension is different form mine, so it end up so big.


Thursday 22nd of August 2013

Thank you for this fantastic lesson as well as the pattern. I have made one for myself that i carry around when at the camp on the weekends. Many complements. I am currently creating my second for my cousins wife. My motivation came when I had a polithera of both grey and blue tshirts from a company my husband was laid off from back in January of 2013. I had great pleasure in cutting up the tshirt to create the yarn. Thought you might like to know your ideas satisfied more than just adesire to craft and recycle but to redirect the stress associated .