Learn how to sew a lined drawstring dice bag with a circular bottom with this free sewing pattern and tutorial. A great DIY project to improve your sewing skills and learn how to sew around curves.
Last week I made this simple round bottom bag tutorial, and many people wondered if that would be suitable as a dice bag for wargaming and board games.
Did I tell you how much I love getting feedback about my tutorials?
But, here’s the truth – if you plan to store heavy items in your drawstring bag, it would be better to make it lined, to be more durable and sturdy.
Free drawstring dice bag pattern and tutorial
So I decided to come up with this new pattern and tutorial for a lined drawstring dice bag with a flat bottom. Easy peasy, since I had the math part already figured out.
The finished bag measures approx 4.5 inches in diameter at the bottom and stands approx. 7 inches tall.
Probably can hold up tens of dice – but I can’t say how many for sure since I don’t have that many dice in my house. I photographed the dice bag with some domino tiles for scale.
Round bottom lined drawstring bag – Use it for everything!
These lined drawstring bags are ideal to use as a gift bag or to store charms, toiletries, jewelry, candles, yarn skeins, gaming dice, or coins. Actually, you can use them for just about everything!
I love the fact that the bag is looking on the inside as neat as on the outside. The drawstring cords keep it securely closed and make it easy to close and open.
Due to the flat round bottom, the bag stands on its own as well when it’s empty as when it’s full.
It took me about half an hour to make it from scratch (roughly the same as with the simple round bottom drawstring bag), but if you are a complete beginner take your eyes off the clock!
Just take your time and don’t rush the process, it will come up much faster the second time.
Related: 40 easy sewing projects for beginners
Sewing supplies – lined drawstring dice bag
- free PDF pattern for the 5″ diameter circle
- fabric – cotton, canvas, denim
- ribbon or cord – 2 pieces, each one measuring approximately 16 inches
- sewing machine
- matching thread
- sewing pins
- sewing gauge
- fabric scissors or rotary cutter
Finished drawstring dice bag size
Circle bottom – 4.5” diameter
5” tall from the bottom to the cords’ casing – and 7” tall in total
Note: All seam allowances are 3/8″ (unless otherwise noted) and are included in this pattern.
How to make a drawstring dice bag – simple step-by-step guide with pictures
Please cut out the following pieces:
– 2 circles with a 5” diameter (1 main fabric, 1 lining)
– 4 rectangles measuring 8.17 inches (approximately 8 1/8″) in width by 8 inches in length (2 main fabric, 2 lining)
As a matter of fact, you can make your bag as tall or as short as you like it – just change the length of your rectangular fabric pieces accordingly.
When you have finished cutting, you should have the pieces shown below:
Related: How to make round fabric baskets (free pattern)
Before you start sewing – If you want to make your bag more durable, you can apply batting or interfacing to the main circle bottom piece (I did not, however I think my drawstring bag is solid enough).
Now, place the lining pieces with the right sides together and sew along the long side (8.17 inches) with a 3/8″ seam allowance.
If you use non-directional fabrics (like I did) it’s best to mark each side with a fabric pencil – W for width and H for height – immediately after cutting the pieces to avoid confusion. The difference between width and height is otherwise unnoticeable, but it will matter eventually, when you’ll attach the bottom circle.
For the main fabric pieces, do the same, but leave a small opening – the first 2 1/4” and the second 2 3/4” from the top of the bag. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitches.
Press the seam allowances open and stitch into place around that small opening.
Sewing the seam allowance in place is our best chance of getting it out of the way. Otherwise, the safety pin will most likely get stuck in there while trying to insert the cords into the casing.
Align and pin the fabric circle to the bottom of the bag (double-check the position of that opening! don’t sew the top of the bag to the bottom circle!) and sew it with a 3/8” seam allowance, for both main fabric and lining.
It should be a perfect fit – or close enough, at least – if you cut your fabric pieces correctly.
Cut small snips around circle bottoms (not pictured here, sorry!). This step will make your curved seam to sit nice and flat after you turn the bag right side out.
Also, no need to finish the seams, since this is a lined bag and there will be no visible raw edges in the end.
Sewing a curve is not hard if you think of the curve as a number of small straight stitches. It’s useful to adjust the stitch length to 2.00 or 2.5 mm so you can sew more slowly.
Every third or fourth stitch or so, you have to lift the presser foot and pivot the fabric slightly before putting the foot back down as you sew. This helps you guide the needle around the curve. If you’ve never sewed around a curve, here’s a useful Youtube tutorial that can help you.
Putting the lining into the bag, right sides together. Align the lining seams with the outer fabric seams.
Stitch along the top edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance, and leave a generous 3” opening in the center.
Reach through the opening at the top and turn the bag right side out.
Tuck in the raw edges of the opening and topstitch 1/4″ away from the top edge. You may want to use a bobbin thread that matches the color of the lining.
Let’s make the channel for the drawstring cords. On the right side, I sewed around the top of the bag about 1 1/2″ from the top edge.
Use the free arm on your sewing machine, it makes things much easier!
If you’re a beginner and you’re not sure what a free arm means, take a look at this picture. Chances are that your sewing machine has one, too.
Then I did the same, this time 2 1/4″ away from the top edge. The spacing will depend on how wide your drawstring cords are.
For this step, you need two drawstring cords, and each of them should be twice bigger than the bag’s width, plus 2 or 3 additional inches.
Attach a safety pin to one end of the first drawstring cord, and feed it through the casing. Tie the ends of the cord in a simple knot. Then, start on the opposite side of the bag, and repeat with the other cord.
The whole idea is to have one loop and two ends of the drawstring on each side so that when you pull them both simultaneously, the drawstring bag will close.
How to make a BIGGER lined dice bag
Cut out the following pieces:
– 2 circles with a 7” diameter (1 main fabric, 1 lining)
– 4 rectangles measuring 11.31″ in width by 11″ in length (2 main fabric, 2 lining)
Repeat steps 1-9.
I hope you find this lined drawstring dice bag pattern useful! Happy sewing!