Making a Backpack Drawstring

Making a Backpack Drawstring
Backpacks could be considered a necessity for camping, hiking or even traveling. Some backpacks can carry an entire camp because of their versatility. Having a drawstring on your backpack makes it easier to use, helps protect your belongings and gives you the ability to close it quickly. If your backpack doesn't have a drawstring, adding one shouldn't be too difficult but will require some basic sewing skills.


Difficulty: Moderate

Tips on Adding a Drawstring to a Backpack

Things You’ll Need:
  • Measuring tape
  • Heavy-duty fabric
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Heavy-duty sewing-machine needle
  • Large safety pin
  • Cord
Step 1
Measure the top diameter of your backpack where the drawstring will be added. You will need this information so you'll know how big to cut your fabric piece.
Step 2
Lay your fabric out on a flat surface and mark off the length. Allow your piece of fabric to be 2.5 inches wide so you will have room for the seams and cord that will be inserted into it. Cut the fabric to size.
Step 3
Mark your backpack with a piece of chalk, where the upper portion of the fabric will be pinned on to give you a guide.
Step 4
Lay your fabric right side down and fold over the edges toward the inside approximately 1/4 inch. Iron your seams down to make sewing them easier.
Step 5
Pin your fabric piece onto the backpack using your chalk marks as guides and starting at the front center. You want both ends of the fabric to meet at the center front of the backpack.
Step 6
Sew your piece of fabric in place, making a seam at the top and one at the bottom. Leave the two end sections open so you'll be able to insert the cord through the opening.
Step 7
Pin a large safety pin to one end of the cord. Insert the safety pin and cord through one of the openings and work the cording around the seam until the cord and safety pin come out of the other opening.
Step 8
Pull the cord out of the fabric piece until you have equal amount on both sides. Tie a large knot onto the end of each piece of cord so the cord will not slip inside of the fabric and pull out. Your drawstring is now ready to be used on your backpack.

Tips & Warnings

You can tie a large bead on the end of each piece of cord to keep it from slipping back into the fabric.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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