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Drawstring Gift Bag & Brownie Mix

Free Sewing Pattern

Brownie Mix Recipe

Printable Label

Add a baking pan for a complete gift set

bag approx. 9" wide x 12" tall
plus ruffle area above casing


Drawstring Gift Bag & Brownie Mix

brownie mix and label
brownie mix & label

This delightful drawstring bag makes a wonderful gift bag. My daughter loves brownies, but college dorm life does not allow her the time to make them, nor the space to store the ingredients or bakeware. I came up with the perfect solution. This makes a wonderful gift for all of your chocolate loving friends. Mix the dry ingredients into a zip lock bag, add a decorative label (we supply one for you). Place the mix, instructions and a brownie pan into the drawstring bag and present as a gift. My daughter loves dogs, so I chose our Paw Prints fabric.

A brownie pan measures 8" x 8"; this drawstring bag is large enough to hold a brownie pan.

Supplies: for drawstring bag

One piece of fabric measuring 44" x 12" *
* (1/3 yard of fabric that is at least 44" wide will make one bag, 1 full yard will make three bags)

Two strips of contrast fabric, each measuring 30" x 1.75" (or ribbon for ties)


Supplies: for brownie gift

One quart size zip top freezer bag

1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (such as Hershey's cocoa baking powder)

1 cup sugar

3/4 cup flour

label (create your own label, or print our label - see below)

One 8" x 8" x 2" baking pan **
** A glass baking pan with storage lid is a nice choice because, after baking, the lid is placed onto the pan and the brownies stay fresh longer. Remove lid when baking. For someone with limited space and time, being able to store the brownies in the baking pan is a real benefit.

Labels for Brownie Mix

Our patterns download as pdf files. For instructions on downloading pdf files,
go to: pdf instructions.

Print our label to a printer label that is one full page, or you can print to card stock, paper etc. If you wish to create your own label, review our label for the necessary information.

Download Brownie Mix Label

Use 1/4" seams; press seams between steps.


1.  Turn Under Ends
Turn under 1/4" on each end. Press. Do not stitch.
press under each end

2.  Stitch Side Seams
Fold fabric in half so that turned under edges are aligned on one end.
Mark 14" from the fold on each side of your bag.
Mark 1/2" up from the first mark.
Stitch from the fold up to the first mark. Stitch from the second mark to the top of the bag. You should have a 1/2" gap in the stitching. Repeat on the opposite side of the bag. This open area will become the opening for the drawstring when the casing is finished.
Press seams open.
stitch sides

4.  Create Mitered Corners (Optional)
To help your bag stand nicely, corners can be created on the bottom of the bag. We have directions for a very easy method of creating mitered corners. For instructions on adding mitered corners,
go to: Holiday Tote Pattern Page 2.

5.  Create Casings
With the bag still inside out, fold the upper edge down so that the edge of your bag comes just past your side openings (the opening in the seam). In other words, the side openings are now underneath the area that is folded down. The area folded down will be the facing for the top of the bag. My folded area measured 3.5". Press along fold line. Be sure the fold line is straight and the distance from the fold to the lower edge of the facing is equal on both sides.

Stitch along the lower edge of the facing, all the way around, very close to the edge.

Turn the bag right side out. Note where the side openings are. Stitch a second line above the side openings. You should now have a stitched line on each side of the openings created for the drawstring. The two stitched lines created the casing for the drawstring.

NOTE: The diagram on the upper right shows the two stitched lines for the casing with the bag inside out.
stitch casings

6.  Create Ties
Cut two pieces of 1/4" or 1/2" ribbon OR create ties. To create ties, cut two 30" x 1.25" strips of fabric. Iron under the two short ends of each strip, 1/4". Iron under the long sides of each strip, 1/4". Fold the strips lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press. Stitch around the three open sides of each strip.

Attach a safety pin to the end of one tie or ribbon. Thread the tie or ribbon through one opening, all the way around through the casing and out the same opening it entered. Remove the safety pin and tie the ends of ribbon or tie together to create the first drawstring.

Repeat with the other tie or ribbon, but thread it through using the opposite opening. Remove the safety pin and tie off the ends of the second tie to create the second drawstring. Pull the drawstrings to close your bag.

NOTE: The fabric I used was new and a bit stiff, so my ties didn't pull easily at first. I pulled them so the bag closed, then opened the bag, then repeated the process a few times. After a few "practice runs" my ties worked beautifully and my drawstring bag opened and closed easily.
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