- Tote bag (mine was £1 from Tiger)
- Unpicker/small scissors
- Ribbon (2 x lengths measuring the circumference of the bag plus about 12 inches)
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
2 - Unpick the handles from the body of the bag. They may also be stitched under the hem - I just cut them off here to avoid more unpicking and re-sewing.
3 - This part is optional, but I turned down the top hem once and sewed around the top stitching, just to hide the holes from where the handle was unpicked.
4 - Take each of the handles and pin them in place along the width of the bag, lined up with the top stitching. Fold each end under by approximately 10mm.
6 - Now take each length of ribbon in turn and, using the safety pin to pull it along, thread it through the end of the strips and back to the start. The second ribbon should start on the opposite side from the first one. Take care not to twist it.
7 - Tie off the ribbons with a knot and trim any excess.
Bias binding works just as well for the drawstring, but I didn't have a chance to make or buy any at the time. Using ribbon from my stash kept costs down and the only expense I had was what I paid for the bag initially. Not a bad money saving (and speedy) project!