Drawstring Wristlet

My daughter attended her first prom this weekend.  She decided she wanted a yellow dress, which proved to be tricky, but she found one she loved.  She set out to buy flat shoes to go with it, but instead fell under the spell of a pair of heels that make her tower over me by about half a foot.  She borrowed some jewelry from me, which only left her needing some sort of bag to hold her phone, lipstick and car keys.  That’s where I jumped in.

Codi falls into the category of women who carry a purse only when it’s necessary.  I’m there with her.  But as long as you have to, it might as well be cute.  And as small as possible.

I apologize for the atrocious photos.  I was in a hurry and didn’t realize the fabric made it a little difficult to see my stitching.  Hopefully you can make out all the important parts.

I used a metallic brocade for the outside of this and satin for the inside, but just about any fabric would work.  Mine unraveled almost faster than I could get it sewn up, but paid off in the end because it looked great with her dress.  You’ll need to cut the following:

9” by 12” rectangle of the outer fabric

12” by 1 1/2” strip of the outside fabric

8” by 12” rectangle of the lining fabric

Wristlet 1

On the larger outer piece, measure 1 1/4” from the long edge and 2 7/8” from each edge.  Iron a small piece of interfacing to the back and stitch a 1/2” vertical button hole on each side.  Cut the buttonholes open.

Wristlet 2

Fold the narrow outer strip, right sides together and stitch the long edge.  Turn.

Wristlet 3

Cut a piece of narrow elastic 2” longer than your wrist.  Attach a safety pin to one end and feed it through the tube you just made.  When the opposite end is even with the end of the tube, stitch through both to hold it.  Continue until the end with the pin is even with the other end, remove the pin and stitch that end as well.  This is the wrist strap.

Wristlet 4

Lay on top of the large outer piece so the ends are even with the short edge on one side.  The top edge of the strap should be even with the top of the buttonhole.  Fold the other side of the outer piece over the top, short edges even.  Stitch down short edge, backstitching over strap.

Wristlet 5

Stitch a couple of rows of long basting stitches near the bottom edge of the bag.  Pull the stitches to gather and knot the thread.  Flatten the bottom of the bag with the seam centered on top.  Stitch across 5/8” from the bottom edge.

Wristlet 6

Stitch the lining the same way, leaving out the wrist strap and leaving a 2” opening in the side seam for turning.

Wristlet 7

Turn the lining right side out.  Put it inside the outer bag.  Match seams and raw edges.  Stitch around the top edge.  Turn right side out through the opening in lining.  Hand stitch the opening closed.

Wristlet 8

Push the lining inside the bag, folding the outer bag to the inside 1/2”.  Sew a row of stitching 1/2” from the top edge, where the bag and lining meet,  and another 1/2” below that.  Your buttonholes should be centered between.

Wristlet 9

Cut two pieces of ribbon, 20” each.  Feed a piece of ribbon into one buttonhole, all the way around the purse, and back out through the same hole.  Repeat on the other side.

Wristlet 10

String a bead on both sides and knot the ribbon below it.   We found it needed to be double-knotted to keep our bead on.  Trim away excess ribbon. 

Wristlet 11

Pull both sides to close.

Wristlet 12

This was the perfect prom accessory for her and looked great with her dress.

Wristlet 13

I think I might need a more rugged version of this to hold my stuff at track meets!

Wristlet 14

26 thoughts on “Drawstring Wristlet

  1. It’s lovely, lucky daughter to have a mum to whip a bag up for her! I don’t understand how you can cope without a handbag though, how do you cart the kitchen sink round with you?!?


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  3. This is an awesome purse. I love it. One just like this would be great for a bride! Or even as a gift for the bride’s maids. I love it. Thank you so much for posting the tutorial for this.


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  5. Hi CraftyStaci! I have been an avid crafter for many years now, but your blog inspired me to share my ideas with the world! I just recently made my own blog, but I don’t have any crafty friends… Can you please help me with my blog? I am only 16, so I don’t have very many connections.. hehe 🙂 I made one of these drawstring bags for my outfit for my brothers wedding usi a floral print for the lining, and a vintage lace for the outside 🙂


  6. Thank you for the inspiration! I’ve been asked to make the wristlet for my future daughter-in-law’s wedding wherein it is the tradition to “pay” to kiss the bride and form a circle around her thru which the groom (my handsome son!!) must break thru to get to her! I’ve purchased the fabric but needed an idea…I can now continue!!!!


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