When I make my Perfect Size Reversible Lunchtime Pouch, I always look forward to the moment when I insert the drawstring and draw the pouch closed. It's quite amazing what a little cord does to a fabric pouch.
What makes a good drawstring? Apart from being aesthetically pleasing, it needs to have a good grip. This is so the pouch remains closed when drawn. A slippery cord is the last thing you want!
When I make these pouches for the market, I usually use cotton twill. Many reasons - they're strong, come in many colours, relatively inexpensive and yes, they give a good grip. Plus customers don't shun them.
But there are other ways to draw a pouch. Occasionally I use bias binding. This method is tedious. Whether you make your own bias binding or buy them off the shelf, you will need to sew them up.
What you see here is the ironed bias binding. This job alone takes up half an hour. I think it's best to make your bias binding in batches and not on an adhoc basis.
I really dislike sewing bias binding together especially when they're very narrow. My sewing machine loves to eat it up while I'm sewing.
This other method I used to favour in the past - crochet chain stitches. You really just crochet until you have the required length and knot off. Then you crochet another of the exact same length. But I noticed that some customers are quite skeptical of its strength. For these cords, I used cotton yarn.
If you can't crochet, here's a link to a video. The instructions are quite clear. I'm sure you'll be chain stitching in no time. HERE.
I've also used waxed cotton cord. They're pretty good but the colours are too limited. I've used ribbons too. To my surprise I'm quite disgusted by the sight of the un-printed side of ribbon. You know the top would have prints and the bottom would usually be unfinished. When I see the unfinished side of the ribbon, I would go Ahhhhhhh. Plus ribbons are quite slippery. Oh, those pretty cords, I don't know that they're called. Chinese cords? I love the colours but they're no darn good as drawstrings as they're so slippery.
I've taken photos of my pouch with the 3 methods.
With the good ole' cotton twill. Sturdy, reliable.
With bias binding. A little uppity?
With crochet single chains. Looks a bit of a hippy here.
Which method do you like best?