Don't give up on your favorite jacket, hoodie or cozy pajama pants just because the drawstring has come out in the wash or you've pulled it all the way out. You can easily get the drawstring back where it belongs, and pronto. If your drawstring breaks, you can replace it with a new one using the same method.

Step 1

Find a safety pin big enough to go through the garment's channel or waistband with a little resistance. If the pin is too small, it will get lost and be difficult to pull through. If it's too big, you won't be able to work it through, and you might rip the fabric.

Step 2

Attach the safety pin to one end of the drawstring or ribbon tie.

Step 3

Push the safety pin and then the drawstring or ribbon into the channel, and by pushing and pulling, work the drawstring through to the other side.

Step 4

Pull out the safety pin and drawstring. Then pull the drawstring so it's even on both ends, and tie both ends into knots so they don't come loose again.


  • Some sources suggest using a ballpoint or fountain pen instead of a safety pin. This is not a good idea: If you forget and leave it in the garment, it can leak in the washer or dryer, leaving you with an inky mess worse than the problem you were trying to fix.


  • If you can't find a safety pin, try a large paper clip or a plastic drinking straw.