A modern reproduction of a medieval turn-shoe with a drawstring
Chalk bags with drawstrings

A drawstring (draw string, draw-string) is a string, cord, or rope used to "draw" (tighten) or tie closed an opening in fabric or other material. Typically, the drawstring is loose when not being used, and tightened when needed during use.

Drawstrings are used in clothing outerwear such as jackets (anoraks, hooded sweatshirts), trousers (breeches, pajamas, scrubs), tracksuits, hats, berets and bags (pouch, sleeping bag, stuff sack, money bag, book bags, back packs, garbage bags), and shoes (as a shoelace).

On clothing and bags, an aglet is at the end of a drawstring to prevent unravelling, and a cord lock can be used on a drawstring to keep it taut. A safety pin, bodkin, or crochet hook can be used to pull a drawstring through a hole.

In 1996, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued guidelines for drawstrings on children's upper outerwear to prevent strangling or entanglement on the neck and waist. Drawstrings can lead to deaths and injuries catching on such items as playground equipment, bus doors, or cribs. From 1985 to 1999, the CPSC received reports of 22 deaths and 48 non-fatal incidents with children’s clothing drawstrings.[1] In 2006, the CPSC issued a letter urging certain garments do not have hood drawstrings that pose a strangulation hazard to children.[2] Several recalls due to strangulation hazards have occurred.[2]

See also

  • Pullstring, a string on a device
  • Ripcord (skydiving), on a parachute
  • Shoelace, a more complex drawstring
  • Fishing net, some act like drawstrings as they are pulled in
  • Strap


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  • drawstring — [drô′striŋ΄] n. a string drawn through a hem, as in the waist of a garment or mouth of a bag, to tighten or close it by taking up the fullness …   English World dictionary

  • drawstring — [[t]drɔ͟ːstrɪŋ[/t]] drawstrings also draw string N COUNT: usu sing, oft N n A drawstring is a cord that goes through an opening, for example at the top of a bag or a pair of trousers. When the cord is pulled tighter, the opening gets smaller.… …   English dictionary

  • drawstring — UK [ˈdrɔːˌstrɪŋ] / US [ˈdrɔˌstrɪŋ] noun [countable] Word forms drawstring : singular drawstring plural drawstrings a string through the top of a bag or a piece of clothing, used for pulling the edges together …   English dictionary

  • drawstring — noun a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening he pulled the drawstring and closed the bag • Syn: ↑drawing string, ↑string • Hypernyms: ↑tie • Hyponyms: ↑purse string …   Useful english dictionary

  • drawstring — noun Drawstring is used before these nouns: ↑bag, ↑closure, ↑pants, ↑waist …   Collocations dictionary

  • drawstring — draw|string [ˈdro:strıŋ US ˈdro: ] n a string through the top of a bag, piece of clothing etc that you can pull to make it tighter ▪ trousers with a drawstring waist …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • drawstring — /ˈdrɔstrɪŋ/ (say drawstring) noun a string, cord, etc., which tightens or closes an opening, as of a bag, clothing, etc., when one or both ends are pulled …   Australian English dictionary

  • drawstring — noun Date: 1845 a string, cord, or tape inserted into hems or casings or laced through eyelets for use in closing a bag or controlling fullness in garments or curtains …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • drawstring — /draw string /, n. a string or cord that tightens or closes an opening, as of a bag, clothing, or the like, when one or both ends are pulled. Also, draw string. [1825 35; DRAW + STRING] * * * …   Universalium

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