How To Make Your Own Fabric Gift Bags

Simple Fabric Gift Bags How To Make Your Own Fabric Gift BagsMany of our readers have asked for a How-To guide to making your own fabric gift bags.  I’m delighted to say… Here it is!

I’m definitely a DIY girl — sewing, knitting, and furoshiki, but “doing” and “teaching” are two totally different things.  So I asked my friend (and the woman I call my personal Martha Stewart), Elvie Look to share with us how she makes hers.  Elvie is not only an organizing expert, she’s a great teacher.

Today she shows us step-by-step how to make your own gift bags.  In eco-friendly fashion, Elvie will inspire you to use materials and embellishments you already have on hand.

And as always, we love seeing your results!  Share photos of your eco-friendly work of art on Facebook to share with our readers.  Enjoy!

Choose To Reuse ~ Making Your Own Gift Bags, Step By Step

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Fabric Gift Bags are the best place to start if you want to learn to sew, or to teach your children to sew. Not only are you doing something that contributes to our healthy green earth, but you are literally giving two gifts. The receiver can choose to keep or give away your gift bag. Who knows, maybe you will be starting a new family tradition. Why not give it a try?

Here are three different bags I made. One is virtually no sewing, and the other two are a little bit of sewing. I hope it inspires you to experiment and create one of your own. I just started with whatever fabric and supplies I had around my house. So the measurements are not written in stone, make it whatever size you would like and with whatever decorations you like.

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EASY BLACK FELT BAG – Finished Sized About 10 x 8 x 2 inches

Black Felt Bag How To Make Your Own Fabric Gift Bags

You will need:

  • A piece of felt about 17 x 11 inches
  • 3 Feet of Chain such as Furnace Chain
  • Ribbon or anything for Decoration

1.   Starting with a piece of black felt 17 x 11 inches, fold it in half on the long side.

2.   Sew down the side and across the bottom.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you could glue it, staple it, or hand sew it.

3.   Now we are going to make “Pillow Case Corners.”

4.   Fold by matching the side seam to the bottom seam, as shown in the picture.

5.   Sew across the point about 1 1/2 inches away from the point.

6.   Turn the bag right side.

7.   Take a hole punch and punch 16 holes all around the top edge about 1 inch down and 1 inch apart.

8.   Take your chain and weave it in-and-out- of your holes.

9.   With your Ribbon, make a bow and secure with a twist tie.

10. Cut 2 little slits in the felt bag on one side and secure your bow with the twist tie through the slits.

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REVERSIBLE BAG – Finished Sized About 11 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 3 inches

Reversible Bag How To Make Your Own Fabric Gift Bags

You Will Need:

  • 2 pieces of different Fabric – 24 x 18 inches each
  • 2 Ribbons that coordinate with your fabric for securing the bag
  • Cording for Handle, whatever length you desire

1.   Fold down the longest side of each fabric to the wrong side 1/2 inch and press.

2.   * Working with 1 fabric only, fold in half on the longest side.

3.   Sew down the side and the bottom, press the seam to one side or press open.

4.   Fold in half on the longest side and good sides together.

5.   Sew down the side and the bottom edge of the bag and press the seams to one side.

6.   Now we are going to make “Pillow Case Corners.”

7.   Fold by matching the side seam to the bottom seam, as shown in the picture.

8.   Sew across the point about 1 1/2 inches away from the point. You can tack the point to the bottom seam by sewing a couple of stitches.

9.   Turn the bag right side. *

10. Repeat from * to * with the second piece of fabric.

11. Sew a Ribbon to one side of each fabric in the center about 2 1/2 inches down from the folded edge.

12. Turn 1 bag inside out and place inside the other bag, bad sides together.

13. Pin your Cord or Ribbon in place in between the top 2 edges to sandwich in between them and top stitch along the edge all around the top opening of the bag.

Voila! You are done.

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RED GIFT BAG – Finished Sized About 12 x 10 3/4 x 3 inches

Red Bag How To Make Your Own Fabric Gift Bags

You Will Need:

  • 2 pieces of Fabric – 16 x 16 inches
  • 4 Grommets
  • Cord for Handles, whatever length you desire
  • Ribbon for decoration
  • Cardboard for bottom 12 x 3 inches

1.   Place the 2 pieces of fabric good sides together

2.   Sew down one side and press the seam open. Finish the top opening of the bag first by folding down the top edge 1/4 inch to the wrong side of the fabric and press. Then fold down again 2 1/2 inches and press.

3.   Sew the edge to secure it.

4.   Fold in half on the longest side and good sides together.

5.   Sew the side edge and bottom edge of the bag. Press the seams open or to one side.

6.   Now we are going to make “Pillow Case Corners.”

7.   Fold by matching the side seam to the bottom seam, as shown in the picture.

8.   Sew across the point about 1 1/2 inches away from the point. You can tack the point to the bottom seam by sewing a couple of stitches.

9.   Turn the bag right side.

10. Make a bottom for the inside of the bag by inserting the cardboard. In the picture, I covered the cardboard with fabric. On a piece of plastic bag, I sprayed the wrong side of the fabric with a spray adhesive. The plastic is to protect your table. Wrap the fabric around the cardboard and insert into the bottom of your gift bag.

11. With your Ribbon, sew it to the center front of your bag with a few stitches, then tie into a bow.

12. Make 4 marks for grommets (2 1/2 inches from the center and 1 1/4 inches down from the top? And attach grommets as per the instructions on the package.

13. Feed your Cord or Ribbon through the grommets, tie a knot on the inside of the bag at each end of the cord so it will not pull through.

14. Optional: fold the ends of each side of the bag into a pleat and secure with a few stitches.

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Elvie Bio Photo1 150x150 How To Make Your Own Fabric Gift BagsElvie Look: Your Professional Organizing Coach who is helping people get organized with her easy tips and suggestions. These systems help the busy mom, businessman or woman,  entrepreneur or student learn the keys to organizing in simple, actionable and manageable steps. She teaches how to get organized and maintain your organized space while carrying on your normal busy life. She is the author of “21 steps from Chaos to Calm.”

 

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  • Denny

    Love Elvie’s tips and tools! She has replaced Martha Stewart in my life!! Thanks Amity for sharing another amazing idea from Elvie! :)

  • http://www.thechoicedrivenlife.com Olga

    oh my Elvie, how detailed you are! Anybody who ever had the idea to make their own gift bag, this is it. I like the pic where you showed the mom with a teen working together.

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  • http://twitter.com/TiffanysToyBox Tiffany C.

    WOW I love DIY tutorials! This is so cool! Nice to be able to make it yourself, and help the earth by reusing!LOVE IT!

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