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How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Step into a world where gift-giving becomes an art form with fabric gift bags. These exquisite creations are a delightful departure from traditional wrapping paper and add a touch of elegance to any occasion. Crafted from a variety of luxurious fabrics, these bags are not only visually stunning but also environmentally friendly, as they can be reused time and time again. Whether you're celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or holiday, fabric gift bags are the perfect way to present your thoughtful gesture. They are also incredibly durable, ensuring that your gift remains protected during transportation. No more worrying about torn wrapping paper or damaged gifts! Additionally, fabric gift bags can be easily stored, taking up minimal space compared to rolls of wrapping paper. They are a practical solution for those who value convenience and want to add a touch of elegance to their gift-giving experience.

What you will Need:

  • Fat quarter or remnant
  • Ribbon
  • Standard sewing supplies

Step 1: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Cut your fabric for a medium-sized bag 13″ x 22″. You can make your bag larger or smaller depending on the gift you are giving.

Step 2: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Turn your fabric wrong side up on your cutting surface. Using a Frixion pen draw a line 1/2″ from the top long edge of the fabric. Remember that Frixion pens disappear when you iron over them. Fold the edge down until the raw edge is equal to the line and press.

 

Draw a line

Step 3: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Measure down 3 1/2″ from the folded edge and draw another line. Then measure up 3/4″ from that line and draw another parallel line.

Draw a second line

Draw a third line

Step 4: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Fold the fabric in half width-wise right sides together making sure that the lines match up. Sew a seam from the bottom to the first line and back-stitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew a seam from the second line to the top and back-stitch. You should have a side seam that has an opening in it. This opening will be for your ribbon.

Sew the side seam

Step 5: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Fold the top of the bag down so that the folded edge covers the 3 1/2″ line that you previously drew and covers the hole you left for the ribbon completely. This should be a fold over amount of about 1 3/4″. Press. Sew a 1/8″ seam around the folded edge. Make sure that you do not sew through the hole.

Step 6: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Sew another 1/8″ seam around the top folded edge.

Step 7: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Draw another line around the bag just on the top side of the opening you left for the ribbon and sew. This will create a casing for your ribbon.

Draw line above opening

Step 8: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Sew the bottom of the bag closed using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn the bag right side out. You should have a completed bag at this point.

Sew the bottom

Step 9: How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Add the ribbon. I used a 1/2″ ribbon. Using a safety-pin attached to the end of the ribbon feed the ribbon through the opening until it comes out the other end and both ends of the ribbon are exiting the opening in the bag. Add your gift to the bag and draw the bag closed and tie it in a nice little bow.

Add the ribbon

 

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