Welcome to the easiest Gift Bag Tutorial ever! You will love these instructions and the cute Baker’s Twine to close them up.
Hello, everyone! This is Sarah from Craft Quickies. I am excited to be posting again at The Ribbon Retreat! Today’s project is significantly simpler than my last project, the Grinch Ruffle Dress and Headband Tutorial. Today I am going to show you a quick and easy way to make fabric gift bags for all of your neighbor gifts.
My mother-in-law makes amazing, rich smelling homemade soaps every year as neighbor gifts, and she is ridiculously generous and sends me a huge box of them to give out as well. SCORE, right?! And since she is super duper awesome she doesn’t just put them in a cellophane bag or wrap them in tissue paper like a normal, lazy person such as myself would do. Oh no, she has to go above and beyond.
Each year she sews hundreds of darling little fabric bags, one for each individual bar of soap. Wowzer. The good news is that she has been doing this for so long that she has it down to a fine art, and last year I made her bags for her during a visit and learned her quick and easy “recipe” for bag making. Ready to learn? Let’s get going!
~ Gift Bag Tutorial tied with Baker’s Twine ~
Here is what you will need:
* Cute, festive Christmas fabric
I used the following fabrics from The Ribbon Retreat.
They are from the fabulous Alpine Wonderland Collection by Riley Blake Designs:
Don’t you just love them?! I love the darling retro-feeling prints. They are so charming!
* Coordinating Thread
* Scissors, a sewing machine, and PINKING SHEARS!
My mother-in-law makes her bags so that they measure approximately 6 1/2 inches by 5 inches. She saves a step in the cutting and sewing process by using the following method.
Cut a swatch (width of fabric – about 44″) of fabric 13 inches wide. Fold it in half right sides together. Iron flat.
Prep your machine and get ready to sew. This may sound tricky when I type it, but it’s very, very simple.
You are going to go down the long, thin fold of fabric sewing bags prior to cutting them apart. Start at one end.
PUT YOUR NEEDLE INTO THE FABRIC AND BACKSTITCH A BIT LOWER ON THE FABRIC! Don’t go all the way to the top. You are going to cut along the top of your bag with pinking shears, and you don’t want to snip through your backstitching or your bag will just unravel.
Using 1/4 inch seams, sew the edge of your bag shut. Measure about 5 inches across and sew again. Leaving a small seam allowance (1/4-1/2 inch is fine), sew again. Repeat over and over until you reach the end of the strip. Now cut your bags in between the stitching. (See the pictures if that didn’t make sense.)
Flip your bag inside out and iron it flat again. Now use pinking shears to cut the tops of your bags off.
This looks cute and saves you from having to “finish” the tops!
Now grab your gift, shove it in, and tie your bag shut. I cut my Baker’s Twine about 12 inches long.
Can you believe how easy that was?!
Get yourself some fabric today and get going! You could fill the bags with any number of things: goodies, nuts, handmade ornaments like the Baker’s Twine Wreath Ornament (shown above) that I made, or you can make some soaps of your own!
My mother-in-law’s recipes has been honed over years and it far too complicated for me to try to show you, but last year on Pinterest I spotted a very simple way to create gorgeous candy cane soap if you are interested.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
Thank you Sarah! I LOVE this gift bag tutorial! You can whip up tons of bags in such a short period of time with this method. Have you started handing out your gifts yet? Still trying to figure out what you want to do? This might just be it. 🙂
I love beautiful fabric and I LOVE Baker’s Twine. It gives such beautiful detail and adds so much to a simple bag. Here at The Ribbon Retreat, you can get six different colors for $.95/five yards. You can use Baker’s Twine for so many projects or wrapping, the options are endless.
If you loved this tutorial, which I am sure you did!, check out more from Sarah at Craft Quickies! She has awesome ideas and is so fun to read along with.
Happy Holiday Crafting!
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