Do you also always accumulate a lot of fabric scraps that you would like to sew up, but you don’t know what to do with them?
How about gift bags made of fabric? Especially woven cotton fabrics are suitable for sewing small bags. I just used test prints of my fabric samples from Spoonflower this year.
Even if you don’t have the pieces of fabric of the size you want, it’s not a problem. You can sew as many pieces of fabric together to make a patchwork piece.
And of course, it does not always have to be square bags and Christmas fabrics. Simply adjust the size, format and design of the bag to your gift to be wrapped.
- 2 pieces of fabric in suitable size e.g. like here 30cm x 30cm (11.8 in x 11.8 in)
- 2 pieces of cord about 15cm (6 in) longer than the open side of the bag in this case 75cm (29.5in) per cord
- 2 strips of fabric in the length of the width of the bag and at least 4cm (1.6in) wide for the drawstring e.g. here 30cm x 4cm (11.8 in x 1.6in)
- 1 piece of ribbon for a tag if you like
- Sewing thread
Sew the two pieces of fabric right sides together on three sides. Sew in the tag at one side seam.
Then turn the bag and press the edges.
Fold in the side edges of the two strips for the drawstring and topstitch so that the strip is as long as one side width of the pocket.
Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, and press the edge.
Then topstitch one strip to one edge of the opening of the bag, leaving the side seam open so that the cords can be pulled through.
Pull the cords through the two tunnels in opposite directions and knot the ends of each cord.
The reusable gift bag is ready and the recipient can either use it again to wrap gifts, or to transport or store beautiful things in it.
Have fun wrapping gifts!
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