Sure you can buy gift bags at the store but these are just so much more fun :)
They are made from one cut of fabric so they’re super quick which is definitely a bonus! Now I want to dig through all my fabric and make more for birthdays too!
They are a great way to make a gift to anyone extra special!
Or if you’re selfish like me you can use them for family gifts so you can re-use them each year :)
And they fold up nice and flat just like a regular gift bag so they’re easy to store
All of my fabrics were generously provided by Dragonfly Fabrics
They don’t have holiday prints but you can search by color which is so nice!
Let’s get started!
These take a bit of math so if you’d like to skip all that you can use my handy chart :)
We’ll go over the interfacing in Step 1
1. Iron on the main interfacing to the wrong side of the outer layer of your bag 1/2″ down from the top edge and 1/2″ in from each side seam. Using the interfacing placement number from the chart position the bottom pieces that far in from the side seams (so 2.25″ for an XS bag). It should have 1/2″ of fabric left below and you’ll have a gap in the middle.
To get nice crisp lines press along the dotted lines. This will be the 4 corners and bottom edge of your bag
2. With right sides together (RST) sew the short edges of the bag together. Press the seam allowance flat and open and then sew across the bottom edge of the bag. Use a 1/2″ seam allowance.
3. Using your pre-pressed lines fold your bag so it has a nice rectangle bottom and 2 little tabs coming out each end
4. Sew across each tab right at the base of your interfacing. If you want to make sure you’re sewing in the right place the length of your stitching line should match the finished depth measurement for your bag. Trim off the excess.
Repeat steps 2-4 with your lining fabric. I didn’t bother to pre-press and just used my measurement from step 4 to make sure I sewed the corners correctly. Leave a 4-6″ gap in the side seam.
5. Sew a ribbon handle to each side. My ribbon pieces were around 6-8″ long depending on the bag size.
6. Slide the lining over the bag and sew together around the top edge
7. Turn the bag right side out and hand sew the gap in the lining shut. Once you have the lining inside the bag re-press your bag so it’s nicely formed and has 4 clear sides. Fold it up like you’d fold a gift bag for storage and press
Have fun making lots more!
They’re kind of addictive :)