With these fun fabric gift bags, wrapping your gift can be almost as much fun as making it. They have a great dual purpose of holding your gift and then being a useful little bag for storing special things!
By Annabel Wrigley
Learn how to make gifts for family, friends and pets with Annabel Wrigley’s easy-to-follow instructions in We Love to Sew Gifts (Fun Stitch Studio, 2015). From sewing machine basics to embellishments, buttons, and pom-poms, you can learn to make charming gifts to wear, use, and display. The following handmade fabric gift bags are from "Let's Wrap It Up."
Finished Size: Approximately 7-3/4 x 9-5/8 inches
• Fat quarter of fun fabric
• Approximately 24 inches of fun-colored twine
• Basic sewing supplies
Cut two pieces of fabric 8-1/2 x 12 inches using the diagram as your guide.
1. Place the two fabric pieces right sides together and pin down a long (12-inch) side.
2. Sew down that side with the edge of the presser foot on the edge of the fabric.
3. Open out the seam and iron it flat.
4. Fold in 1/2 inch on each of the remaining 12-inch-long sides and press with an iron.
5. Fold down the top 1-1/2 inches and press with an iron.
6. Use an erasable-ink pen to draw a line 1/2 inch from the top folded edge. Extend the line to go from side to side across the entire top.
7. Draw another line 1/2 inch under the first line.
8. Pin the top folded edge down to hold it in place while you sew.
9. Sew on both lines, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.
10. Fold the piece in half with right sides together and pin. Placing the edge of the presser foot at the edge of the fabric and starting just under the second line of stitching, stitch down the side edge and across the bottom of the bag. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
11. Trim the corners—but don’t cut the stitching!
12. Turn the bag right side out and press with an iron.
13. Attach a small safety pin to the end of a length of twine at least 24 inches long.
14. Feed the safety pin through the little casing you created with the two lines of stitching. Go all the way through the casing and bring the pin out through the opening on the other side.
15. Decide on the length of twine you want the finished bag to have and cut the ends even. Tie the ends together with a knot.
Once you know how to make this fun bag, start experimenting with different sizes. You could make a big wide one or maybe a tall skinny one…it’s up to you!
Attach a sweet card and maybe a pom-pom or two and you are set!
Reprinted with permission from We Love to Sew Gifts: Fun Stuff for Kids to Stitch and Share by Annabel Wrigley and published by C & T Publishing, 2015.
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