How to Make Small Gift Bags From Fabric

I thought it would be fun to share a tutorial for making small, fabric gift bags.  I think sewn bags filled with goodies would be a sweet little gift to give - either with a card, in a basket, or at a place setting at a table.  I made 12 sewn Christmas bags in less than an hour – they’re so quick and easy to put together!

To make 12 small bags, you’ll need 2/3 yard of Christmas fabric and matching thread.

Cut Fabric | Simply Creating Home

Begin by cutting 12 sets of 5 inch wide by 7 inch tall rectangles.

Sewing Edges | Simply Creating Home

For each bag, place fabric with right sides facing each other.  Starting at the top right corner, sew using a 1/4 of an inch seam allowance.  Sew the right side, along the bottom, and back up the other side. Leave the top edges unsewn.

Sewn Edges | Simply Creating Home

Once you’ve sewn the sides and bottom, you can work on sewing the top edge.  If you prefer for your bag to have a flat bottom, though, you’ll want to follow the next step.

Sewing Corners | Simply Creating Home

Putting your hand inside the bag, push the corners out and flatten the bag along the bottom.  To make a flat bottom on your bag, you’ll need to stitch for about an inch in the opposite direction of the bottom seam.  Measure an inch in from the corners and stitch.

Cutting Corners | Simply Creating Home

Once you’ve stitched each corner, clip away the extra fabric, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Fold Down Top Edge | Simply Creating Home

Fold down and finger press, or iron, 1/4 inch down on the top edge. Fold again and press. Pin if you need to, but I found that it was easy enough to sew without pins.

Sewing Top Edge | Simply Creating Home

Sew along the lower edge to create your finished top seam.  Because the bag is so small, take your time so you won’t sew through the opposite side while you’re stitching the top.

Finished Bag | Simply Creating Home

Now the fun part – turn your bag right side out. It’s done! Wasn’t that quick?

Fabric Bag and Ribbon | Simply Creating Home

You could easily adapt this same process to make a larger bag for a bigger gift or for a different holiday or party.

 I filled mine with specialty chocolates. What will you put into yours? I’d love to hear your ideas!


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