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.
Begin by cutting 12 sets of 5 inch wide by 7 inch tall rectangles.
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.
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.
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.
Once you’ve stitched each corner, clip away the extra fabric, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
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.
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.
Now the fun part – turn your bag right side out. It’s done! Wasn’t that quick?
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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