Whether you need to wrap a gift in a hurry, or you want to make one-of-a-kind gift wrap, these two bags will suit your every need. Both gift bags will add a personal touch to any gift giving opportunity. They will also please and delight the gift receiver!I started making fabric gift bags a few years ago when I ran out of wrapping paper and didn’t want to run to the store. One big upside is that fabric gift wrap can be reused over and over again, meaning it’s better for the environment. Plus, these bags can easily be made out of scraps you have on hand. Make up a few gift bags in various colors and you’ll be covered for a year or more of gift giving.
15-Minute Drawstring BagYou can make this cute bag in just 15 minutes. It might actually take you longer to pick out the fabric and ribbon than it will to actually make the bag! Here are the materials and supplies you’ll need to complete this project:
• Quilting cotton (amount determined by size of gift, see measuring step) • Ribbon, trim, shoestring, ric-rac, or lace (amount determined by size of gift, see measuring step) • Matching thread • Pinking shears • Measuring tape or acrylic ruler
MeasuringStep 1a: Measure the gift being given. Record the width, length, and height of the gift. This vintage romance novel measured 4¼” x 6¾” x ½”. Step 1b: Double the height measurement and add the result to the width and length measurements. For this romance novel the doubled height is 1” added to the width and length, the results are 5¼” and 7¾” respectively.
CuttingStep 2a: Cut out a rectangle of fabric matching the results from the measuring portion above. The featured project’s rectangle is 11” x 13”. Step 2b: Pink all edges.
ConstructionStep 3a: In the same way the gift was measured, designate one edge as the upper edge, the opposite edge as the lower edge, and the remaining edges as the sides. In the featured project the upper and lower edges were 13” as those would be folded in half to cover the bag’s width.
Now fill the bag with your gift, tie the drawstring closed, and add a gift tag to the outside. The recipient of the gift will never know that this delightful bag was made out of a fabric scrap in hardly any time at all.
30 Minute Handled Gift Bag
If you’ve got a bit more time or are looking for a different look, you could also make this cute gift bag in just a half an hour! This bag is made to be a standard 5½” x 8½” x 4” gift bag size. Create any sized bag by increasing the length and width described below. As in the bag above, measure the gift and determine the ideal gift bag size by adding ½” seam allowances and wiggle room.Here are the materials and supplies you’ll need to complete this project:
• 1/3 yard home-dec weight cotton fabric • 1 yard of 1½” wide matching ribbon • Coordinating thread • Pinking shears • Removable fabric marker • Acrylic ruler
CuttingStep 1a: From the fabric cut two 10½” x 12½” rectangles. Step 1b: From the ribbon cut two 16” strips. Step 1c: Pink the ribbon ends.
ConstructionStep 2a: Designate one 10½” edge of both rectangles as the upper edges of each.
Now throw a gift into the bag and prepare to give it someone you care about. This fabric bag looks incredibly cute and will please anyone. To give the bag more body make it out of fleece or add fusible fleeces inside the bag.Happy sewing!