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Hand-made fabric gift bags

Filed Under: miscellaneous, seasonal, Crafts, sewing

Buying gift wrap can become expensive. You buy the paper, tissue and the card and then realize you just spent as much money on these items as you did on the gift. This can get to be a costly project if you are invited to many occasions throughout the year.

You can create your own gift bags by reusing fabric. Thrift stores and local fabric shops are great places to find fabric squares and scrap fabric material.


  • Scrap fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Ribbon
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tool
  • About 1 hour

Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of fabric and 2 pieces of lining material (such as from a pretty cotton bed sheet) to the same size. Put each piece of fabric on top of each piece of lining and fold over only the top edges and sew. You're opening edge of the gift bag is now hemmed.
Step 2: Stack both of your sets of fabric so that the inside lining faces to the outside and the decorative fabric pieces face each other on the inside. You will want the hemmed edges together on top.

Step 3: Sew the three unhemmed edges with a running stitch, 1/4 inch from the edge of the fabric.
Now turn the stitched fabric inside out. Set a pretty ribbon about 2 inches from the opening of the bag, and tack it to the bag with a few stitches in the middle of the ribbon length. After you have the ribbon sewn on you can add pretty beads or buttons to accessorize your now completed gift bag.
Your gift bag is now ready to use or even to be given as a gift. You can make a variety of sizes and shapes designed to fit the dimensions of the gift you are giving.
I have clothing that my family has outgrown. I have come to realize that I can use these clothes and some old bed sheets to make any size gift bag. Look around your house before you start shopping for fabric squares. With a little imagination, you may find everything you will need to make your own beautiful and unique gift bags.

Fabric Gift Bag(click thumbnails to view gallery)

  • Stacy

    What a wonderful idea! This seems so much more personal and heart felt than just wrapping a gift in paper. Plus the bag is like a gift all by itself! I love getting handmade gifts, to me there so much more thought that goes into something when your making it as a gift for somebody else as opposed to pushing your way through the crowd in a shopping mall trying to find the best deal on a gift....that just seems so cold by comparison.

    I guess if you don't have time to make to make them yourself the next best thing would be to at least buy from someone who did. I've found some very nice handmade gifts at , I guess I'm just fed up with retail shopping. Thanks for the instructions, I think I'll go for handmade^2 by wrapping a handmade gift in the wonderful handmade bag!

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