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fabric bagPhoto: Ihanna

I love packaging that doubles as a gift, so I'm a massive fan of totes, baskets and tins when it comes to wrapping my holiday gifts. This year, I can't wait to try out this fabric bag tutorial and fill them with fun, inexpensive gifts for my nieces and nephews. I'd fill them with playing cards, jacks and then some. Want to try the idea yourself?:

Pick some festive fabric.
Cut a piece the width necessary for your bag, and twice as long, leaving a 5/8″ seam allowance.
Cut two long strips of fabric, the same length as the finished bag and 4″ wide. The strips will be your ties.
Fold the strips in half to make a 2″ wide piece, with the right sides together, and sew the long open side and one of the ends. Turn the strips right side out and press.
Fold your bag fabric in half, lengthwise, right sides together.
Insert 1″ of the tie into the bag, about 1/3 of the way down the bag.
Pin the seams, pinning the tie into the seam.
Turn the top edge 5/8″, press and pin down.
Sew the sides shut.
Hem the top of the bag.
Turn the bag right-side out and press.

Watch the video for more a visual! Go, handmade!


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