DIY Gift Bag

Hi Craft Snob Fans!! I’m Sarah from Blue Susan Makes where I blog about all my sewing adventures. It’s no secret that I love making bags and today I’m going to share with you how to make an easy DIY reusable gift bag, another tutorial to add to your beginner sewing projects. The Holidays are upon us and sometimes I don’t have time to make something special for everyone, but I still like to give a gift with a touch of handmade.  Stuff them with a bag of baked goods, candy bars, lotion, a cozy scarf, or some fun socks and you’ll have the perfect gift for a best friend, neighbor, or teacher. (Mine are holding a package of store bought cookies).

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You could even do your friend or teacher a time saving favor and sew up as stack of them as a gift.

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  • 14″ x 14″ fabric
  • 22″ long piece of ribbon
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

This style of bag has the seam in the back with the tie sewn in to make tying a bow a snap. These little bags are 12 1/2” X 6 1/2” finished but it is easy to re-size them to fit your needs.

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Want to learn how to make them? I bet you do!

1. Start with a 14”X 14” square of fabric. Fold 1 edge toward the wrong side 1/4” and Press.  Fold it again 3/4” and press. Then stitch your hem in place.

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2. Cut a 22” length of ribbon, fold it in half and pin the middle to the right side of the fabric about 2-2 1/2” down from the hem on one side. Fold the opposite side over it and sew along that side edge with about a 1/4” seam.

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3. Zig-zag or serge over the seam to finish off the edges. TIP: To finish a seam with a zig-zag I always decrease my stitch length and widen my zigzag a little, then sew with one stitch going off the fabric and one stitch on. It rolls in the raw edge as you sew.

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4. Press that seam to one side and fold the rectangle so the seam is in the center back. Stitch across the bottom and finish the edge if you wish.

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And you’re done!! Now turn it inside out and stuff it. These gift bags are so quick you could make several in an hour once you are on a roll. Oh, one more idea, instead of using printed fabric you can use plain and hand stamp it in a few places like I did.  

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Thank you Sara! Happy Sewing! Now who are you going to make a gift bag for this year?

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1 Comment
  1. If you sew 1″ diagonal on the corners of the bag (wrong side), you will have a flat bottom.

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