DIY Cloth Gift Bags
I hate the waste that seems to inevitably come with every Christmas.
The yards of wrapping paper, gift bags, and tissue paper that we always ended up throwing away on Christmas morning would make me sick. I was never quite sure what to do about it though, until I stumbled upon the idea of cloth gift bags.
So, during the holiday season sales last year, I went to the local fabric store, picked out a few fabrics and some ribbon, and started sewing.
I found that making my own cloth gift bags was incredibly easy, and much less expensive than using traditional wrapping paper for all the gifts!
You can make lovely cloth gift bags for your holidays (or birthdays) too!
You will need a few simple supplies:
- A Sewing Machine
- Fabric of your choice
- Coordinating colored thread
- Coordinating colored ribbon
I like to do simple, classic christmas colors, so I stuck with a red/white/gold theme.
To make your cloth gift bags:
Lay your fabric out and fold it in half so you are cutting two layers. Cut out your fabric in squares or rectangles of whatever size you want your bags to be. *Remember that the finished bag will be about a half inch smaller all around than the size you are cutting the fabric.
Cut two pieces of ribbon for the tie on the bag. They should each be at least 12 inches in length, and longer for very large bags.
*OPTIONAL Take the two rectangles of cloth and sew a zigzag stitch around the outside to bind the edges and keep them from unraveling. You can also use a serger for this. I didn’t bother to do this, and my bags are holding together just fine. If I had a serger, I would definitely go ahead and do it though.
Pin the two pieces of fabric with the RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER. Insert the two ribbon ends in between the pieces of fabric about an inch from the opening of the bag, and sew three of the four edges. The fourth edge will be the opening.
Turn the fourth edge under about a 1/3 of an inch, and sew around to create a hem.
Turn the bag right side out, and you are finished sewing!!!
Place your gift inside the bag, and use the ribbon to tie the top closed.
Have fun, mix and match colors, and create all different sized bags to accommodate different sized gifts!
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