Rather than waste money and natural resources on disposable wrapping paper, cloth gift bags can be made quickly and easily with the most basic sewing skills. I keep my eye out for fabric sales or 40% off coupons from stores like JoAnn.
Decide the size you want your bag to be. I generally keep the shape to a basic rectangle.
Make a template from a blank sheet of paper. Remember, you will be sewing the pieces together, so factor in 1/2″ or so on each edge for the seam allowance.
Pin the paper template to your fabric and cut out two identical pieces.
With right sides of the fabric together, stitch around three sides of your bag.
At the opening of your bag, turn down each side from the top and stitch across. This will give the top a nice, even edge.
Turn the bag right side out and you will see you have something resembling a small pillowcase. Slide your item inside and tie at the top with a ribbon. Packs of multi-colored ribbons can be purchased cheaply from craft stores on sale or with a coupon.
These bags were great for Christmas or birthdays when my kids were tiny and got huge boxes with Matchbox car tracks or doll sets in them. As they grew older and the gifts smaller, I simply cut the bag down and re-stitched where it was cut. I’ve been using the same bags for nearly 20 years.
Good for my wallet and the planet, too.
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