Drawstring Gift Bags

    Posted by  ·  November 7, 2012

    Welcome to the Bake Craft Sew Along! If you love to sew then you won’t want to miss a day of sewn handmade gift ideasAccording to Kelly is featuring gifts that can be crafted and A Southern Fairytale is sharing recipes perfect for making edible gifts! Don’t forget to enter our SEW Amazing Giveaway. Just visit Positively Splendid today.

    Hello, everyone! My name is Amy, and my blogging home is called Positively Splendid.

    When I’m not chasing after my four little ones, you’ll usually find me knee-deep in my latest creative endeavor. Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, I have a profound love for all things creative, and I firmly believe each and every person has the ability to create something beautiful with their own two hands! On any given day at PS, you’ll find ideas ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and DIY projects, and even some recipes and kid-friendly ideas thrown into the mix. I would love for you to stop in for a visit!

    I am absolutely delighted to be sharing a fun tutorial here at Cindy’s place for the Bake, Craft and Sew Along today! When it comes to holiday gift-giving, I really strive to make the presentation of the gift as special as the contents inside. Today’s idea for quick-and-easy drawstring gift bags will enable you to add extra panache to your holiday gift-wrapping, and because they are made of fabric, they can be passed along from recipient to recipient for many holidays to come. These come together with just a few minutes’ time and a small scrap of fabric and other basic supplies. Let me show you how!

    For this project, you will need…

    • Fabric scraps (refer below for the dimensions needed for each size)
    • Coordinating thread
    • Ribbon
    • Disappearing ink marker
    • Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, shears, etc.
    • Optional, but recommended: rotary cutter and mat

    To begin, cut your fabric and ribbon to the following dimensions:

    • For a small (approximately 7-inch) bag: one fabric piece cut to 6×20″; one ribbon piece cut to 22″
    • For a medium (approximately 9-inch) bag: one fabric piece cut to 8×24″; one ribbon piece cut to 24″
    • For a large (approximately 11-inch) bag: one fabric piece cut to 10×30″ ; one ribbon piece cut to 26″

    Fold your fabric piece in half width-wise, aligning each of the short ends. Pin. Measure 5 inches from the unfolded short edge down one of the long sides, and mark with a disappearing ink marker.

    Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch from the mark you made in the previous step down to the folded edge of the piece. Stitch the entire length of the opposite long side. Finish the seams with a serger or a zig-zag stitch.

    Make a 1/4″ snip just above the point where your short line of stitching ends. (This should be right at the mark you made earlier.)

    Fold down the fabric above the snip 1/4″; press. Flip the bag over and repeat on the opposite side.

    Fold the top edge of the bag down 1/4″; press.

    Fold the top edge of the bag (the edge you just pressed) down 2.25″ toward the inside of the bag; pin into place.

    Note: The resulting cuff will measure 2.25″, and it should be precisely aligned with the snip you made in the previous step.

    Stitch 1/8″ from the lower folded edge to secure.

    Using your disappearing ink marker, mark 3/4″ from the line of stitching you just made.

    Stitch along these marks to form the casing through which you’ll feed the ribbon drawstring for your bag.

    Now, feed your ribbon piece through the casing with a bodkin (or a safety pin).

    You are finished!

    Fill your bags with any gift item that strikes your fancy: jewelry items, edible treats, and more!

    For added flair, embellish the bags even more with a pretty brooch, or a festive gift tag. The possibilities are endless!

     Thanks so much to Cindy for having me over today! Happy sewing!

    Visit Amy at her blog, and connect with her at all of the places below:


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    1. sweetdanishpie
      Thursday, November 8th, 2012
      Great, love it, thanks
    2. Thursday, November 8th, 2012
      FYI - Neither link for Positively Splendid work.
    3. Thursday, November 8th, 2012
      I love this little bag tutorial. I have pinned for future inspiration. :) Thanks for sharing.
    4. Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
      Also, I'm sorry to say, I haven't been able to get any of the links for the giveaway to work. I tried the other night, and then again tonight and it just doesn't link up :( Hopefully everyone else is having better luck?
    5. Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
      omgosh how adorable are these? LOVE - and I wonder if I can hand sew, since I don't own a sewing machine...

      Thanks for sharing!
    6. Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
      These are ADORABLE!!! So many ideas in my head for these!! Thank you so much for sharing! :)
    7. Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
      These are SO cute!! I'm a newbie sewer and I'm totally making these for gifts this year! :)
    8. Karen
      Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
      The bags look fantastic! I love the embellishments! I actually just bought material to make some giant bags (same directions, just bigger) so I can wrap a carry-on suitcase for my son. I love re-using fabric bags every year and they're especially nice for those hard to wrap big gifts.
    9. Suzanne
      Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
      The finishing touches make this a great bag. Thanks for sharing.