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Reusable fabric gift bags
I don’t know about you, but the amount of wrapping paper we seem to go through each year is crazy. I thought it would be fun to use up some of my holiday fabric and create some Reusable Fabric Gift Bags that we could use year after year. That way it cuts down on some of the waste in our home and then I get to see some of my pretty fabric sitting underneath the Christmas tree. It’s a win-win, don’t you think?
For the novice sewer to even the more experienced, this will be a fun sewing craft…and super useful as well. Although its perfect for eliminating the after effects of opening gifts, you can use this method to create cute little bags at anytime for any occasion you deem necessary! So, let’s get started.
- Sewing Machine
- Cord or Ribbon
Cut your fabric. You can make these bags any size that you would like, but if you want to make your life really easy, just make them the width of your fabric and then you will only have to sew one side seam.
After you have cut your fabric, measure down 1″ on both pieces near where you will sew one of your side seams. Mark with a fabric marking pen.
Turn the fabric so that the right sides are together. In the picture above, the wrong sides are together so turn them the opposite direction. Sew the bottom and one side seam all the way up until your 1″ marking. Press the seams open. If you are doing a smaller bag with two side seams, sew both of them, but you only need to leave the top 1″ open on one of the side seams.
Fold over the top 1″ towards the wrong side of the fabric and press to form a casing. As you can see, I serged the edges of my fabric for my bags, but that is completely optional…….I just like how neat and tidy it makes the edges.
Sew the casing by stitching close to the raw edge of the fabric that you’ve turned over to the wrong side of the fabric. Sew all the way around the top.
You will have a little opening in the side seam to thread your ribbon or cord because of the 1″ we left open when sewing the side seam earlier. Thread your cord or ribbon using a bodkin or safety pin. Make the cord as long or as short as you would like. I used spaghetti bias as my cord since I had a lot of that on hand from other sewing projects, but you can use anything you would like.
Fill your bags and then you are all finished!
How did your family and friends enjoy receiving their gifts in these cute bags? Let us know in the comments!
More Fun fabric Christmas projects
- You can check out how to whip up some of these DIY Christmas Pillowcases HERE.
- make this easy Holiday Tablecloth with built in table runner by clicking HERE.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS from The Cottage Mama!
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