Fabric Gift Bag Tutorial

I’m a sucker for bags.  Little bag– that you can sew, double sucker!  This little simple cinch gift bag is perfect for anything.  Toss in a little gift, stocking stuffer, present for a friend, little surprise for the kids…. you name it.

The additional option to personalize the front with an iron on image is a great addition as well.  No more plain bags!  Let’s make them cute!

simple cinch gift bags with image you can sew

Materials Needed:

yarn or DMC thread – 18″ all 6 strands if using DMC floss

fabric 7″ X 6″ > 2 per bag

gift bag with reindeer image

Fabric Gift Bag Tutorial~

1- Iron the printable on the right side of the fabric.  Need help with this?  You can make your own printable if you’d like using picmonkey.  Super simple.  They have a lot of different clip arts you can choose from as well.  I went through the Christmas pile and picked the penguin, reindeer head and stocking.

iron on the template

2- Pin fabric together- right sides facing out- wrong sides are together

3- Sew around three sides of the bag

sew three sides of the gift bag

4- Cut all the edges with pinking shears
pinking shear the edge

5- Using the 6 strands of DMC floss hand sew large stitches across the top (one fabric at a time) all the way around the top of the bag.  Keep the stitch around 1/2″ -1″ from the top edge

thread yarn for closure pull

6- Tie the ends of the thread together in a knot

Stuff with your little gift bag goodies and cinch the thread tight to keep them from falling out.

You can make any kind of adjustments you’d like to the bag size.  It’s sure simple to customize both the size and the clip art on the bag.  Put their name there, any kind of design.

With these printables you can see that where there isn’t ink the space shows the fabric behind.  You will need to make sure you don’t use fabric that will make the image get lost and not show.  No sense in doing all that work for it to get lost in the fabric!

The fabric I used was busy, but it was a light enough fabric that you can see the shape and image just fine.

simple gift bags to sew

Check out this tutorial on making a customized printable with Picmonkey.

How to Create Printables with Picmonkey

Are you looking for something larger?  How about a Don’t Open till Christmas Bag.

Christmas gift bag and printable - Do not open before Christmas

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