DIY Fabric Gift Bags

DIY Fabric Gift Bags

Welcome to SewVeryEasy, my name is Laura. And today we are going to make gift bags. And we are going to use original paper gift bags, and we’re going to take those gift bags and make them into fabric. So the size of the gift bag you choose is going to be the size of the gift bag that you’re finished, because you’re going to use the actual bag as your pattern. And, you will be able to use the original handles, so you won’t have to buy anything extra for the handles. So what you’re going to need to do is, well, get an old gift bag, one that has handles that you’re able to reuse. So in other words, not the paper handles. And you need to choose your fabric. Now you can choose any fabric you want at all. I like this line from Timeless Treasures. It’s called Marigold, and I think the colors are a lot of fun and I’m going to make quite a few bags out of this. Now the key player in this is going to be this product called Soft and Stable. So ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable is really really nice because what it is, it’s foam with fabric on both sides, it’s sewable and washable, and it is going to make the bag have that nice stable look that we want but it’s going to remain soft. So this is the gift bank that I’m going to make out of fabric. So the first thing I need to do is, well, remove the handles because I am going to reuse those handles. And if you’re going to use the nylon handles be very careful with the iron because the heat of the iron will melt these and it’ll stick to your iron. Down the center you will find a fold and you’re going to cut down that center fold, following that line all the way right to the bottom. Then you’re going to cut along the bottom, right to the corner. And you need to do that for both sides. So this is our pattern now. So now that we’ve had this cut out, we’re going to lay it on top of a piece of Soft and Stable. And we are going to trace all the way around the outside of the bag. After you’ve had it all traced, mark where the handles were, and then mark where the fold lines were. And don’t forget to mark the seam along the bottom. So now we have all of the seams marked. So you’ve just made your own pattern! Now we need to cut the pattern out. And you can use your rotary cutter and mat for this. And just cut all the way down, following your drawing lines, on both sides. And you won’t have to worry about these little notches yet. So your patterns been cut out, now you get to place it on top of your fabric. And make sure that you have at least an inch all the way around. And you are going to sew the two layers together. Pin your pattern onto the fabric, and make sure your fabric is pressed. You’re not going to have any problems sewing the ByAnnie’s Soft and Stable, because it is very easy to sew. With matching thread, sew down your line here, and sew those lines right there. And you can come right off the fabric. So the pieces have been sewn together; now we need to cut out these tiny corners. And just put your scissors between the two layers and cut out this foam. Now try to trim as close as you can to your stitching line without cutting the fabric. Now that these pieces have been cut out, you can see that that is the same shape. Now you’re going to do another row of stitching and you’re going to stitch a quarter inch onto the Soft and Stable all the way around. Take this and give it a nice press. Take your lining, which has been pressed right-side up. Your front of the bag right-side down. And now you need to make a seam allowance all the way around at ½”. Now by layering the fabrics together, well, you have ensured that both these sizes are exactly the same size. And you can see that we do have the seam allowance all the way around the outside. Now we’re going to add the handles. On the front we need to mark the seams for the handles. So just place a pin in the marked area and turn the bag over. Pin the handles onto the front of the bag, right in the placement that you have. Now the next thing is to pin the straps out of your way, so take a safety pin and just pin them out of the way because you don’t want those handles to get caught anywhere in the side seams. In the seam allowance, just stitch the handles down. So the handles are stitched down and I’m going to leave the pins because that way they will never get in my way. The next thing is to sew it together. Take the bag and fold it right in half. And you are going to stitch right beside this Soft and Stable, your pattern. You’re not going to stitch 𝙤𝙣 the pattern; you’re going to stitch right along the pattern edge. Now if it’s not equal on both sides, or you’ve sewn over top of the Soft and Stable, don’t worry about it. It’ll all work out. Now you need to press these seams open and flat on both sides. Now you’re able to take this bag bottom and it will automatically want to go into this shape. And you will sew again right along your Soft and Stable. And do it on both sides, keeping your seams flat. So now the bag bottoms are done and you can turn the bag right-side out. And you can see the bag already wants to take that shape. Now we need to sew the lining. The same thing: Fold the lining in half and you’re going to sew the ½” seam allowance on one side. On the other side, stitch ½” a little bit at the top , and a ½” a little bit at the bottom, because we’re going to use this opening to turn the bag right-side out. Press your seams open and flat. So the lining is in the same shape as the bag, but in this case it has a little opening in one of the side seams. Now take the outside and slide it over top of the inside. Make sure that the good sides are touching, matching up the side seams and the raw seams around the top. Stitch right beside that Soft and Stable all the way around. Now with this little opening you’re able to turn the bag right-side out. Now we need to finish off this seam. So we have two choices: We can just stitch it with the machine, or you can hand-stitch it. If you hand-stitch it, well, the bag becomes reversible. So tuck the lining into the bag and now you can take off your straps. Push out your corners and then you will have a row of stitching that had already been previously done. You will be able to follow that quarter-inch stitching line and stitch the lining down to the top of the bag. Now to press this you’re going to take those two outside seams and match them up on both sides. And then press this area here. You don’t need to press this bottom. The next thing is just to press a little bit of the bottom seam, and if you just put some steam on that handle and give it a pull, it will take the wrinkles off because you do not want to hit that with the iron. Now you have a gift bag complete. From a paper gift bag to a cloth gift bag. They’re both reusable, however, chances are this one won’t be re-gifted. You can make them in many different colors, many different styles. Any way you do them they’re quick, they’re easy, and they can be addicting. Give them a try and let me know what you think. Thank you for joining me today on SewVeryEasy. Feel free to subscribe and, as always, come on back. Let’s see what we’re sewing next time
in the sewing room. Bye for now!

100 Replies to “DIY Fabric Gift Bags”

  1. Wow! I love this project! I have a candle business and this would be perfect for me to carry around samples and catalogs! Thank you!!! 🙂

  2. I want to make one of these bags right now, I love them. I don't have the foam so I will experiment with some other stabilizers and hope one of them work. I will definitely be making these bags for my gifts that I mail out of state for my family. Thank you so much. Any suggestions for any other material that might work other then foam. Great channel!

  3. Just made my new wonderful fabric gift bag! It was very easy to follow your instructions. I used some batting and used wonder under to make it fusible. Can't wait to make more. I will definitely be making these for gift giving this year!😀 Thank you again!

  4. hi! just found you…. I LOVE your videos! 🙂 I've been sewing all my life, but you make new ideas so fun and easy! I have wanted to make re-usable Christmas gift bags for years…. but never have. Yet. Next project…. !

  5. OMG!!!! This will definitely be the new way I bag gifts to family and friends, and a way to get rid of my remnant fabrics!!!!! Thanks again!!! Love all of your tutorials!!!! I'm a fan!!!!! Thanks Laura!!!!

  6. So beautiful! Thank you for sharing! I'm a huge fan of 'smaller' projects, especially when the time you can spend sewing comes in small doses. Can't wait to try one. Wondering if I can use a 'regular' medium weight interfacing instead of the foam? Or is it your experience that it just doesn't work as well?

  7. Clever as always, darling idea and understandable  tutorial, I may have to try this too! Great Work!

  8. thank you and would like to share your video with my friends. just want to ask if we don't have soft and stable what other product to use.

  9. Can't believe a free bag pattern has been in front of me all this time lol thanks for the fab video I love things short and sweet you don't get bogged down with too much information that way!!!😉x

  10. Thank you! I love this! I've made some simple bags just for the family to use in place of wrapping paper, but I only use them at home because they're just not the classy look I want for gifts. That fabric is going to be re-purposed to make class bags–even for my family!

  11. I would love to see you do a video on fabric(or lace, or delicate see through ?) to use inside your beautiful fabric bags instead of paper tissue. I love your creativity and ideas.

  12. I have made two of these. DO NOT RELY TOTALLY ON THE BAG FOR YOUR PATTERN. Neither bag I used was "square". I had to measure to get the right dimensions. That said, it is a great idea. I refused to pay $13 for that Soft and Stabilizer stuff PER BAG and used pellon instead which was $6 for two bags. It worked fine.

  13. I love these!  I just wish I had time to make them before Christmas!  (Busy making a queen-size quilt for my adult son.  🙂  Thanks for this tutorial.

  14. Thank you so much 😊 you are very good 😊 at showing me what to do, I think 💭 this is a great idea 💡 and as you say, no one is going to re gift 🎁 it are they 😁🤔😁

  15. That's really cute. Especially for fragile gifts. I think I'd use some stiff interfacing instead for less fragile gifts. 🙂

  16. Another FABULOUS and INGENIOUS idea, Laura! LOVE your videos, each and every one! Have you ever tried using tulle instead of tissue paper? It comes in so many fun and complementary colors, and I think with a little experimenting, one or a few pieces could be cut and arranged just so and look very cute in the bags. I've been making fabric Christmas bags for about eight years for my family. After making yet another batch of plain rectangular bags this past Christmas, I have decided it's time to kick it up a notch, so I went traipsing around Google, searching for ideas. I was so happy to see your smiling face in the Google hits. I knew I had a winner before I even watched it, and of course, no surprise, you did not disappoint!

    Thank you for another great tutorial. Keep making your wonderful videos, Laura. I will never get tired of watching them! 🙂

  17. Thank you for the awesome video instructions. I'm a beginner had a little problem but fixed it at the end.
    Thank you again for the bag making. It was fun. God bless you.

  18. I liked this tutorial but wondering why can't we sew the lining together with the main bag. seems to me that would cut down couple of steps.

  19. Was a lovely video hard to follow and see where to stitch and stuff, camera was little far away to see anything, but lovely. You do wonderful work. You should sale some of your work I would buy the white, black n pink purse you did with the metal stable things inside. Oh my that one was lovely.

  20. Thank you! I’m going to make some of these bags for Christmas. I’m learning a lot from watching you. You are an excellent teacher. 🌸

  21. Oh my word Laura, first time watching you and I see you have a Singer sewing machine in the background if I'm not mistaken. I have the same one and I absolutely love it nothing better than the old cast-iron Singer sewing machines. PS I also subscribed

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