How to Sew Homemade Christmas Gift Bags

Written by karen ellis
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It's fun to receive a delightfully wrapped Christmas gift. However, shortly after opening the present, the expensive paper, ribbon and bow are discarded in the trash. A homemade gift bag is just as festive, and it can be reused after the present is opened. The handmade gift bag will keep the gift from becoming dusty or damaged while in storage. Separately, the gift bag can be used as a tote bag for craft projects or a kid's overnight bag. This project is written for a gift bag that is 12 inches wide and 18 inches long, but the measurements can be adjusted to fit any size gift.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • 1/2 yard Christmas fabric
  • Thread
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard decorative cording
  • Safety pin
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Create a pattern out of newspaper. Use a ruler and pencil to draw a rectangle that is 13 inches wide and 20 inches long. Cut around the pencil markings.

  2. 2

    Fold the Christmas fabric in half, right sides facing inward. Use straight pins to attach the pattern to the two layers of fabric.

  3. 3

    Cut around the pattern. Remove the straight pins and pattern.

  4. 4

    Pin the two pieces of fabric together on three sides, leaving one of the shorter ends open. Make sure the fabric is still facing right side in.

  5. 5

    Sew a 1/2-inch seam all the way around the three sides. Remove the pins.

  6. 6

    Fold the top, open end of the bag over 1/2 inch. Press the fold with the iron. Fold over another inch. Pin in the fold in place and press it with the iron.

  7. 7

    Sew close to the inside edge, all the way around, leaving 2 inches open. This will create a tube. For added strength, be sure to backstitch (run the stitches back and forth) at the beginning and ending of the stitching. Remove the pins.

  8. 8

    Attach the safety pin to one end of the cording. Work the safety pin through one end of the opening of the tube and out the opposite side. Pull the cording to make it even on both sides. Remove the safety pin. Tie a knot at each end of the cording to keep it from ravelling.

  9. 9

    After the gift is placed inside of the bag, pull the cord on both sides to make the fabric gather and close at the top. Tie a bow with the cording.

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