While wrapping gifts the other day, I realized I had no boxes and no bags for clothing items. Everything was too big or too small. We do reuse the gifts bags, year after year, but eventually they do start falling apart. Several years ago I made some gift bags out of Christmas fabric I had gotten ON SALE! They haven’t fallen apart yet!
So I thought I’d do a little tutorial for these very simple bags. If you want something fast and super easy, this is the tutorial for you. Nothing fancy here, just basic sewing!
The first thing to do is choose two coordinating fabrics. I usually choose something less busy for the inside of the bag, so when/if it shows, it goes with the outer fabric. Of course, this time both are kinda busy, but I like them! Decide how large your bag should be. Rectangular bags are usually easier to use for most gifts.
I cut them to the same size, usually with a fold on one side of the “bag.” This way I only have one seam to deal with. Since I used two directional fabrics for this bag, it made cutting the pieces something I had to pay attention to more. Normally non-directionals are just easier to deal with. These pieces were approximately 24″ wide by 27″ long.
The pink fabric is my outer fabric. I sewed a 1/4″ seam down the long side, and across the bottom. All the way across the bottom. (Remember the pink fabric is directional.)
For the inner fabric, I sewed the seams just a tad bigger, 3/8″ or so. Since this will be the inside of the bag, it’s good if it is a little smaller. Backstitch a bit about 4-5″ from the end/fold. This way it won’t get trashed when you turn the bag.
Turn the outer bag (the pink, in this case) right side out. Put the outer bag inside the inner bag. It’s good to line up the seams at this point, and fiddle with the corners a bit just so things are in place. Once it’s in there and evened up, sew the top of the bag together.
YES, IT’S REVERSABLE!
Okay, we’re near the end, people!
Now the lining/inside fabric needs to be pushed into the bag. I’ve found the easiest way is to hold the bag on the left (where my hand isn’t right now, so I could take the picture) and kind of creepy crawl my right hand into the bag, pushing the corners into place at the bottom.
A couple faves: