How to Make Fabric Gift Bags:Holiday Gift Idea for Wine, Cider, Oils...
Fabric Gift Bags
The holidays are right around the corner, the party list is growing, and you know that it is impolite to attend a party empty handed, so what are you to do?
Well, make some fabric bags that can accommodate any bottled gift: a bottle of veno for the wine connoisseur, some cider for the happy at heart, or even a bottle of gourmet cooking oil for the chefs.
Every host/hostess is unique in their own way, so find some fabric to match their personality, make a bag, and fill it with a bottle that they are certain to enjoy!
- Fabric – at least 14” X 38” to make one bag (larger bag would use a 20” X 38” piece)
- Approximately 14” of 1” wide ribbon
- Sewing machine
- Marker or fabric chalk
Material Doesn't Have to be Expensive
Making these fabric gift bags does not have to be expensive. Fabric can be pricey, so I suggest that you use what you have, or just use your imagination. The fabric I used in this demonstration was a table runner I purchased for $1 at a dollar store. I was able to create 5 bags out of that one piece of material. That certainly is cheaper than buying 5 wine bags - retail!
Idea: Go eco-friendly and reuse clothing that still has a lot left to it. Perhaps you have a shirt or a dress that doesn't fit anymore, yet the colors are fantastic - why not see if there is enough fabric in the back panel to make a gift bag. I actually made one out of one of my husbands plaid shirts that he wore maybe twice (if that) - it turned out great!
Step by Step
Gather materials and create a template that is 6” X 18” on a piece of heavy paper or cardboard (I used a grocery bag)
- Fold fabric – wrong sides facing – with fold intact – pin pattern to fabric and cut so that you have a 6" X 18" piece of folded fabric.
- With the fabric folded and the right sides together, measure (from the folded bottom edge) 10” and 11”, marking with a dot at each measurement on each side. (Note: the necks on bottles vary in length– so be sure to measure because you might have to adjust this to be 11” and 12” if the neck is shorter)
- Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch sides; however, leave the section between the dots un-stitched – make sure to back stitch where you start and stop so the seam is reinforced.
- Press the seams open – you can apply a seam finish to the seams raw edges if you desire to prevent fraying
- Create a box type bottom: on the bottom of the bag, fold the fabric to match the seam line with the bottom fold line, creating a triangle. (I place the bag on top of the bottle and use a ruler (see picture)). Measure 1 1/2" from the point at the seam allowance and draw a line and pin – the ends of the bag should now look like triangles. (Note: Adjust the math if you have a wider bottom – 1 ½” makes a 3” wide bottom)
- Stitch across the line you drew – repeat on other side. - You can also finish the raw edge for a cleaner look using a zigzag stitch
- On the top of bag - turn fabric under 1/4", bringing the wrong sides of the fabric together – iron well.
- Fold the top of the bag (wrong sides together) so that the turned under top edge (the step you just did above) is just below the bottom of the opening (where your dots and slits are) in the side seam. Repeat for the other side.
- Press the top folded edge keeping the fold even across the top of the bag. (I put two pins in to keep it even)
- Stitch - on the top and bottom of the side seam opening to create a casing for the ribbon
- Thread ribbon through casing on each side using a safety pin (remember: to have a drawstring pull you have to thread your ribbon through the casing and come out on the same side that you started. You will repeat on the other side by going in and making sure to end on the same side that you started.
How To: Fabric Gift Bag
Now that you have the instructions, use your imagination and create bags for all occasions:
- 4th of July
- Girls get together
- Holiday Parties
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