Gorgeous Gift Bags from Fabric Scraps
Don’t you love to give and receive beautifully wrapped packages for the Holidays? It doesn’t have to cost much or take a lot of time to create these reusable fabric gift bags. A little paint, sparkle, ribbon and Dollar Store accessories, can jazz up a scrap of fabric and turn odds and ends into Gorgeous Gift Bags. That can be used over and over. Win Win!
Since I am the owner and creator of the Make Lemonade Shop I have a few huge totes full of fabric. Much of it is leftover scrap that I cannot use for the pillowcases. I hate to throw it away so I’ve been storing it. It’s taking up space in my creative area, cluttering up my mind. But I can’t throw it away!
These reusable gift bags don’t take much fabric and they look so festive. This is the perfect project to use up my scraps. I realize that many of you don’t have boxes of scraps just hanging out at your house. Check out the remnant bins at your favorite fabric store, you can purchase remnants at great reductions, or grab a drop cloth-the canvas would be perfect for this project.
Get creative with your fabric scraps
I’ve used different sizes and shapes for my bags, get creative, wine sized bags are great, but don’t limit yourself. Have fun. The gift above is for my daughter for Christmas. SHHHH! Don’t tell her! Georgia is 16 and she loves makeup. In fact, she has worked hard to learn how makeup works, what looks best on her and how to apply it. She loves makeup brushes, lipstick, eye-shadow etc. She hasn’t met a product that she won’t try and to her there is no such thing as owning “too much makeup”. LOL You should see the counter in her bathroom.
This bag is canvas, 9 inches wide by 6 inches high. I love the way it looks stuffed with new tools for her trade and she can use the bag over and over. To carry her makeup in her backpack or overnight bag.
Simple Instructions to Create Your Own Gorgeous Gift Bags
Follow the steps in the image above. Once you’ve created the bag you can tie a ribbon around the outside, or thread it through the open ends of the top casing.
I used a sewing machine to make my gift bags, but you can sew them by hand if you choose. It wouldn’t take long to stitch these few seams with a needle and thread.
For this bag I chose to pull the ribbon through the casing, using a 1″ gossamer black ribbon, threading it through the open ends. To create an opening for the ribbon I snipped a small cut in the center front of the bag on the right side of the fabric (where the “X” is marked on the diagram). Through this slit pull the ribbon ends to the outside of the bag, leaving approximately 8 inches in length on each side to form a nice bow.
It doesn’t take long to make a cute little bag that can be used over and over.
Gorgeous Gift Bags from Burlap
I love these cute little fir trees, they don’t cost much, look festive-it came with the decorations-and make great gifts. I am a huge lover of burlap, especially for around the bottom of fresh herbs or tiny firs.
This is a gift for some of our friends, they can plant the tree in a larger pot inside or outside in their landscaping. It’s truly a gift that could last for decades.
I used the same tutorial to make this bag as the makeup bag, but I cut the fabric only slightly larger than the pot to accommodate for the 1/2 inch seams. The ribbon was a Dollar Store find, 9 feet for a dollar! Score!
Gorgeous Gift Bags for Wine or Champagne
When visiting friends over the holidays we like to bring along a libation, this bag holds a bottle of Champagne. Who doesn’t like a few bubbles to celebrate the new year? Fill it with the bottle of your choice, sparkling juice or champagne. Add a few Dollar Store Champagne Flutes, or wine glasses, if you like.
Accessories from the Dollar Store:
-Red Clip on Floral accent, these came 3 for a dollar and they are so cool. Love them.
-Gold Ribbon-9 Feet for $1
-Gold berries with greenery. This came from the floral section as a cluster of 5 branches on a main stem. I cut off the individual branches and twisted one around each Champagne flute. Fun and festive.
The gift bag below holds a bottle of wine, you can wrap the wine bottle in tissue paper, before tucking it into the bag, so that the top of the bottle cannot be seen or just tie the top secure with a ribbon. Both ways look fun and festive.
Wine Bag Tutorial
I used this tutorial to make the wine bags, How to Make a Wine Bag in 10 Minutes from Riley Blake Designs. For the bottom of the bag to look, and set nicely, you need to fold the corners into the bag and stitch. This tutorial covers that with step by step pictures. My favorite kind of tutorial! LOL
When making my bags I only used one layer of fabric, turning the top edge and stitching. But you can use 2 layers, as shown in this tutorial, and mix and match your fabrics. How fun.
Fabric Scraps Turned into Gorgeous Gift Bags
I chose to use burlap and canvas fabric scraps to make my gift bags, but I didn’t want just plain white bags. I decided to use the damask and pineapple stencils from the Stylishly Cozy Pillowcase Collection at The Make Lemonade Shop. The Makeup bag used a custom swirl stencil pattern.
Small stencils are available at your local craft store, you can personalize your gift bags with paint, paint pens, glitter or choose a patterned fabric. You could also use Holiday hand towels or place-mats from the Dollar Store. The possibilities are endless.
These would be adorable with your child’s hand-prints or your fur babies paw prints. The possibilities are endless.
Gorgeous Gift Bag Ideas for anyone on your list.
I love to come up with unique ideas to fill the gift bags, it doesn’t need to be filled with a bottle of wine, you can fill it with some fun options. Many of my blogging friends have DIY items that you can put together, or items that they themselves have crafted. Check them out below.
Fill small bags with age appropriate candy, toys, hair accessories, small games, trading cards, a cute little plush Pokemon, dominoes. After Christmas they can use the bag to protect favorite toys or treasures. Their own little private stash.
Tweens or Teens:
Gift Cards for iTunes or Spotify, earrings, necklaces, lip gloss, ear buds, gum, hand sanitizer, tech fingered gloves, hand warmers.
Homemade preserves or pickled veggies, herb infused olive oil or vinegar, hot chocolate mix or fancy coffee, emergency chocolates.
Gift Bags from Fabric Scraps
These gorgeous gift bags are quick and easy to create, tailor them to the recipient, have fun with them. It always feels good to give a great looking gift, especially one that can be used over and over again.