Since my sisters and mom were staying with me for some time to help with the new baby, I wanted to give them a little something to say thanks for the their help and for taking time off to come visit us. I decided to make them a small gift bag with a few small items they would enjoy. The gift bags I made myself and then I filled them with some tea, chocolate, note cards, a pen, a small candle and some awesome smelling antibacterial hand gel. I’m pretty sure they were a hit!
To make the bags, I decided to go with a neutral fabric for the outside and a patterned fabric on the inside, although the bags can be reversible. The materials needed are:
- (2) 6×8” fabric pieces for the outside
- (2) 6×8” fabric pieces for the inside
- (2) 6×2” strips for the casings
- (1) 20” long piece of cord
- sewing supplies
The first part is making the casing where the cord will run through. Fold and pin each short edge 1/4” twice. Press to make marks.
Follow by stitching both sides along the inner folded edge.
Finally, fold in half and press.
The next step is to attach the casing to the inside and outside fabric pieces. Place one casing along the top edge of the interior fabric, on the right side, and pin.
Sew the top with a 1/8” seam allowance. Do this on both pieces of interior fabric.
Line the outside fabric with the inside fabric sandwiching the casing in between. Sew with a 1/4” seam allowance.
Open and press so the casing lies flat on the inside fabric. Stitch along the outside panel with a 1/8” seam allowance.
Sew all along the outside edges with a 1/4” seam allowance. Start at the bottom of the inside panels and go all around the edges, leaving a 4” opening at the bottom of the inside panels.
Turn bag inside out through opening.
Fold the inside fabric in and sew closed. Push the lining into the outside fabric to make bag.
The final step? Thread the cord through the casings to be able to close the bag shut. In addition, I used a lighter to heat the ends of the cord so it wouldn’t unravel.
Fill up with a few goodies and done! I must admit, I love giving gifts that are a bunch of small little things. They’re fun to shop for!