Now that I have shared many of my thoughts on gift giving, I thought that I would also share this super easy gift bag tutorial. There are lots of ways to make a gift bag, but I find this so quick and easy (seriously, the last one took me five minutes). I started making them for quiet bags for the girls, another post for another time perhaps, which is why they are numbered. My sister can wrap presents beautifully and so neatly whereas if I have a straight forward box, I will do okay. But, give me anything odd shaped and the creases and many strips of tapes are going to finish off a messy package. I like bags because I can have whatever size I want, decorate it with a ribbon or strip of cloth and we are good to go. Cloth bags are great because they are resuable, fold up very small, and can also be multi-purposed. AND, if you do a plain colored one, it becomes seasonal by adding a ribbon or decoration!
You will need:
- Fabric enough for the size of bag you want
- something to measure with (I have my fancy quilters squares which are handy but not essential)
- Sewing machine or good ol' needle and thread
- tweezers or threading tool
[caption id="attachment_1879" align="alignleft" width="223" caption="Measure a strip that is double the length that you need and that is the width that you need. Add enough extra to the length that will allow you to turn over the ends and sew them. For these bags, I did a 8" width and a 17" length."]
[caption id="attachment_1887" align="alignleft" width="223" caption="There will be a bit of ribbon showing on the one side.Draw the ribbon all the way through and tie knot if desired to keep it from going back through. You could also slide a ribbon or string through each side and then time them together on both sides."]