How to Make Reusable Fabric Gift Bags

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How to Sew Fabric Gift Bags | | #sewing #giftbags #fabric #Christmas #holiday

Yes … you are in the right place! But where’s the crochet? What’s this? Is Kara branching out? No, not really … but I did want to share a special family tradition with you all that I think you might enjoy …

For as long as I can remember, my mom has wrapped our gifts in fabric bags.  I have such fond memories of seeing all the pretty fabric bags under the tree Christmas morning. When I had my first child I thought it would be nice to carry on the special tradition, so I made a bunch of fabric bags …  then a couple years later I made a bunch more … then a bunch more … you get the idea.

Besides being sentimental, I love this idea because there is no waste. You can use them over and over again.

If you would like to give it a go, I have included my how to below. Here is my disclaimer though … I am not a seamstress at all! I basically just know how to turn my sewing machine on and sew a straight line … luckily that is all you need for this!

How to Make Reusable Fabric Gift Bags

How to Make Fabric Gift Bags | | #sewing #giftbags #fabric #Christmas #holiday

Here’s what you will need:

  • about a yard of fabric for two 17-in. × 17-in. bags
  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • sewing machine


There are no exact measurements that the bags need to be … you can make them as big as you would like or as small as you would like. I like to make larger sizes for those big and awkward sized toys and smaller ones for DVDs and little gifts. The instruction below will show you the basic idea for any size but for simplicity’s sake I will use a 17-in. × 17-in. bag as my example because then you can get two nice size gift bags out of a yard of fabric.

Cut your yard into two 36 × 18 in. pieces. Set one aside for later.

How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

With the wrong side of the fabric facing you, turn down each end about ¼ in. and sew across.

How to Make Gift Bags

Then fold your fabric in half with right sides facing together and sew up each side. Keep the shorter edge open.

How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Now turn it inside right, fill it with your gift, and use a length of pretty ribbon or twine to close it up!

How to Make Fabric Gift Bags

Here are some of the fun ones I made a few years ago …

Fabric Gift Bags

And here are two my mom made for my son’s birthday this year …

Fabric Gift Bags


Reusable Gift Tags

And if you want to keep going with this no waste, reusable theme, why not make tags from old holiday cards. I just add the kids names to the back and use them year after year.

Gift tags from old cards




2 Responses to How to Make Reusable Fabric Gift Bags

  1. kathleen December 11, 2013 at 4:34 am #

    great idea. i think i will borrow the idea.
    kathleen in nelson bay australia

  2. Nance in Reno January 3, 2014 at 1:32 am #

    What a coincidence; I just made a dozen cloth gift bags yesterday afternoon and tonight. I liked having the ironing board and rotary cutter out . . . made it a lot faster and neater.

    After Christmas I went to two fabric stores, and remnants were 1/2 price at one store and 75% off at another. I did French seams and tacked a piece of coordinating grosgrain ribbon about 2 to 3″ from the top of the bag to use as a tie. I had thought about doing mitered corners but decided just to poke the corners back inside.

    I noticed that the fabric store has holiday fabrics for 70% off, so I’m off to the store tomorrow at lunch to get some more fabric! It’s cheaper than the remnant price and I can choose the length of the yardage! I will continue to look at the remnant bin throughout the year for birthday, floral, and children’s fabrics.

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