Planning on making handmade gifts this season? Why not upgrading it with handmade fabric gift bags?  Sure you can buy giftbags in the store, but these are so much nicer. And that way you can say your gifts were 100% handmade 😉

What you’ll need:

  • two pieces of fabric (you can also use some old clothes for recycling)
  • nice button
  • elastic cord

Cut 1x main fabric and 1x the lining. If your presents are bigger, adjust the measurements accordingly.

Sew the elastic loop onto the main fabric, with the loop facing the fabric. I made this with very wide zigzag stitch on my machine.

Sew the side seams together and press.

Sew bottom seams.

Repeat with lining. Leave an opening for turning.

Put the two bags (main fabric + lining) right sides together and sew the top seam all the way around.

When you come to the elastic I suggest you go back and forth a few times to make sure the elastic stays in.

Turn the bag right side out. Press the side folds and make a few stitches to make sure the sides stay folded. You can play with your machine’s decorative stitches like I did. 🙂

Sew on a button and close the opening on the lining using a ladder stitch. You can now close your bag!