Make gift bags with Freckles and CO
Craft Everything Seasonal Sewing

Quick Gift Bags

Whip up gift bags in a jiffy with these instructions. All you need is some fabric and ribbon. There is really no need for a pattern as the template is a long rectangle with extra at the top for drawstring.

Woven fabrics like cotton work best for projects like this.

To help you decide what size to cut see my recommendations below:

  • Small – 5×14″ (13x35cm)
  • Medium – 8×20″ (20x50cm)
  • Large – 14×40″ (35x100cm)
  • Present sack – 20×53″ (50x135cm)
  • Bottle Bag – 8×30″ (20x76cm)

Sizes include 3/4″ (1cm) seam allowance.

(Note: If you wish to make your own custom size just add at least 3″ to the top for a drawstring channel)

Lets get started!

CUT

Make quick gift bags by freckles and Co

FOLD

Fold up in half and pin sides leaving a 4cm (2″) gap at one side, 2cm (3/4″) down from top edge.

Make quick gift bags by freckles and Co

SEW

Sew both sides using 1cm seam allowance, leave gap between pins unsewn, but do reverse/secure at start and finish.

Make quick gift bags by freckles and Co
Make quick gift bags by freckles and Co

Press side seams open

Make quick gift bags by freckles and Co

HEM

Fold top edge down 1/4″ and press with an iron.

Make quick gift bags by freckles and Co

Fold again 1.5″ until the gap at top edge neatly meets up to show channel opening for drawstring tie. Sew hem, this seam will show on the outside so be neat and consider starting at the side seam to hide the start/end stitch.

Fold again 1.5" until the gap at top edge neatly meets up to show channel opening for drawstring tie. Sew hem, this seam will show on the outside so be neat and consider starting at the side seam to hide the start/end stitch.

Consider taking the sewing arm off your machine for this to make it easy to sew.

Fold again 1.5" until the gap at top edge neatly meets up to show channel opening for drawstring tie. Sew hem, this seam will show on the outside so be neat and consider starting at the side seam to hide the start/end stitch.

STRING

Use a safety pin to help you thread ribbon through the top channel of your gift bag

make quick gift bags by freckles and co
Consider taking the sewing arm off your machine for this to make it easy to sew.

FILL

Fill with goodies…

GIFT

Now who are you going to give to? If you find this project easy could you whip up a few extra bags to fill for your local food bank or shelter this Christmas?

I hope that you liked this project if you please share with crafty friends and follow me on Instagram @freckelsandcocraft

Merry Christmas Makers!

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