Drawstring Gift Bag Tutorial by *Destination Craft*

Kathryn from Destination: Craft is our guest blogger today.  She has a fun creative blog were she tries out everything from cooking to sewing.  If you love Veggie Tales (like we do) you should check out her son’s Halloween costume.
What a great tutorial she has for you all today! Take it away Kathryn.

Hi! My name is Kathryn and I am the blogger behind the blog Destination: Craft

Today I’m going to share with all you Seven Alive readers how to make a Drawstring Gift Bag. I love these to use for birthdays, anniversaries, OR Christmas wrapping! (I know, I know, it’s not Christmas yet. But there’s no harm in preparing, right 🙂
These are seriously so easy to make. Let’s get started!
Materials needed:
– fabric (amount dependent on how big your bag is going to be)
– ribbon
– safety pin
– sewing machine, matching thread, iron, etc

1. Cut out your fabric. Now this depends on how big of a bag you want to make. I cut mine out to be 13 x 11. Cut out as big or small as you need. Then IRON!

2. Place the pretty sides together and sew the bottom side together.

3. Iron the raw sides down (refer to picture) and then fold the long sides in 1/2 inch and then another 1/2 inch. Sew down.

4. Now this part is dependent on the width of the ribbon you’d like to use. (For up to 1 inch ribbon, use the directions I have. For anything wider, fold the top down bigger. ) Fold the two top ends in 1/2 inch and then another 1 inch. Sew down. You have to sew close to the edge so that you form a little tunnel. Do this to both sides.

5. Now you have to sew the sides together to form the bag. *WARNING* You cannot sew up the side allll the way. You have to stop sewing before you get to the top tunnels.

6. Ribbon time. You’ll need two pieces of ribbon. They both need to be twice the length of the top of your bag plus 5-6 inches. For example, the top of my bag was 9 inches, so I cut my ribbon to 14 inches long. Attach the end of one of the ribbon strands to the safety pin. Thread through one side of one of the tunnels, using the safety pin as help. When you get to the end turn it around and go through the tunnel on the opposite side.

7. Now do the same with the other ribbon, but starting on the opposite side than the first ribbon.

8. Tie the ends of the ribbon together so that neither end can escape.

9. Pull both sides of ribbons simultaneously and TADA! You have a drawstring gift bag.

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  1. This is a super cute, green idea for the holidays. Nice tutorial.

  2. Etcetorize says:

    Super cute fabric! I hope you’re going to link up at the Make it Great party~

  3. I agree totally. Reusable bags are the way to go, to save paper. Love the fabric you have used.

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