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Starry Gift Bags

Whether it’s Christmas or a birthday, I always find myself buying pretty gift bags for gift giving. Since most gift bags cannot be recycled, I thought it was time to make my own. These are a super quick make and can be reused after being gifted. They even make great replacements for plastic carrier bags for a trip to the shops.

The fabric I used is a 100% cotton calico and is perfect for making bags that are sturdy, keep their shape and can stand up on their own. To give these even more sturdiness, I fused vlieseline H250 to the fabric before cutting my bags out.

Each bag is lined with the calico, so they look just as good inside as they do on the outside. You could even use 2 different fabrics and they would be reversible!

Each bag has 2 handles, made from strips of the fabric 3” wide by 26” long. To make the handles, fold each long edge into the middle and press. Fold in half lengthwise and press again. Then sew 1/8” along each edge. Cut in half so each handle measures 13” long by 0.75” wide. 

For each bag, I cut 4 identical rectangles; 2 for the outer and 2 for the lining. These can be whatever size you want to fit your gifts. From each rectangle, I cut 1.5” squares from the bottom corners. These will give the bag it’s box bottom. 

With the 2 outer panels right sides together, I sewed the side seams and bottom edges, leaving the bottom corners open. To sew the box bottom, you have to pinch the corners together and sew across. 

Your bag should now have a flat bottom and be able to stand up by itself. Repeat for the lining. 

The handles can now be attached, one to each side of your bag. I like to place mine about a ¼ of the way in. Baste each handle in place. 

Place the outer bag and lining right sides together. Sew together around the top edge, leaving a gap for turning. Turn right side out and press. Sew 1/8” from the top edge, closing the open gap as you go. 

These bags are so quick to make and add a lovely handmade touch to your gift giving.

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