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Sewing Reusable Gift Bags: A Personal Touch to Gifting

Updated: Apr 8

Giving gifts is a joy, but it can also be wasteful. Paper gift bags and wrapping paper end up in the landfill after just one use. That's why I love making reusable gift bags out of fabric. They're eco-friendly, and they can be used over and over again.

Reusable Colourful Giftbags completed project example

This project is easy to do, even for beginners. Here's a step-by-step guide, which I followed from MADE Everyday:

Ironing graphic fabric
1. Iron your fabric. This will make it easier to work with and help the finished product look its best.

Fabric ready to be cut with clear ruler and fabric roller
2. Cut two equal-sized pieces of fabric. You can use any size rectangle or type of fabric you like. I like to use remnants from other projects to create a unique collection of bags.

Sewing project on sewing machine
3. Overlock the edges of the fabric. This will prevent fraying and make the bags more durable.

Ruler and marker being used to mark points on fabric
4. Mark out the drawstring casing points. We will be leaving an opening on both sides to thread the cord through.

Pins in place on fabric
5. Pin the casing in place and sew it down, leaving the opening unsewn. This will be the entry and exit point for the drawstring.

Sewing on machine bottom of the bag
6. Box out the bottom of the bag. This will give it more depth and allow it to hold more goodies.

Sewing casing on machine
7. Sew down the casing

Tool used to thread cord through completed bag
8. Thread the cord through and tie a knot in the cord to avoid fraying.

Once you're done, you'll have a beautiful and reusable gift bag that you can use over and over again.

The three fabrics used in this project are:

Be sure to check out the range of Loopla fabrics at Spoonflower.

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