Make Your Own Gift Bags

Happy Wednesday, my friends!
How are you on this fine July day?
I sincerely hope you are well.

Today I have a fun little project to share with you-
handmade gift bags.
These easy peasy bags are not only a delight to make,
they are also quite easy and they make giving gifts even more wonderful.

Supplies needed:

cotton fabric or burlap
fusible fleece
lace for handles
lace for embellishing
shappy roses or fabric flowers
satin seam binding

Cut the fabric to the desired size of your gift bag.
For this burlap one I cut a piece that was 
about 20-inches long and 10-inches wide.

Cut a piece of fusible fleece that is the same size
and iron it onto the backside of the fabric.

Also, cut a piece of lining fabric that is the same size as the bag.
I used cream cotton fabric for my lining.

Pin on some delicate lace to the top edge of the bag
and sew into place.

Fold the fabric/burlap in half with rights sides together
and sew up both sides.

You will also do this with the lining fabric,
but leave an opening on one side 
so that you can pull your bag right side out.

Once you've sewn up the sides you will need to push the corners out.
Measure 1 1/2-inches in and draw a line.

Pin to hold in place.

Sew {don't forget to backstitch} along the line.

Cut the corners off,
but don't cut above the seam!

Do these steps for boxed corners with the lining fabric as well.

Now cut two handles from some pretty lace
and pin into place.

Turn the lining rightside out
and slip it into the bag;
pin into place.

Sew along the top edge to secure the handles and lining,

Remember that little opening you left in the lining?
Now is the time to use it by pulling the bag through.

Iron the bag and press the top so that the lining is not popping out.
Sew along the top edge.

And you're done!
If you so desire you can add a few extra embellishments.

I added pearls and satin seam binding to the center. . .

along with a stunning gem.

And I used a clothespin to hold a dainty gift tag

I also added some sweet shabby roses that you all know I love :)

Place your gift inside,
add some tissue paper,
and you're ready to give a beautifully wrapped gift to a special someone.

You can make these bags in all shapes and sizes.

And the best part about giving these gift bags
is that the recipient can use them for something else
rather than letting the usual gift bag collect dust in the closet or under the bed.
I don't know about you,
but I always save gift bags and then forget to use them.

Now if you're not the sewing type than no worries. . .
I have some gift bags available in my Etsy shop
including the burlap one I showed you today :)

And speaking of my Etsy shop,
I just listed some new items last night:

Reversible Aprons

Quilted Tote Bags

Mug Rugs

Tea Cup Coasters and Tea Bag Wallets

And much more!
sweet friends.

Have a delightful day!
Love and hugs to you!


Lisa said...

Stephanie these gift bags are so gorgeous I'm not sure the actual gift could top it! These are so fun and could easily be reused. What a wonderful idea!

20 North Ora said...

Stephanie - What a sweet idea and a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing with us.

Have a blessed week!


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Those are the prettiest gift bags ever, my sweet friend! You are the Queen of Embellishing, and your special touches are just....well, enchanting!! ❤️

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Stephanie, Oh I just love this special project. These gifts bags are adorable and your tutorial so excellent!! Like receiving an extra gift to enjoy along with what's placed inside.
Thank you for sharing. Looks like you have some wonderful new shop treasures. I'm coming over for a visit next. Have a great day filled with blessings.
Happy Creating my friend. xo

Betty said...

Wow! I love everything.The bags are so cute and I love the title bags.

Lowcarb team member said...

These are lovely, what a good idea ...

All the best Jan

Sandy said...

I don't know how one pretty lady can be so very talented, feminine and romantic and such a sweet and charming friend. All in one package.
Wow - I love your makes.
Sandy xx

My thrift store addiction said...

Stephanie, these gift bags are just lovely. Anyone would be thrilled to receive one--another gift in itself ;) All of your new items are just darling as well. You are so talented my Friend! Love your butterfly pins, too!

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

You have been busy my friend. What wonderful sewing skills you have. Such sweet little gift bags. I imagine a jar or can of dried flowers would look sweet set in one of those. Have a blessed day. ~Heather

Maya Kuzman said...

Astonishingly beautiful gift bags Stephanie! You add so many lovely details and each is unique!

Visits With Mary said...

Loves the bags Stephanie, so sweet. They are a great gift to hold a gift!

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Oh, my! How pretty are those bags?! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Anne Payne said...

JAW-DROPPING GORGEOUS!!! I mean really, Stephanie, you have outdone yourself with all these lovely items! I made a post and shared on my two FB pages. Love you!!!

Lorrie said...

These are lovely gift bags, Stephanie. You've been busy at your sewing machine!

hobbyloes said...

Your lovely gift bags are so special and I love love love your very beautiful embellishments.

Christine said...

Oh Stephanie you are so lovely! This is a gift in itself! so pretty and i think I could make some too!
Your tutorial is really easy to follow!
A big thank you for this!

quakerhillfarm said...

These are so very pretty! Any recipient would be thrilled I am sure!

Cheryl said...

How pretty, Stephanie! I love the idea, and it is such a pleasure to give gifts to cherished friends. Have a wonderful day!

Kim said...

Your Etsy shop is brimming with gorgeousness, Stephanie. I too have a few gift bags languishing in dark hidey holes. =) Your gift bags are so pretty. I love the addition of the lace over the burlap and the roses and the sparkly 'gem' are a sweet addition. The fabric gift bags are beautiful, too. I love your double sided apron. Again, lovely lady you have created oodles of gorgeousness.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

These bags are elegant and would make the receiver feel so special. Although I don't sew, I noticed the cute butterfly pins right off, they're adorable and much nicer than the ones with a little ball on top.

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Sweet Friend, you have so many lovely ideas in this post. Thank you for the inspiration! xx Jo

Linda said...

I wish we lived closer---I would love to be taught how to make all those lovely items, Stephanie...you are so talented sweet friend. smiles (and afraid to say, you would have to kick me out of your crafting room)

Gail @Purple Hues and Me said...

These are absolutely adorable, Stephanie! So delicate and dainty and are almost too nice to be a bag! Thanks for sharing this lovely tutorial!

Debbie Harris said...

Sweet and beautiful, right down to your cute little butterfly stick pins. Ooooh... all that lace and those gems make me all happy inside and out. :) I think those gift bags are a lovely way to share a gift with someone.
You have certainly been a busy little Bee at your sewing machine and everything looks wonderful, Stephanie.
I will be by to see all the lovely items soon.
I always enjoy your tutorials even though I do not sew, you do a fabulous job.
Love you~~

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

These are darling, dear Stephanie! What a delightful way to give a sweet gift! Thank you for sharing! Hugs xo Karen

Bonnie said...

Your bags are lovely, Stephanie. Each one has a personality of its own. You are so creative and get so much done too.

Margie said...

Too cute! I confess that I'm also a gift bag holder!

Margie said...

Whoops! I meant gift bag hoarder! Hee!

Marilyn Mathis said...

You make such lovely things. Thanks for showing us how to make the bag. Hugs.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

Geez! If that's the gift bag --- who needs a GIFT?! So beautiful and your instructions are great. Thanks for sharing with us!

Kelly-Anne ♥ The Diary of a Country Girl said...

Oh these are so pretty, dear friend! I love these handmade gift bags...they're a lovely gift on their own too! Ah and the embellishments you've added are beautiful!
Always inspiring to stop by The Enchanting Rose...
Hugs to you!

Mrs. W. said...

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for this lesson on how to make gift bags. I have wanted to make some bags; now that I can follow these wonderful instructions, maybe I will actually tackle doing it. :) Your bags are very lovely!

I also love that reversible apron; what a great idea! An apron is another think I keep wanting to make.

You certainly have been busy! I hope that you are getting time to enjoy the summer with your little one.

Love and hugs,

Anna said...

Lovely bags !!! They are so sweet !!! They are the gift !!!!
Have a bright day !

Home Meadows said...

What a neat idea for gift bags. Would make a nice luncheon tote for an office worker also. Thank you for sharing your idea. Heather

JES said...

What a delightful tutorial! Thank you for the inspiration! :)

Tamago said...

Wow, what beautiful gift bags! They are so pretty and really special. They can make a gift by themselves :-) The gift tag is so pretty, too!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Stephanie!

Another proof that you are a gifted woman who makes home and hearth a very special place, AND the world around you. I will always cherish my tea coasters, so well made with love.

Debbie said...

these bags are beautiful!! lovely for a special handmade gift and what a great idea!! i must say i loved the little clothespin holding the gift tag and you may have the cutest straight pins i have even seen!!

it's all in the details stephanie, this was a great tutorial!!!

Vee said...

Your creations always make me smile! I doubt that I would have the patience for such work, but I certainly do enjoy seeing what you do.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

I'm so in love with your tote bags!
Great little gift bags that you have shared, thank you.
Have a lovely weekend :)

Cranberry Morning said...

What wonderful new items you have in your Etsy shop, Stephanie! Those quilted totes are just beautiful, but I guess all of your items are, including the gift bags.

Deborah Montgomery said...

SEW cute!! I noticed your pins right away. They must make you smile while you're sewing. These would certainly make lovely gifts in themselves. I'm going over to your shop now to have a peek ;) xo Deborah

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hello Stephanie! I just happened to go to my blog and there you were! Thank you so much for visiting. Visits have slowed down so much, but indeed it's summer, and like myself, many people are otherwise occupied! BIG HUGS to you and thank you for your kind words! In about 3 weeks, I will be going back to school myself and the pace will pick up to unbelievable proportions. I don't even want to think about it!

Have a great day!

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hi there Stephanie~
Your gift bags, and all your work, are beautiful!
Thanks for taking time to share the details that matter so much
when we do try to recreate! : )
[I've been away and quite sick for weeks; so am hoping to peek back
when I can and see what you've been up too:]
Blessings, Karen O

Christine said...

The gift bag is more like a gift, in itself!
It looks like you had a lot of fun decorating them.

Mrs. Laura Lane said...

Very nice my friend!

Jill said...

Absolutely darling! They are a gift in themselves, love them! You are so very talented! Have a wonderful weekend!


Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

These bags are true works of art!! So pretty!! Thanks so much for shaqring them with us!!
Thanks too for dropping by!!
Have a great weekend!

mamasmercantile said...

They are amazing bags, a real gift on their own. Inspirational, I am thinking of all the holiday fabrics that I have. A great make.

Elizabeth said...

Hi Stephanie, I have been off blogger awhile. Trying to catch up some, but still having problems with it. I love your bags! You are so talented!

Jazzmin said...

Dear friend,
How absolutely lovely these are as well as brilliant! They are so artfully put together with the sweetest details. What a wonderful idea to make your own gift bags. This inspires me so to hopefully have time to do this for gifts in December. What a wonderful idea to get to do this with any fabric you choose with winter themes or beautiful winter and holiday scenes. There are so many beautiful possibilities. Yours are so perfectly beautiful with the fabrics you chose and the embellishments- the gem/brooch you added and the pearls and seam binding you added make these even prettier and the perfect gift. What a blessing to someone else to make these and they know you spent that time making even the gift bag- how special that would make them feel :)

Thank you for sharing this and blessing me with visiting you and also with your "In Christ Alone" post just before it. What a sweet blessing you are, dear friend, and how my heart smiles each time I visit you and each time I am privileged to read your loving, encouraging words in comments you leave me♥ Thank you so much, dear Stephanie.

Thinking of you often and hoping you are having a blessed week!
Love and many hugs,

Sylvia said...

Ooooh, those are so pretty Stephanie, you did good. I don't sew anymore, I did in my younger years.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Those bags are so cute. You're very talented.

Conniecrafter said...

These are so cute, great idea for a fun way to give a present that someone can reuse the bag,.... or keep it for themselves :) Your quilted tote bags are so tempting but I must resist. Beautiful work you do!!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

Steph, you are so majorally talented - just look at these wonderful items you have created! Good going!

Keep up the good work, my sweet friend.

God bless. Have a happy weekend.

Hugs. ♥

Sara - Villa Emilia (My Woodland Garden) said...

Hello dear Stephanie, I too think these gift bags would be a wonderful gift already by themselves. :)
The reversible apron looks gorgeous. Thank you, again, for a really inspiring post.
Have a blessed weekend!

KimM said...

What gorgeous, creative pieces! Love, love the bags....and mug rugs and tea cup coasters. Right up my alley.

Anonymous said...

Hi Stephanie, You are so creative. It would be extra special to give/receive a gift in one of these delightful bags. I love your new additions to your shop, also. You share such lovely photos of your crafts, also. Hope your day is wonderful!

Robyn said...

You are SO talented, Stephanie! I absolutely love these gift bags and anyone on the receiving end would be so delighted! What a great idea and once again, your attention to detail makes them uniquely yours. LOVE them!

Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday, dear friend. Much love to you!

Little Wandering Wren said...

How fabulous and amazing Stephanie and judging by the enthusiastic comments above, these have been much appreciated and admired by all who have been before me. You are so clever! You have some lucky friends and family who will receive gifts in handmade gift bags.
Wren x

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, thank you for that wonderful tutorial. This is something I'd love to make for my next gift-giving opportunities!

Red Rose Alley said...

I delight in seeing all your homemade goodies, Stephanie. Those tea cup coasters are way too cute. And the silver vintage pin of the gift bag is so pretty. :)

love, ~Sheri

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