Christmas Gift Bags: DIY Tutorial

Christmas Gift Bags: DIY Tutorial

istm  “Christmas Gift Bags: DIY Tutorial” will show you how to make reusable cloth gift bags fast and easy!

I bought about 10 yards of different Christmas fabric on sale one year with every intent to make reusable cloth gift bags.  This year, I finally got around to it and I’m thrilled with the results!  What’s great about this simple pattern is that you can make reusable cloth gift bags for every holiday, including birthdays, and never buy wrapping paper again!

Also, when your friends and family receive a gift from you in a cloth bag, they’ve also received the gift of a free tutorial to follow!  How cool is that?

I intend to pick up some more Christmas fabric on sale here soon, but to also look for sale fabric for other occasions.

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Christmas gift bags

There isn’t really a pattern, we’re just sewing a rectangle and then a straight line.  I’ll show you how I did it.  I’m all about keeping projects simple, doable and refusing to get hung up on perfection.

Perfection is the enemy of completion!


Supplies Needed:

Fabric – You can use any rectangular piece of fabric, but I recommend at least 18″.  I made larger bags as well, with lots of variety!

Ribbon – You can use just about anything that will tie in a bow for this, but I used a 2″ ribbon for this project.

Sewing machine

Hot glue gun

Pinking shears


Making Christmas Gift Bags

Fold your fabric in half and square it up.  Make sure the right sides are facing each other.

pattern template for gift bag


Cut the perimeter with pinking shears to prevent fraying.

Sew around three sides, leaving one side open.

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sewing fabric

At the open top, begin to fold the edge down about 1/2″, and then fold again.  Sew along the edge, continuing to fold the edge as you go along.

Turn the bag right-side out and using a hot glue gun, glue your ribbon on with one or two dots.  Let the glue dry.

This DIY Christmas gift bag is a quick substitute for a drawstring bag, especially for those who don’t sew much.

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fabric and ribbon

And there you have a simple and beautiful cloth gift bag to use and enjoy!

I suggest making lots of sizes and patterns of these reusable cloth Christmas gift bags!  You can make them for other holidays as well, like birthdays or anniversaries!  What a great way to introduce the gift recipient to a zero-waste lifestyle!

More Christmas Gift Bag Ideas

how to make drawstring cloth gift bags

 I love Apple Green Cottage and its free patterns!  Check out their DIY Christmas Gift Bags here!

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Check out this thrifty Christmas gift bag at Denim Wine Gift bag at Threading My Way!

plaid bag

Sew Very Crafty has a tutorial for this cute fabric Christmas gift bag, check this one out!

knitted gift bags

Finally, check out these 8 knitted gift bag ideas with all free patterns from Knitting Pattern!

Finally, the holidays don’t have to be cluttered with toxic and wasteful wrapping paper!  Instead, make one or more of these Christmas gift bags and use them year after year!

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