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Christmas is a time of giving and if you still haven’t wrapped your gifts, I have an awesome idea for you. American Patchwork & Quilting has an easy DIY fabric gift bag tutorial that’s perfect for small presents. These bags are totally adorable, and if you need to wrap bigger items, just double the size of the fabrics. Making them is super easy and you can use up all your leftover fabrics and scraps for this project.
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With just two coordinating fat quarters and some ribbon, you can already make four bags. The steps are very simple – even if you don’t have any sewing experience, you can easily follow the steps. You can also use them as treat bags and fill them with chocolates for the little kids or your loved ones or as a bag for souvenirs. They are not just for Christmas or the Holidays; you can use them for weddings, birthdays, Easter, Halloween, and more. Just change the color of the fabrics to match the occasion.
Sew together the 6.5″ x 2.5″ (fabric A) and your 6.5″ x 3.5″ (fabric B) strips along one of the 6.5″ sides with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam on one side.
Cut your 12″ ribbon into two six inch pieces. Pin them in place, two inch in on the top edge. Make sure the ribbon is flat and doesn’t have a twist in it.
Place the 6.5″ x 6.5″ square (fabric A) over and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Flip the lining then finger press.
Repeat steps 1 to 3 to make a second piece for the other side of the bag.
Place the two sides on top of each other, right sides together. Pin them, then sew all the way around leaving a 3-inch opening in the lining piece. The opening should be on the inside of the bottom of the bag.
Box the corners. Align the two seams and finger press the seams open. Line up the center seam with your one-inch line on the ruler and the 45 degree line with the folding edge. Make a line about 2 inches across, then sew right over it. Trim the bulk in the corner. Repeat on all corners.
Turn the bag right side out through the opening.
Sew the opening, then tuck it inside the bag, making sure the handles are on the top edge.