Image Credit: Erica Arndt via YouTube
One of the things I love about Christmas is opening gifts, whether it’s big or small, it doesn’t matter as long as the intention was genuine. But, I don’t just like receiving gifts, I also love giving them to family and friends. This year I wanted to give out presents but I want to do something different because instead of wrapping them inside boxes and paper, I thought why not put them inside of a gift bag instead? This way, there’ll be less garbage and they can re-use the bags too. So here’s a tutorial from Erica Arndt that I found on YouTube, this craft is cheap, easy, and can be done in as quick as 5 minutes!
Cut 2 pieces of fabric with 5 x 10½ size, 1 fabric is for the lining and the other for the outside of the bag. Fold the fabrics in half, make sure that the back of the fabric is what’s in front. Take the lining fabric and sew around with a ¼ seam allowance, leaving 2 inches open then continue sewing. Take the outside fabric and mark ¾ inch from the top, add another mark beside the one you made, do this on the other side too. Sew both sides with a ¼ seam allowance, backstitch at stops, and starts for extra strength.
Open the outside fabric sideways and press the seams using a seam roller, iron, or whatever you have available, then turn the fabric inside out. Insert the outside bag in the lining fabric and pin it in place. Mark ¾ inch away from the opening and another ¾ mark below it. Sew around the top edge with a ¼ seam allowance but leave a small hole on the side, this is where you’ll pull the fabric inside out. Stitch and close the opening hole, tuck the lining fabric inside. Press and stitch around the top edge with a ¼ seam allowance. Sew along with the marks you made but leave an opening on both sides for the string to pass through. Insert the strings and knot both ends.
*All image credits belong to Erica Arndt via YouTube. Visit her channel and follow her for more sewing tutorials!