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How to Sew a Drawstring Gift Bag

How to Sew a Drawstring Gift Bag

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This season I am trying my hand at unique and green gift wrapping techniques.  It started with this scarf gift wrap, a wonderful no waste way to gift a scarf.  Today I am sharing how to turn fabric scraps into a drawstring gift bag.  Give your gift in a handmade bag that can be used over and over again.  This is a simple sewing project perfect for beginners, watch and learn and you’ll be making your own drawstring gift bags in no time.

drawstring gift bags

How to sew a drawstring gift bag

I started with a few scraps of fabric, some Christmas themed and others fairly neutral.  A simple drawstring gift bag can be reused as a gift bag and so much more.  Why waste paper when you can wrap gifts in these cute bags.

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  • Scraps of fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
  • Sewing machine

drawstring gift bag supplies

I received this sewing machine for Christmas from my family and I absolutely love it.  It’s easy to use for small projects like this, but holds up well to lots of repetitive heavy work too.  

Be sure to watch the video for all the details.  

Start with a scrap of fabric about twice the size of you gift.  You will fold the top down and sew a channel for the ribbon to run through.  Once the channel is sewed in, fold the right sides of the fabric together to create a pouch.  Then, using a safety pin attached to one end of the ribbon, push the ribbon through the channel.  Finally turn the bag inside out.  You’ll need to push the ribbon through the small opening left in the bag and you are ready to use this drawstring gift bag.  

learn how to sew a drawstring gift bag

This simple drawstring gift bag can be as large or small or your gift requires.  Skip the paper and gift one of these bags instead, think of all the ways you can reuse a cute little bag like this.

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