Get rid of those glossy gift bags. Over the years I have been looking for simple ways to replace the paper and plastic we use with reusable, eco-friendly alternatives. We no longer purchase paper napkins, we make our own cloth napkins now. We have used plastic bags to make our own resealable snack bags. When it’s time to give a birthday gift to a friend, instead of reaching for a glossy gift bag, we now reach for our scrap fabric pile. Once we figured out how to sew a simple drawstring bag, they have become our go-to gift bag. This tutorial is so easy to follow that my daughters are able to make bags for their friend’s too.
Sew a Drawstring Bag Tutorial
8 1/2″ x 11″ paper
pins, needles, scissors
sewing machine (or sew by hand)
Cut 1/4″ away from the paper on the bottom and side of the piece of paper. Cut 1″ away from the paper on the top of the paper…this will be where you make the drawstring channel. This will be your seam allowance.
To give the bag a squared corner on the bottom, fold and flatten the bottom of the bag so that you create a triangle. The bottom seam will be the centre of the triangle. Pin the triangle in place.
Sew a line, 1″ from the tip of the corner. Cut the excess triangle off (or you can leave the triangle, it’s up to you). Repeat the process with both corners. Turn the bag, right way around and push the squared corners out. The bag will now have a squared bottom.
Secure a safety pin to one end of the ribbon. Feed the safety pin and ribbon through the drawstring channel. If you like, add decorative beads to the ribbon. Tie a knot in the ends of the ribbon, so that it doesn’t easily slip back inside the channel. Add your gift to the bag and tie up the bag.
This sewing project takes about 15 minutes to make. Not only does this sewing project mean that we are no longer purchasing glossy gift bags, but we are also using up our fabric scraps. The best part is that when we give our gift bags, we pass along an eco-friendly gift bag on for our friends.
Today’s post is part of the of the Earth Month Blog Hop which is being hosted on Kara Carrero & Extremely Good Parenting.
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