Fabric Gift Bags Free Pattern & Tutorial

The holidays are right around the corner 🙂
Add a little extra homemade love into the holidays this year with this fabric gift bags tutorial and free pattern!

FREE Pattern for Fabric Gift Bags
Sure you can buy gift bags at the store but these are just so much more fun 🙂
They are made from one cut of fabric so they’re super quick which is definitely a bonus! Now I want to dig through all my fabric and make more for birthdays too!
They are a great way to make a gift to anyone extra special!
Or if you’re selfish like me you can use them for family gifts so you can re-use them each year 🙂
And they fold up nice and flat just like a regular gift bag so they’re easy to store
All of my fabrics were generously provided by Dragonfly Fabrics 
They don’t have holiday prints but you can search by color which is so nice!
I just browsed through the red and green and picked out some fun combos 🙂
Let’s get started!

For each bag you need 2 pieces of fabric. 1/2 yard cuts is plenty for the bags we’re making. You also need 1″ ribbon (I used grosgrain) and Decor Weight Fusible Interfacing (I used Pellon 809)

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1. Iron on the main interfacing to the wrong side of the outer layer of your bag 1/2″ down from the top edge and 1/2″ in from each side seam. Using the interfacing placement number from the chart position the bottom pieces that far in from the side seams (so 2.25″ for an XS bag). It should have 1/2″ of fabric left below and you’ll have a gap in the middle.
To get nice crisp lines press along the dotted lines. This will be the 4 corners and bottom edge of your bag
2. With right sides together (RST) sew the short edges of the bag together. Press the seam allowance flat and open and then sew across the bottom edge of the bag.  Use a 1/2″ seam allowance.
3. Using your pre-pressed lines fold your bag so it has a nice rectangle bottom and 2 little tabs coming out each end
4. Sew across each tab right at the base of your interfacing. If you want to make sure you’re sewing in the right place the length of your stitching line should match the finished depth measurement for your bag. Trim off the excess.
Repeat steps 2-4 with your lining fabric. I didn’t bother to pre-press and just used my measurement from step 4 to make sure I sewed the corners correctly. Leave a 4-6″ gap in the side seam.
5. Sew a ribbon handle to each side. My ribbon pieces were around 6-8″ long depending on the bag size.
6. Slide the lining over the bag and sew together around the top edge
7. Turn the bag right side out and hand sew the gap in the lining shut. Once you have the lining inside the bag re-press your bag so it’s nicely formed and has 4 clear sides. Fold it up like you’d fold a gift bag for storage and press
 Have fun making lots more!
They’re kind of addictive 🙂

20 Responses

  1. For the bag bottom, the pattern says to place on the fold and cut two. That makes the pieces much too long. I’m I just suppose to cut two? Or put it on the fold and cut it in half?

    Thanks for the pattern.

    1. are you referring to the piece for the bottom interfacing or the actual fabric part of the bag. for the bottom interfacing you will cut 2 of the small pieces and for the main body interfacing you cut 1 on the fold. for the main body of the bag you need to cut 2 on the fold (its the side fold, not the bottom) and this will become your inner and outer fabric for the bag.

  2. The pictures that are in the directions are not showing up. There’s an icon there and if you copy and paste, a link shows up, but it doesn’t take you to a picture. Can you fix this please? It will help tremendously for those of us who need a picture to go along with the directions. Some of us aren’t advanced as others.
    Thanks!! Loving these bags!!

  3. Thanks for this tutorial!! I’ve made a few of these now and they’re easy and really cute! I’ve discovered a few helpful tips that I thought I’d pass along:
    -Instead of just ironing the bag along the folds after it’s fully constructed, I iron the outer piece once it’s sewn, before it’s attached to the liner. It comes out a little crisper that way.
    -Instead of measuring the corners to sew in the liner, I use one of the “tabs” cut from the corner of the outer piece as a guide. I pin it on and sew a little in from it. It works great!

    Thanks again, and Merry Christmas!

  4. Thank you so much! I just made the small bag, it was so easy and quick to make. This will make the perfect way to package my mom’s Christmas gift. I may have to make the large bag to package the gifts for a baby shower next month!

  5. cute pattern tried to print instructions but it has advertisement on page with steps 1 and 2 so couldn’t read them. thanks!!

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