Welcome to the first of 25 days of crafts! Today marks the start of two marathons for me – this craft challenge and walking the Seattle half marathon. Wish me luck on both!
To kick off the holidays, we begin with a practical, yet festive craft – drawstring gift bags.
Many Christmases ago, my family switched from rolls of gift wrap to cloth bags. In the beginning it was motivated by convenience and cutting costs but over time it’s become an eco-friendly tradition as well.
We’re a large family. Including cousins, there are over 30 of us, which means more bags than I care to count. To keep monetary and time costs to a minimum, we hit the after-holiday sales for affordable fabric and we reuse our bags each year. The bags rotate among family members, divvied up among us, and new ones are added into circulation each year. It’s worked pretty well for us and so I invite you to give it a try this holiday. You can start small and build over time.
Before we get to the project, I must confess that I am not skilled at sewing. I’ve always benefited from the skills of my mother, grandmother and aunts. Thankfully, my partner in crafting, Krafty Kath, is just as talented. Below she guides us, step-by-step, through the process of making our very own drawstring bag.
DIY drawstring gift bags
These instructions will make one 10″ x 12″ bag.
- Fabric (13.5″ wide x 21″ long)
- Matching thread
- 0.5″ wide ribbon (1 yard long)
- Safety pin
- Sewing machine
With the wrong side facing up, fold one of the long sides over 1.25″ to make a crease. Pin your fold down with straight pins.
Sew along .25″ away from the cut edge of the fabric. This will create the channel that your ribbon will go through.
With the wrong side facing in, fold the fabric in half and pin together along the bottom and side. Sew a .25″ seam along the bottom edge, continuing around to the side edge. Make sure you stop sewing when you get to the folded portion.
Turn the bag inside out. Attach a large safety pin (I used a diaper pin) on one end of your ribbon. Feed it through the top edge and pull out the other side.
You can either leave the ribbons untied, or tie them together in a knot. Now your ready to fill it with goodies!
Voilà! You’ve got yourself a drawstring gift bag!
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