DIY – Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

With the idea to wrap gifts sustainable, learning how to make your own DIY – Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags will help you to make them in no time and spending on it just a little.

Changing the habit to use paper for wrapping gifts to using fabric bags made by you is an idea that is more eco-friendly these days and the best of it is that the receiver can use the fabric bag as a groceries bag or for other purposes.

Making a fabric bag will take you not very long, and is an easy sewing project for beginners.

It only takes a few steps to make it and you’ll get great results always!

DIY – Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

 

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

Materials You Need To Make A Fabric Bag.

1 x piece of fabric of 22 x 13″

1 x piece of ribbon

You’ll need also.

Some pins

Sewing machine (This is the sewing machine I have at home, you can take a look at it on Amazon)

Patchwork ruler

Rotary Cutter

1 pair of scissors

Note: I’m sharing a tutorial of a finished bag of 10 x 10″ , but you can follow the same instructions to make any size bag, just cut the piece of fabric folded as the size of bag you’ll need, the two cuts on the bottom of the bag to make the boxed bag might need to be a little bigger or smaller, it will depend on how big or small you want to make the bag.

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Step by Step Tutorial To Make An Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags.

1. Cut the piece of fabric to make the bag.

This time I used the rotary cutter, the cutting mat and the patchwork ruler to do this step, but you can measure the fabric with the measuring tape and cut the fabric piece with your best pair of scissors. Press.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

2. Start with the fabric on your work table right side up and fold the fabric in the middle, with the help of the patchwork ruler, trace with a pencil a 1/4″ seam all along the side of the bag.

Trace a 1 1/4″ x 1 1/4″ square on each of the bottom corners of the bag. Pinch a few pins.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

3. On the side to sew, trace with a pencil a mark of 2 1/4″ from the top of the bag, this mark is where you’ll put the ribbon to tie the bag.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

4. With the help of the scissors cut out the two squares you traced on the bottom of the bag.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

5. Fold the piece of ribbon in the middle and place the fold inside the bag on the mark you traced with the pencil, pinch a pin to hold the ribbon.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

6. Run your sewing machine all along the side and the bottom of the bag, first with a regular stitch on your sewing machine and then with a zigzag feature.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

7. To make the boxed bottom in the bag, open each one of the squares you cut of the fabric on the bottom of the bag, and

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

8. Lift and pinch the corners of the cut-out squares together.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

9. Sew shut both of the fabric openings, first with a regular stitch on your sewing machine and then with the zigzag feature.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

10. Turn out the fabric bag and fold 1/4″ two times on the top of the bag, pinch a few pins and run the sewing machine all around the bag opening, Press.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

11. The fabric gift bag is finished, it only took less than 10 minutes to make it and it was the first one you made, the next fabric bags you’ll make will be easier and faster to make.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

12. Place the gift to deliver inside the bag and tie a bow with the ribbon.

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags

You can use this tutorial to make easy to sew fabric gift bags to use this Christmas or on any occasion, the only thing you need to do is to choose the perfect fabric to work with it!

The fabric design will help you to sew a fabric bag for any time of the year or for the right event!

DIY - Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift BagsHow much does it cost to make an eco-friendly fabric bag?

Making an eco-friendly fabric bag to deliver a gift doesn’t cost much, I made this fabric bag out of a fat quarter and it cost me only $2.50 Can, but I only used 3/4 of it, so I still have some fabric to make a smaller fabric bags or something else.

The ribbon was in a package of 5 different ribbons that cost me $1.25 Can. So it cost around 30 cents.

The materials to make this fabric bag cost a total of $2.30 Can. If you compare to the cost of paper gifts bag, the cost could be the same and in many cases it could cost a little bit more!

How Many Times Can a Fabric Gift Bag Be Used?

As many times as you want, when you deliver a gift in a fabric bag, you can add a note to tell the receiver to use the bag to deliver another gift to someone else, or to use the bag to go to the groceries store or to a farmers market.

The fabric bag can also be used to keep inside many things. They are a big help to get everything well organized at home.

You can read also how to make a reversible drawstring bag

If you deliver the fabric bag to a quilter, I’m sure the quilter could use the fabric on her/his next quilt!

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2 thoughts on “DIY – Eco-Friendly Fabric Gift Bags”

  1. Alex, this is such a cool and easy idea. I’m very interested in doing things in a sustainable way, and this is a wonderful reusable way to give a gift.

    I also love that the bag as a “boxed” bottom and not the usual narrow bottom. It makes it suitable for a variety of shapes for gift-giving.

    Eco-friendly fabric gift bags are an excellent way to give a second gift with the reusable bag and do something great for the environment.

    Stella 🙂

    Reply
    • Hi Stella,

      Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog today, I’m glad you like the idea to make an eco-friendly fabric bag to deliver gifts, as you said, these bags are an excellent way to give two gifts in one!

      Reply

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