Giving a gift to someone? If you’re looking for a unique way to wrap it, consider making a one-of-a-kind reusable gift bag.
Even if you’re new to sewing, a reusable gift bag is one of the easiest projects around. In fact, it can be completed in around 30 minutes or less. If you snag a deal at a fabric store or have material around the house, the project comes in at less than $5, too.
Here’s a list of everything you need to make a reusable gift bag:
Tuck handles inside the layers so that they’re even. Pin them accordingly.
Sew along the newly-folded edge of the bag. Be mindful to hold the handles perpendicular to the bag so they remain centered. Sew a second stitch just below the first one to finish the bag.
How to make a reusable gift bag for books
To create a pattern that fits a book, place the book on the folded fabric. Measure two inches out from each side for paperbacks and thinner hardcovers. Measure three to four inches out for thicker hardcovers. Cut the bag’s rectangles accordingly.
Follow all steps, except for number three, to create a custom-fitted book gift bag.
How to make a reusable gift bag: gift cards
To create a pattern that fits a gift card, place the gift card on the folded material. Measure two inches out from each side, and cut the bag’s rectangles accordingly.
Follow all steps, except for three and four. For the mini handles, repurpose crafting ribbon and cut to size.
Pro tips for making reusable gift bags
Iron fabric before you begin cutting and sewing. This will eliminate bunching and uneven measuring.
Choose a lining material that complements the shell of the bag. For example, if the outside material is a bold print, choose a lining material in one of its accent colors.
Buy pillowcases and sheets at garage sales and thrift stores. They make great linings for reusable gift bags, plus you get several yards of material for only a couple of bucks.
Take advantage of fabric sales to buy in bulk and save big. Many seasonal prints, for example, are marked down 30 to 50% off right after the holiday ends.
Perks of making a reusable gift bag
Reduces single-use paper
Reusable gift bags are an easy way to go green with gifting. They replace single-use paper products, such as gift wrap, gift boxes, paper gift bags, and tissue paper.
Has sentimental value
Handmade gifts hold sentimental value for recipients, and reusable gift bags are no exception. Anyone can wrap a gift in paper, but making your own gift bag adds an extra-special touch. It goes without saying that it will make your gift a memorable one.
Can be repurposed
Recipients can repurpose reusable gift bags in countless ways. The bag can be re-gifted to someone else, or it can be a container for small items like makeup, hair accessories, art supplies, or prepackaged snacks.
Great practice for bigger projects
Those new to sewing benefit from ultra-simple projects, like reusable gift bags. The pattern is simple with only straight stitches, making it great practice for bigger, more involved sewing projects. Best of all, the project can be completed in 30 minutes or less.
The average yard of fabric costs around $5 per yard. Depending on the size of the reusable gift bag, you can make more than one with a single yard. As a result, reusable gift bags are often cost-effective alternatives to single-use paper gift wrap.
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