Christmas is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about pretty handmade packaging for your gifts. You have put so much thought into choosing the gift, so why not learn how to make a gift bag that shows how much you care.
This felt diy gift bag is simple to make and will only take you a few minutes.
How to Make a Gift Bag
- Felt – Stiff acrylic felt works the best as it holds the gift bag’s shape nicely. The pattern will fit on a 9 x 12 inch (23 x 30.5cm) piece of craft felt. Felt can also be purchased by the yard (metre) if you wish to scale your template up.
- 1/2 inch (12mm) square piece of Velcro – It is easy to just cut down a larger piece to size.
- Your printable pattern – This pattern makes a gift bag that is W 3″ xH 3 1/2″ x D 2 1/4″ (7.5x9x5.7cm). You can easily use a photocopier to make it smaller or larger.
Start by downloading and printing your pattern by clicking on the image below. This will open a separate window with the PDF to save. (Don’t try and print the below image.) Once saved, open in Adobe Reader and print with a 100% scale.
Trim around the boxes and sticky tape the pattern together in 2 rows so the flap joins to the body.
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Cut one piece of felt for your body and one piece for your flap lining. You can use the same colored felt or a contrast for a smart accent.
Pull your Velcro apart and stitch one piece on the RIGHT side of the body and the other side on the RIGHT side of the flap lining in the position marked on your pattern piece. (Tip: Patterned felt will often have a right and a wrong side while plain felt may be the same both sides. )
Place the flap lining with the RIGHT side up on the WRONG side of the body matching the flap edges. Stitch around the lining close to the edge. I used a green thread so you could see the stitching, but I think it looks nicer if you match the thread color on the top and bottom. (Read how to sew felt)
Trim around the edge of the flap to neaten the edges.
Fold your body with RIGHT sides together so the sides match and stitch along either side.
Fold your bottom corners so the edges match and stitch across. This creates what is called a box bottom. Trim across the seam to neaten it.
Turn your bag the RIGHT way out and it is all ready for decorating!
Here I used a cute double bow and stitched it on the flap. If you are making a few of these gift bags you may find it faster to use a hot glue gun to stick the bows on the flap.
You could also decorate using embroidery, felt flowers, sequins or any other decoration you can think of. (Read how to sew sequins) These felt gift bags are great for Birthday presents too.
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