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Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Hello, it’s Lisa Tilse here from the red thread. I’m delighted to be a new contributor to decor8 and I’m excited to be sharing lovely simple and quick craft projects with you each month with a new column called Make Me. I believe everyone has some creativity in them, and crafting is a wonderful way to get in touch with that. Handmade is good for the soul – for your soul when you stop to focus on making with your hands and heart, and for those who receive the gift of something handmade.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Even if you aren’t confident enough in your crafting skills to give a handmade gift, you can still put love and care into gift wrapping. This project is all about that – creating gorgeous unique no-sew fabric gift bags handmade by you. It’s quick and easy to make a batch of these in one session and you’ll have something ready for a little thank you or hostess gift.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

You’ll need:
6.5 inch square pieces of cotton fabric, 2 for each gift bag.
Pinking scissors. These scissors cut with a zig zag line. They aren’t essential, but they give a lovely finish and stop the edges from fraying.
Double sided tape about a quarter inch wide.
Embellishments like ribbon, leather thonging, gift tags, feathers, pom poms, beads, or flowers.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Step 1: Cut the fabric
Cut the fabric squares with pinking scissors. Quilting shops sell fabric precut to this size, and ‘charm packs’ which are 5 inch squares, both with pinked edges. These gift bags are also a great way to use up fabrics you have.

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Step 2: Apply the tape
Apply double sided tape on the wrong side of the fabric around three sides.

Step 3: Assemble the bags
Remove the backing from the tape and position the second square of fabric on top so that all the edges are aligned.
Rub along the taped edges with your fingernails to ensure both pieces of fabric are adhered to the tape. Easy!

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Make Me: Fabric Gift Bags

Step 4: Wrap and decorate
Pop the gift inside. These fabric gift bags are strong enough to use for little gifts like jewelry, washi tape, gift cards, a lovely bar of soap, or a little wrapped sweet treat.

Have fun decorating! If you have any questions, please just ask me in the comments section below.

See you again in June with another Make Me column! – Lisa

(images/text: lisa tilse)

Posted by decor8 in Make Me on May 28, 2013

Your comments...

  1. FrauSchmitt commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 2:22pm

    This is going to be a great new column on your blog, Holly. Lisa, I love this DIY idea a lot. It’s easy and fast and looks great. I was thinking about using double sided tape lately. Thank you so much for showing that it works.
    I’m already looking forward to your next project!

    Cheers,
    Steffi
    FrauSchmitt´s last blog post ..A Rie Elise Larsen towel turned into a cushion

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  2. Rosalind Gregoire commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 3:07pm

    Oh I love these! I would put lavender in them! :)
    Rosalind Gregoire´s last blog post ..Sneek preview

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  3. Tina Ramchandani commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 4:47pm

    Congrats on the new column! These look fairly easy to make. I’ll give them a try :)
    Tina Ramchandani´s last blog post ..Katie Lee’s Winning Wilsonart Challenges Cafe Chair

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  4. Louisa Blackmore commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 5:19pm

    Hi Lisa & Holly,

    What a fab blog post – I am definitely going to try this out, anything that saves turning the sewing machine on is a winner with me.

    I LOVE these little bags, they are so cute. And the best bit is, I have everything I need already to get started. Perfect.

    Thanks so much,
    Louisa

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  5. Marianne commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 5:53pm

    Welcome to Decor8! Thank you for the lovely tutorial. Even I can do this ;-)
    Marianne´s last blog post ..Wordless Wednesday: View from Mount Rigi Switzerland

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  6. Julia commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 7:23pm

    Lovely! I´m looking forward for more tips!
    Julia´s last blog post ..Sugestões para o feriado

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  7. Aileen@AtHomeinLove commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 8:14pm

    Love this!! There is nothing better than a package that is thoughtfully wrapped.
    Aileen@AtHomeinLove´s last blog post ..Recent Pinspiration

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  8. Anette@lebenslustiger commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 9:07pm

    So adorable! Glad to meet you Lisa ☆

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  9. Marie commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 10:36pm

    I love the idea! It’s simple, cute and beautiful! :)
    Marie´s last blog post ..Snack-Abendessen

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  10. Space By Design commented
    May 28th, 2013 at 11:44pm

    Adorable! A handmade gift is by far better than store bought, no matter what it looks like. These are great.
    Space By Design´s last blog post ..Cold weather roofing options

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  11. Daniela commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:50am

    Hello Lisa, nice to meet you :)

    These gift bags are lovely and unique! I love your choice of fabrics, really pretty!
    Daniela´s last blog post ..Toddler lampshade

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  12. Steph Bond-Hutkin commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:56am

    So lovely and easy and effective. I feel like these have been made just for me! I’ll need to start collecting gorgeous feathers – they are so effective with these little parcels. Well done Lisa – can’t wait to see your next column.
    Steph Bond-Hutkin´s last blog post ..Voices of 2013 awards – top 25 Creative and Home blogs

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  13. Emma Steendam commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:58am

    I’m so excited about this new column – and even more so that it’s an Aussie! Yay! I love the red thread, and I love decor8, this is brilliant. These little gift bags are gorgeous, simple but gorgeous. I love it.

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  14. donna commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 1:13am

    simply gorgeous…thank you

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  15. georgie commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 4:40am

    love the idea so simple
    i am so going to do this

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  16. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 6:20am

    @FrauSchmitt: Thanks so much for your welcome Steffi. I’m a fan of double sided tape… far less messy than glue!

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  17. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 6:21am

    @Louisa Blackmore: Hey Louisa! I hope you enjoy making them – so great that you already have everything you need.
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..SPACE TO CREATE :: Karina Jean Sharpe

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  18. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 6:22am

    @Marianne: Thanks Marianne! I’m so happy to hear that you think you can do this… that’s what I’m aiming for here on decor8: simple and fun projects.
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..SPACE TO CREATE :: Karina Jean Sharpe

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  19. Hina commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 9:18am

    What a great and functional idea! I just love the idea of using fabric as gift bag and in such an easy and trendy way is definitely a hit for me. I’ll try it for sure!

    Hina´s last blog post ..Original Abstract Roses Flowers Painting on canvas by PeacockExpressions

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  20. Ria commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 10:15am

    Dear Lisa,
    this DIY looks so simple but charming. I´m a girl with two left hands, so I´m happy for any simple projects. Thanks a lot for sharing.
    Hope you will enjouy your column, like we will.
    Greetings, Ria
    Ria´s last blog post ..Things to worry about and things not to worry about

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  21. Sara commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 11:29am

    I love them, it’s a colour explosion with several uses. I´m going to try it out

    Me encantan, los colores entran por los ojos y además se le puede dar un motón de usos. Lo probaré.

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  22. Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 12:14pm

    Gorgeous ideas and photos, Lisa! This is crafting I think even I could manage ;)

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  23. Olga commented
    May 29th, 2013 at 7:02pm

    What a good idea!
    It’s cute.

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  24. Lindsey Bonnice commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 2:02am

    Love these! Such wonderful and simple gift idea, can’t wait to try them!
    Lindsey Bonnice´s last blog post ..Etsy Love Wednesdays: Cotton Candy

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  25. Janel from NellieBellie commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 3:34am

    These are so sweet!! Pinning and remembering these come Christmas!
    Janel from NellieBellie´s last blog post ..Eat It: Honey Cheesecake with Oatmeal Crust (gluten-free)

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  26. Wendy commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 3:57am

    Love it! What a great idea.

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  27. Tanya commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 12:15pm

    Hi Lisa,
    I just wondered where you got your gorgeous fabric please…I want to source the exact same x Thanks X Tan

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  28. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 1:33pm

    @Anette@lebenslustiger: Thanks Anette :)
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..GORMAN Choose your own adventure sneakers

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  29. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 1:34pm

    @Daniela: Thanks for the welcome Daniela! The fabrics are in one of my favourite colour combos. I love pinks and turquoise together.
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..GORMAN Choose your own adventure sneakers

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  30. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 1:35pm

    @Steph Bond-Hutkin: Thanks Steph – I have lots of lovely ideas in store for my column here on decor8.
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..Comment on Washi Tape and Leila Jeffreys by the red thread

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  31. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 1:36pm

    @Ria: Thanks so much for your warm welcome Ria!
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..GORMAN Choose your own adventure sneakers

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  32. lisa :: the red thread commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 1:42pm

    @Tanya: Hi Tanya, All the fabrics are from quilting fabric lines. The pink toile and pale turquoise with cream flowers are fabrics by Tilda, the blue and green geometric design was a scrap from my fabric stash which I can’t identify (sorry), and the scallop design is a fabric from my new range called Hello Tokyo for Robert Kaufman – due in stores in Australia in July and other countries in October :) I’m glad you like my choice!
    lisa :: the red thread´s last blog post ..GORMAN Choose your own adventure sneakers

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  33. Lauren commented
    May 30th, 2013 at 3:49pm

    I adore great packaging! This is a DIY I will try!! So cute, thank you for sharing this lovely project with us! I look forward to what you have in store in June!
    Lauren´s last blog post ..A Warm Hello

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  34. Diane commented
    June 3rd, 2013 at 4:36pm

    These are SO cute nice to know that even a non-sew-er can make something so pretty. I have 4 BIG craft shows coming up between now and August so I plan on hitting Joanns Fabrics and Wal-mart if they still have fabric.

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  35. Iva Y commented
    June 9th, 2013 at 3:58pm

    These are SO cute! Who doesn’t love pretty patterns and beautifully smelling things? :)
    Iva Y´s last blog post ..FREE SHIPPING "High Above" 5×7 Fine Art Photography Print by ivay

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  36. Lynne, Papermash commented
    August 9th, 2013 at 3:57pm

    Love this series! And love this no-sew project!
    Lynne, Papermash´s last blog post ..Washi Wednesday winner

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  37. Elizabeth Keeler commented
    September 7th, 2013 at 5:37pm

    Thank you for sharing perfect for the ‘natural’ look I was wanting to convey..much appreciation ♥

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