Monday 1 December 2014

30 Reusable Fabric Gift Bags...

Reusable fabric bags are a great way to wrap presents. Not only do they look terrific, but there's nothing wasted or thrown out. Bags can be very simple; just a couple of rows of stitching, tied with a ribbon and made in literally minutes. Or they can be more elaborate and a gift in themselves, with the lucky recipient receiving two gifts in one.

Learn how to make Reusable Fabric Gift Bags - 30 tutorials - Threading My Way

Today I am showcasing 30 fabric bags that can be used as gift bags. Some were designed specifically as gift bags, whilst others were sewn for different purposes. Why 30 bags you might ask? Well, presents come in all shapes and sizes, so I've included bags in many different sizes and shapes.

Bags can, of course, be made in festive season colours, or the fabric can be chosen so the recipient can continue to make use of the bag throughout the year. 

All of the bags have been chosen from either the Drawstring Bags or the Gift Wrapping link parties, here at Threading My Way. If you have a great idea for wrapping gifts, I'd love you to add it to one of the collections.

Pretty Drawstring Pouch ~ Tutorial by Lisa and Sarah, from A Spoonful of Sugar

Wine Gift Bag by Amy, from (Amy's) Crafty Shenanigans

Simple Unlined Fabric Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way

Drawstring Gift Bags by Sandra, from Sandra Sews ~ tutorial by In Color Order

Mason Jar Gift Bags ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Yesterfood

Drawstring Bag Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way

Padded Wine Bag ~ Tutorial by Deby, from So Sew Easy

How to Sew: Small Drawstring Bags by Cheryl, from Simply Shoe Boxes

Party Favour Bags ~ Tutorial by KC, from The Real Thing with the Coake Family

Medium Sized Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way

Fabric Gift Cone ~ Tutorial by Josie, from SewforSoul

Fabric Gift Pouch Tutorial by Lisa and Sarah, from A Spoonful of Sugar

Fabric Basket with Drawstring Top ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way

Wine Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Marisa, from Passion et Couture

Simple Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Cheryl, from Simply Shoe Boxes

Small Lined Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way

Pyjama Bag Tutorial by Lisa and Sarah, from A Spoonful of Sugar

Adult Rope Back Pack Tutorial by Wendy, from The Crafter's Apprentice

Drawstring Shoulder Bag ~ Tutorial by Pam, from Threading My Way

Easy Reusable Fabric Gift Bag ~ Tutorial by Noreen, from Crafty Journal

Double Skein Yarn Bag ~ Tutorial by Niki, from Roonie Ranching

Reusable Fabric Gift Bags ~ Tutorials by Pam, from Threading My Way

Penguin Gift Bag by Sandra, from Sandra Sews ~ based on In Color Order's tutorial

Drawstring Bags by Kristy, from Hopeful Threads ~ tutorial by Sew Scrumptious

Easy Drawstring Bag ~ Tutorial by Joy, from Joy's Jots, Shots & Whatnots

Mini Carry Bag by Sherry, from Sew It Sherry ~ tutorial by Pink Penguin

Drawstring Bags by Fay, from Monkey Makes Three ~ tutorial by In Color Order

Now that December is here, there's no denying that the count down to the festive season is on. I can't bury my head in the sand any longer. In my dreams, all my presents would be wrapped in colour co-ordinated fabric gift bags, with matching tags. The reality, however, is slightly different. I haven't made a start on any Christmas sewing yet. 

A few months ago, the kids painted wrapping paper for me. Part of the excitement of opening presents for children, is ripping the paper, so I'll start with wrapping the kids' presents in their paper. There won't be enough for all my presents, however. I'll probably wrap a couple in pillowcases and hopefully I'll get a few fabric gift bags sewn. Really, there's no excuse not to, as they are so quick and easy to make.

I may buy some brown paper, but this year I am determined not to buy commercial Christmas wrapping paper. Last year I only had to resort to a little commercial wrapping paper, but I used up all the supplies I had, so my goal is not to buy any more. We'll see how I go. 

I am well aware that not everyone likes or appreciates handmade. Have you ever gifted a present with reusable wrapping? If so, how was it received?

... Pam


  1. 巾着袋は わたしも愛用しています。
    とても 素敵な多くのデザインに驚いています。

  2. Wonderful collection of gift bags!! I think they're fun to make. ^^

  3. So many fabulous gift bag ideas, Pam! You know, I've been thinking that with the cost of one little paper gift bag today, it really would make sense to sew up a bunch of these. It would also be a great way to use up those smaller pieces of fabric that I tend to save. I am such a craft and sewing hoarder! Your tutorial for the French Knitting Kit bag is a really good one. I am probably in the minority, but I must say that I cannot ever remember hearing of that craft. It sounds interesting. You always inspire me with your posts and all the creative ideas you offer through your tutorials and those from the contributors as well! Thanks, Pam, and I hope you will have a great week!

  4. Oh I am sending this link right to my niece - I was at her house today and I showed her how to make a simple unlined drawstring bag - she'll go crazy for these pictures and tutorials! I forgot all about that penguin bag - it's so cute, LOL!! Thanks for posting my pictures - and thanks for this fabulous collection - these bags are amazing! It must have taken a LONG time to prepare this post with all the photos and links - thank you for putting the time in for us - much appreciated!

    I try to use reusable bags for most of my gifts, and I sew them year round to have a nice stash of different themes, fabrics and sizes. They really are great stashbusters! I do use paper wrap for any gifts being mailed though - fabric bags can bump up the shipping price by quite a bit :D

  5. What a great collection of inspiring tutorials Pam! It must have taken ages to put this together so thanks for taking the time to do it. I admire your ambition to avoid using commercial wrapping paper, hope you manage to keep it.

  6. These are all so pretty, and so much fun, Pam! Thank you for including my Mason Jar Gift Bags! Sharing! :)

  7. I love this idea! I wonder if I still have that Christmas fabric I was wanting to use up...

  8. Yes I'm a true believer in making cloth gift bags which can be an added gift. I keep an eye out all year for a bunch of fabric that would suit for Christmas bags. If I can make every bag alike, I don't slow down deciding for each receiver. Thanks for featuring my little bag.

  9. The gift bag is part of the gift too. Double gifts!


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