This gift bag can be made using either fat quarters or yardage. You may notice that the fabric changes sometimes from picture to picture… that’s because I wanted three gift bags and was sewing them assembly line fashion. I found that my rotary cutter, quilt ruler, and cutting mat came in handy for this project! (<-affiliate links)
Cut 1 rectangle 16 ½” X 20 ½” from fabric that you want to be the front of the gift bag.
Cut 1 rectangle 16 ½” X 20 ½” from fabric that will be the back of the gift bag and the portion that will fold over to the front.
Cut 2 pieces of lining fabric 16 ½” X 20 ½”
Cut 2 pieces of medium weight sew-in interfacing 16 ½” X 20 ½” (As a side note, the interfacing I had was 20″ wide, so I cut my pieces 16 1/2″ X 20″ to conserve interfacing and then I just centered the interfacing on the back of the fabric. (see photo below)
Use ½” seam allowances throughout.
Note: If you are using fabric with an obvious directional print, I recommend that you use it for the front of your bag. If you were to use a directional print on the back, the print will be upside down when you fold the bag over. (See photos.)
Pin and baste interfacing to the wrong side of the front and back pieces.
Cut a 3” square out of each corner of one 16 ½” side. This will form the bottom of the bag.
When cutting the square out of a directional print, make sure to cut the square out of the bottom as pictured below.
Repeat this step for the lining pieces.
With right sides together, sew side and bottom seams of the front and back of the outside of the bag.
Repeat for the lining pieces, leaving a 4 inch opening in one of the side seams. (Or you could do as I usually do and sew the entire seam using a regular stitch for 6 inches, backtack, change to a longer stitch length for the 4 inches, backtack, change back to a regular stitch for the remainder of the seam.
I remove those stitches after the seam is pressed open. I do it this way because it gives me a nice crisp folded edges when I’m closing that seam after the bag is turned right side out.
Press all seams open. In case you’re wondering how to press open that bottom seam, this is how I do it:
Please excuse my stained ironing board cover. I had been starching quilt blocks and didn’t have time to wash it before starting this project.
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