Reusable Fabric Gift bag tutorial

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This reusable Gift bag is perfect for all occasions and its the gift that keeps on giving!

Great stash buster and the receiver can use it for themselves or pass it along to the next gift

I have a few different sizes in this tutorial i am making a 6″ x 6″ x 3″ gift bag perfect for small items

Measurements for other sizes will be listed below the post as to not confuse you during this tutorial


Contrasting cotton fabrics

Medium weight interfacing (to help you bag stand up)


Sewing Machine

Thread, pins and clips


Cut 2 –   10″ x 16″  pieces of Cotton fabric

Cut 2 – 3″ x 10″ pieces for the handles

Cut 2  – 2″ x 10″ piece of medium weight interfacing

Cut 2 – 10″ x 16″ piece of medium weight interfacing

More Sizes at the  bottom of this post!

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Step 1

Iron on interfacing onto all pieces, for handles place the 2″ piece centered on the fabric

Make sure you are using a Hot Dry iron

Oliso Smart Iron

Step 2: Create the straps by folding in each raw edge a 1/2″ and then fold in half again *Press

Sew down both sides with a top stitch

Step 3: Take the outer fabric and fold length ways in half with the right sides out.

Step 4: Measure in from the folded edge 1.5″ and place a pin through both layers of fabric, do this on both sides of the fabric, *note the pins (hard to see.. sorry!)

Step 5: Place the fabric right sides together folding it on the pin marks (it will resemble an accordion fold)

Once it has been folded you can remove the pins, i recommend giving it a press so it all stays folded nicely, place pins again to secure during sewing if you wish

Step 6: With the lining piece fold it in half with the right sides together length ways, from here we will sew down the sides of the fabric leaving the side opposite of the fold open, Note the outer piece appears shorter but that is how it is suppose to be at this time.

Step 7: Take the lining piece and press the side piece down to the base of the bag to create a triangle at the corner. measure 3″ from side to side and mark with a pen or marker

Sew along the drawn line, Do this for both corners of the bag, If you have difficulty please refer to the video tutorial linked in this Blog post

Step 8: Snip off the excess corners

Step 8: now we will flip the outer fabric right sides out

This is how the base of the bag should look, it may take some finessing and pressing to make the triangle look perfect

Step 9: now we will insert the lining of the bag into the outer fabric lining up the side seams

Step 10: Fold in the raw edges towards each other and pin into place, i find it helps to press as well

Step 11: Slip in the handles on either sides, i measured 2.5″ away from the side seams so they were even on both sides, the straps are a little long so if you wish to make them shorter you may do that or make them longer

Step 12: To finish off the bag you will top stitch all the way around the rim of the bag

Step 13: give your bag one last press and your done!

Different Sizes

Tall – Small – 10″ x 22″ Cotton Fabric  (finished measurements 6″ x 9″tall x 3″

Tall – Large – 14″ x 30″  Fabric  (finished measurements 10″ x 13″ x 3″)

Wide – Small – 12″ x 16″ Fabric (finished measurements 9″ x 6″ x 3″

Large Wide – 17″ x 24″ Fabric (finished measurements 13″ x 10″ x 3″)

Square Small – Refer to above tutorial for measurements

Square – Large – 14 x 24″ Fabric (finished measurements 10″ x 10″ x 3″)

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  1. Mary

    Thanks! Your tutorial was so easy to follow. Thanks for sharing your expertise. I will be making this cute bag this week! Please include me in the 12 days of Christmas tutorials.

  2. Jamie

    Can you tell me the name of the Santa fabric you used? PLEASE

  3. Sharon

    Thank You, great tutorial. Loved how you did the base of the bag.

  4. Sharon

    Thank You, great tutorial. Loved how you did the base of the bag.

  5. Lucinda Torres

    How do I sew this with directional fabric? I am confused and fabric pattern is going in the wrong direction.

    • charmedbyashley

      i would take the main body measurement and add a 1/2′ to the length, then cut that piece in half length ways and flip one of the sides so the directional fabric is going away from each other and sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance so you end up with a piece the correct measurement, the seam will run along the bottom of the bag and should work out perfect for you!


      • Lucinda Torres

        Thanks so much for the tip. Now I can have the patterns going in the correct direction.

  6. Annette

    I am looking for a sewing machine
    I am not an avid sewer, but I do sew from time to time
    Looking for a good machine that is pretty basic
    But is easy to use and your machine looked like it works great
    Can you tell me what make and model you have
    Thank you

    • charmedbyashley

      i have a brother CP4300, they dont make it anymore but i can provide a link to one similar

      • Annette

        Thank you so much!

  7. Chris

    Thank you for the tutorial! So much easier to see it actually being sewn!

  8. Barbara

    How can I make the bag wider then the 3”?

  9. Laura

    Thanks for the video! I can’t read a pattern at all but a video ~BAM! I was looking for a reverse able small bag and this fits the bill. Those bottom corners-cute


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