These bags have been made with a definite festive feeling, however you could adapt to suit any occasion depending on the fabrics and embellishments you choose.
The gift bag is unlined and held together around the top by a drawstring fastening. This tutorial explains how to make the hessian bag from the photo. Hessian is a little like Marmite, you either love it or hate it, I love it (but incidentally I hate Marmite). I love it's smell, it's texture and it's versatility and it's price!
So let's get started:
You will need:
Fabric main part of bag 40cm x 22cm (x2)
Fabric strip 44cm x 4cm (Casing)
Fabric strip 88cm x 3cm (Drawstring)
Take the two main pieces of fabric and finish the edges to neaten them up. I actually didn't do that on this one because I wanted the rough and readiness of fraying hessian, but I did do a picture to show you what I mean.
|See the zig-zag, just helps to stop the fraying|
Then with right sides together, pin .....
and sew the 2 main pieces together
down each side and across the bottom taking a 1cm seam.......
and reinforcing the stitching at the corners.
|Reinforced stitching at the corners|
Turn the bag inside out and press open the seams.
Now you are going to start making the bag look a little more boxy. At one of the corners of the bag, fold it so that the seams are aligned.
|Align the seams by pinching the corners|
Mark the point at which the width measures 10cm with a pin at each side.
|Can you see how the width is 10cm? Mark with a pin|
Then stitch from one side to the other.
This is what you should end up with.
Trim off the excess......
...... and turn your bag right side out pushing your finger into the corners to create that boxy shape that you're after. Depending on the type of fabric you're using it may even stand up on it's own now.
Now turn your bag inside out. Turn over approx 1cm around the top of the bag and then a further 2cm. Press in place.
Pin and stitch.
Now you are going to make the casing for the drawstring. Taking the fabric casing strip, fold both long side raw edges into the centre and press. At each end fold in about 5mm and press, to hide the raw edges.
|I think I need a new ironing board cover!!|
Mark the centre of the front of the bag along the top edge, with a pin. Start to pin the casing around the outside of the bag approx 6cm down from the top finished edge using the centre pin on the top edge as your starting and finishing guide.
Ensure that you start and finish in the centre of the front of the bag as this is where we need the opening to be for the drawstring.
Stitch into place. Don't forget to leave the openings for the drawstring unstitched!
Next make your drawstring. Take your strip. Fold the two long edges into the centre as before with the casing and press .....
.....but this time, fold in half again and press. Finish off the ends as with the casing.
Stitch around all edges.
Attach a safety pin to one end of your drawstring .....
.....and slip inside one of the openings of your casing.
Push it inside and work it all the way around the casing until it comes out of the opening on the other side.
Place your wine bottle inside your bag and pull the drawstring around the neck of the bottle. Tie a bow.
|...and with added gift tag|
You're a genius! You've earned your self a glass of wine, shame you've just wrapped it up!
You'll notice that I have added a gift tag to make things pop a little more.
I have chosen a very plain fabric for both bags but your fabric choice can be as plain or as funky as you choose. Likewise, why not use ribbon for your drawstring if you prefer.
Now Wendy and all the crafters at Handmade Monday have been busy with their makes so that's where I'm off to now with my contribution. Make sure you pay a visit too or even better why not join in?