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How to Make a Fabric Gift Bag

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Reusable gift wrap is a huge trend at the moment, so it's the perfect time to get creative with fabric gift bags! Use our wonderful new range of Joules fat quarters and follow this simple tutorial to make a small, handmade gift bag that anyone will love. This is a great project for sewing beginners.

If you're looking for a more sustainable way to wrap presents for any occasion, this is the perfect project for you.

Hobbycraft is excited to announce the launch of an exclusive fabric collection with premium lifestyle brand Joules. Craft your own projects with the British brand's quintessential heritage style, with fabrics featuring iconic prints and patterns from the Joules archive.

Project and instructions by @sew__jessali.

Full range of Joules fabrics available in our stores from April 12th 2021.

Discover more great sewing projects using Joules fabrics here andgt;

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How to make

Step 1

Cut two rectangles out of your chosen fabric that measure 36 x 15cm (For Medium sized bag cut 45 x 20cm). Iron interfacing to one of your rectangles. Your interfaced rectangle will become the 'outer'.

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Step 2

Cut a piece of ribbon cord 10cm long.

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Step 3

Lay the 'outer' rectangle and 'lining' rectangle right sides together.

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Step 4

Pin the top short edge.

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Step 5

Sew and press seams open.

Step 6

Repeat with other end, except add the loop of ribbon into the centre before you sew. You will now have both fabric pieces joined in a loop.

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Step 7

Next keeping your pieces right sides together. The 'outer' fabric should be touching 'outer' fabric and 'lining' fabric should be touching 'lining' fabric with the seam in the middle. Pin together.

Step 8

Mark a 6cm gap in the long side of the 'lining' fabric.

Step 9

Sew down the 2 long open edges, leaving your marked gap. Press seams open.

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Step 10

With your bag still inside out, fold one of the corners on itself to make a triangle with the side seam running down the centre. Pin flat. Use a ruler to find a 4cm - 6cm length across (you decide how deep you want your bag) - keeping it square. Mark with a pencil or another pin.

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Step 11

Sew across this line. Then repeat on the other 3 corners.

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Step 12

Trim off the excess on each corner.

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Step 13