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One Yard Gift Bags

set of 4 bags - from 1 yd of fabric

♥ small, medium, large and wine ♥

1 yard gift bags sewing pattern
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One Yard Gift Bags

Designer: Christina Sherrod

Very economical, these bags were designed to be made from only 1 yard of fabric. Learn straight stitching, hem, and mitered corners. I will teach you a trick for making perfect miters the easy way.  

Add your own trimming to create your own look. Gift bags make wonderful gifts themselves, or use them to present your gifts in. I have made several and they have been passed through the family numerous times as they are used to "wrap" gifts.

These bags are made with a casing to hold the ribbon that will tie the bag closed. Small slits provide the openings for the ribbon. If you prefer an easier pattern (no casing), check out myeasy giftbag pattern.

Also see:
More Gift Bag Sewing Patterns
Gift Bag Craft Patterns
Gift Tag Projects
Card Crafts

Gift Bag Sizes

Approximate sizes (width x height x depth): small: 9" x 5" x 2"; medium: 9" x 9" x 3"; large: 9" x 11" x 4"; wine: 5" x 10.5" x 1".

Supplies - makes all four bags


Project Supplies

Fabric: to make all 4 bags, you will need 1 yard of 45" multi-directional fabric (if your fabric is less than 45" width, make the small bag slightly narrower; for example, if your width is 43", make the small bag only 9" wide - or distribute the difference between the 3 larger bags - do not adjust the wine bag). Multidirectional fabric is important because the fabric is folded to create a front and back. You would not want Christmas trees that are right side up on the front of the bag and upside down on the back of the bag.

Thread (to match fabric background)

Ribbon or lace, etc. for trim; Ribbon for use as ties (I used 1 yard per bag of 5/16" ribbon)

Fusible Interfacing

Sewing Supplies

sewing scissors
quilting pins
large sewing ruler
fabric marking pencils
seam ripper
rotary cutter and mat (optional but nice)


All seams are 1/4"

These directions are for multi-directional fabric - each bag is made from one piece of fabric (folded across to create a front and back). Diagrams are not to scale, but pieces do fit as shown.

1. Cut Fabric

layout for one yard gift bags Cut paper pattern pieces in the sizes listed below. Optional: if you prefer, cut the pieces directly from fabric (omitting the patterns),

Medium Bag: Cut 1 piece 12.5" x 32".
Large Bag: Cut 1 piece 14" x 36"
Small Bag: Cut 1 piece 12" x 23"
Wine Bag: Cut 1 piece 6.5" x 34"

cut fabric for gift bags Lay out the pattern pieces as show above and cut fabric (or directly cut the fabric in the sizes shown). I cut my fabric without pattern pieces, using my large sewing ruler and rotary cutter.

2. Mark Slits For Ribbon

cut holes for ribbon in gift bag Place the large bag fabric piece wrong side up. Use a fabric marker or pin to mark 5 1/2" from upper edge, at the center of the front of the bag. Cut a small square of fusible interfacing and use an iron to press onto the bag. Draw two small slits on the interfacing. The slits should be just below the 5.1/2" mark. I used 5/16" width ribbon and drew my slits about 1/4" long. The small square on the bottom edge of the center of the ruler (following photo) is my interfacing, with slits drawn.

3. Cut Slits For Ribbon

Using sharp, precision cut scissors (such as thread snippers), cut a the two slits.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the other three bags.

4. Stitch The Side Seams

sew seams Fold each bag right sides together. Sew 1/4" sideseams.

5. Draw Lines For Mitered Corners

mark miter lines for gift bag Using a quilter's square, draw squares of the following sizes, in the two lower corners of the bag (the bag is still inside out). Do not include the seam allowance in your measurement; in other words, start the measurement at the seam line stitching.

large bag: 2" square
medium bag: 1.5" square
small bag: 1" square
wine bag: 1/2" square

Draw another square 1/4" inside the first square.

6. Cut Lines For Mitered Corners

cut miter lines for gift bag Cut out the inside square. The outer square's lines will become your stitch line.

7. Stitch Miter Seams

line up square miter Pull apart the fabric layers and line up the seams so one is on top of the other. Line up the top cut edges.

stitch miter seam Pin the layers together. Stitch the miter seam. The stitch line is enhanced in red in the following image. This creates the mitered corner. Repeat for the opposite side, so that you have a mitered corner on each side of the bag. Repeat for the other bags.

NOTE: the following photos are from my wheelchair cushion cover pattern. The fabric is different; the method is the same.

finished miter corner Finished mitered corner on gift bag.

8. Stitch Hem

fold hem for gift bag Press upper edge of bag under 1/4". Fold down the upper edge to create a hem that just covers the cuts for the ribbon. The cuts are enhanced in the following photo.

press hem for gift bag The hem should be approximately 3". This allows a 2" ruffle and a 1" casing. It does not have to be exact.

Press hem with iron and pin into place. Stitch the hem into place, close to the edge. I run my stitch line approximately 1/8" from the edge of the hem.

9. Create Casing

Run a second line of stitching 1" up from the first line of stitching, all the way around the bag. You will now have a line of stitching just below the ribbon holes, and just above the ribbon holes. This creates the casing for the ribbon.

Turn the bag right side out. Attach a safety pin to one end of a 1 yard piece of ribbon. Use the safety pin to pull the ribbon through the casing. Go in one hole and come out the other. Tie off the ends of the ribbon so they do not fray.

run ribbon through casing For one bag, I cut a second set of slits just under the casing. I ran a narrow ribbon through the second pair of slits and tied a permanent bow (tied through the slits only - not run through the casing).

double ribbon    wine bag and medium bag

These bags are quick and easy and very economical to make. I buy my ribbon at the dollar store, and a roll is enough for 6 bags. Use special occasion, holiday, elegant or casual fabric for different looks. Stencil, paint or applique bags. Attach beads to the ribbon. Use your own sense of creativity to create bags that are uniquely your own.

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