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Make a simple gift of a bag of coffee extra special with a little hand-stitched bag!
A simple gift of a bag of coffee can be made extra special with a little hand-stitched bag. It upgrades an $8 bag of coffee, and says, I care about you enough to spend a little time on this. And honestly, it doesn't take very long. I sewed the entire bag by hand (no sewing machine!), and still was up for making more.

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  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Coffee Gift Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut your fabric so that it will fit the a bag of coffee when folded and sewn into a bag. My piece was 8x24" and came out a bit looser than it needs to be, but still a nice fit.

    Cut the piece in two, about 6" in from one end. This is where you'll place an inset.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Coffee Gift Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    Embroider a design onto the plain fabric. Coffee designs make sense, but anything your recipient would like would be appropriate. (In hindsight, I would have stitched this right in the middle, but oh well.)

    This is the inset.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Coffee Gift Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    Pink the top and bottom edges of the inset, and lay out the bag as you see here.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Coffee Gift Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    Pin the embroidered piece into place. Using a doubled length of thread, sew the inset to the patterned fabric along the top and bottom. A running stitch will work well.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Coffee Gift Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    Double fold and press the top edges of the fabric. Pin and sew. This will be the top hem.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Coffee Gift Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    Turn the bag right sides together, pin, and sew down the sides with a running stitch.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. Coffee Gift Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    Turn the bag right side out, insert a bag of coffee, tie with a pretty bow, and share the gift of coffee!

    This was made for coffee, but of course, you could sew up a bag like this for lots of things. And if your sewing machine is kind to you (mine usually isn't!), imagine how quickly you could whip these up for gifts!

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