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Don't be hesitant to make something without a pattern!
Gift bags are easy to do if you follow the design of any bag you already have at home. I got this idea for a tall narrow gift bag from a brown paper lunch bag I had at home. Use fabric remnants, a recycled button and some elastic cord to make it thrifty!

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  • How to make a gift bag. Tall Gift Bag - Step 1
    Step 1

    I carefully cut open a brown paper bag, ensuring it was still left in one piece. This will be my pattern. I cut out my two fabrics - one for the inner gift bag lining and one for the outer gift bag, leaving an extra 5/8" all around for seam allowances.

  • How to make a gift bag. Tall Gift Bag - Step 2
    Step 2

    I sewed up the side seams first and then pinched and pinned together the bottom/side seams and sewed them too. I used a straight stitch 5/8" from my edge and also zig zagged the seam just for reinforcement. I did this with both the inner lining fabric and the outer gift bag fabric.

  • How to make a gift bag. Tall Gift Bag - Step 3
    Step 3

    I ended up with two bags – the inner gift bag lining and the outer gift bag.

  • How to make a gift bag. Tall Gift Bag - Step 4
    Step 4

    I sewed the tops of the two bags together, leaving a gap in my sewing to turn the bag. Sew the right sides together! Then I pulled the bag through the gap.

  • How to make a gift bag. Tall Gift Bag - Step 5
    Step 5

    After the bag was turned I sewed up the gap by running a straight stitch 1/4" along the top edge. You could use a decorative stitch here too, or contrasting thread!

  • How to make a gift bag. Tall Gift Bag - Step 6
    Step 6

    At the last moment, I decided to put on a button closure. I sewed on some elastic cord by hand to make a loop – which I could have also sewn in by machine when I sewed the gap shut. If I would have done it then, I would have pinned the loop in the gap, between the two layers, before I did the straight running stitch around the top edge.

  • How to make a gift bag. Tall Gift Bag - Step 7
    Step 7

    I then hand sewed a shiny silver button across from the loop. Finished!

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