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Gorgeous Gift Bags - Zero Waste.

Leading up to Christmas I am planning a series of blog posts, that included patterns and tutorials to use up your scraps of fabric, from previous projects. Kicking off with this super simple tutorial for gift bags.

.In the time it takes to queue and pay for wrapping paper you can whip up these gift bags, that the recipient of your gift can use again and again. And save that fabric from landfill.

You could be extra clever and make your gift bag the same size as a pair of shoes, after your loved one has opened their gift the bag is very useful for packing muddy shoes into a suitcase.

Free tutorial -Beginners sewing project _ learn to sew and make a Gift bags using up fabric from previous projects

Materials and Equipment Enough fabric to make the bag big enough to home your gift. 40cm (approx) of cotton tape or ribbon

Matching thread or contrast thread, pins, tape measure, chalk and scissors.

Tips for beginners

Seam allowance 1 cm this is the distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitch line. You will find a series of parallel lines engraved on the needle plate of your sewing machine pick the one marked with the measurement you need and keep the edge of the fabric to this guide

RS = right side of fabric WS = wrong side of fabric.

1. Measure around your gift and add 1cm seam allowance on 3 edges, on the 4th edge, which will make the opening of the bag add 7cm. Cut 1 pair from your scrap fabric.

2. With the RS of one piece of fabric facing you measure down 7cm from the opening of the gift bag, and pin the ribbon or tape onto the side as shown.

3. Lay the remaining piece of fabric WS facing you, onto the first piece of fabric, sandwiching the ribbon or tape in the together.

4. Machine down 2 long seams and the short seam that will form the end of the gift bag.

5. Turn the raw edge under for 1cm, press, turn again for 1cm. Machine stitch into place.

6. Turn you gift bag inside out . Press. Fill with the gift.

Enjoy the compliments :-)

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