How To Make Reusable Fabric Drawstring Gift Bags

These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.

Reusable fabric gift bags made by Daydreams of Quilts using Polar Magic by Figo Fabrics.

I first learned how to make these bags on Jeni Baker’s Blog. I developed my own way of making them though because I needed a simpler faster way to make them.

Over the weekend I created a tutorial video to show you how I make these bags. You may wonder why I would share how I make one of my best sellers in my shop but the way I see it is; the more people using reusable gift wrap, the better. Plus, I cannot supply everyone and there’s room for all of us in the market.

These bags are an environmentally friendly gift wrap option that uses fabric efficiently and can be reused again and again. You can make larger sizes but this size is the most efficient use of fabric.

You can cut 2 main bag fabrics from one fat quarter and you can cut accent bands for four bags from a second fat quarter. You will need a third fat quarter from the lining or a 12.5″ x width of fabric piece will make linings for two bags. (Cut carefully, there is very little waste.)

For one bag cut the following:

  • cut two 9.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide main bag pieces
  • cut two 4.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide accent band pieces
  • cut two 12.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide lining pieces
  • cut a 1.5″ square out of each bottom corner
  • also cut two 32″ long pieces of grosgrain ribbon

Happy sewing and gift wrapping! πŸ™‚

Easy DIY Pennant Flag String

Here is a fun free video tutorial for how to make an easy Pennant Flag String for reusable eco-friendly birthday party or holiday decor. I made a YouTube video to show you how to make it and you can have this project finished in under an hour.

An easy DIY Pennant Flag String tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts.

For this project you will need one yard of fabric for the flags (or four 8 1/2″ strips) and a half yard of fabric for the string. I used a Creative Grids equilateral triangle ruler. You can find one like it at Troll Brothers Quilt Designs here.

Watch my 10 minute tutorial video on YouTube.

Happy sewing!

A Rainbow Bunting Flag String in the prairie winds and my dog. πŸ™‚

Canada Day Bench Pillow

I made this Canada Day Bench Pillow to celebrate Canada Day this year because Canada Day events are cancelled and it’s safer to stay home to celebrate.

O Canada Bench Pillow made by Daydreams of Quilts using a Kimberbell pattern.

I made the pillow using a Kimberbell pattern. This pattern came out a few years ago but Studio 39 Fabrics has some available here.

The pattern uses a variety of techniques so I created a sew along video series on my YouTube channel.

Free Video Series on YouTube

There are several techniques used to create this pillow so I created a sew along video series of five videos. I have gathered them all together for you in this playlist.

3D pinwheels are a fun playful element. I added snaps to mine so they can be removed for washing.

I varied from the pattern for the back of my pillow by creating a zipper back closure.

Zipper back closure for the pillow back. I show how to do this in video five.

I hope you get a chance to make this pillow if you celebrate Canada Day! Stay home and stay safe this year! πŸ™‚

O Canada bench pillow made by Daydreams of Quilts. Pattern by Kimberbell.