These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.
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
A few weeks ago a friend of mine who is a teacher contacted me to ask me if I would consider sewing teacher aprons. I had no idea but these are much needed during the pandemic. Teachers have a lot of extra things to carry and manage throughout the day such as hand sanitizer, which they need to squirt on the elementary school kids’ hands, masks and all the other usual things like white board pens, phone, keys and so on.
Teachers are wanting aprons to help manage all these things, stay organized and keep their hands free. Maybe you know a teacher who would like one for Christmas.
My friend wanted her aprons made from this free tutorial on the Crafty Staci blog and so that is what I used. These also make fantastic vendor aprons for when we can do craft shows again.
I created a YouTube video tutorial on how to sew these as it can be a bit tricky following along on a blog post sometimes. I made the Library Books themed one below on the video. The pattern and written instructions are on the Crafty Staci blog.
I have a teacher aprons section in my Etsy shop where you can find these aprons available to purchase. I received some teacher themed fabrics I ordered on Spoonflower with math, science and general teaching motifs so more aprons will be coming soon.