Easiest ever fabric gift bag tutorial - an upcycle

Last week I upcycled an old nightie into a fabric origami gift bag. This used up the majority of the fabric in the nightie, but there was still a little left over - plus a pair of small PJ shorts to be upcycled too. 
So I was looking for something to make with the smaller scraps - and decided to make some little gift bags. Some small ones, some even smaller ones and some teeny weeny ones.  This was also an opportunity to try and use something else I'd saved a pile of with the idea I might upcycle them one day...
Yes, bread tags!
They can't be recycled, so I was looking for something constructive to do with them rather than just throw them away!
A little nail varnish jazzes them up a bit!

You could make these bags any size you want - for giving small gifts like earrings, or treats like sweeties. They would be perfect to use as Birthday Party bags  - made with fabric scraps to just the size you want.

Here's how to make the easiest ever fabric gift bag:

1. Cut a rectangle of fabric.

2. Fold in half - wrong sides together and stitch down the sides. Trim the seams.

3.Turn inside out and stitch down the sides again. This is a French Seam and means your raw edges are now hidden and won't fray or look messy.

4. Turn right sides out and trim the top with Pinking Shears to stop the fabric fraying.

5. Seal your bag using a bread tag!

And there you have one teeny tiny gift bag - perfect for a small gift or treat!

Make lots for all your friends!

Make them different sizes!

And from different fabric!  How about a Halloween treat bag?

So there is a way to use up some fabric scraps and bread tags - things that might otherwise get thrown away, use what you've got!

These bags would be a great way to make a whole batch of bags for a party or treat bags for a special occasion. The supplies you need are easy to come by - and can cost nothing!

For the free downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

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  1. Great idea for using bread tags! I've got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that features your tutorial: http://sewing.craftgossip.com/?p=89846 --Anne

  2. I love the sparkled nail polished bread tags - that really does look adorable. Another great upcycle by Jill!

  3. They are just cute. :D Clever idea to save bread tags too. I used to laugh for my grandma when she had those in a kitchen drawer and now I'm about to do the same...

    1. Ha! Our grandmas always did things or a reason didn't they! They knew how to upcycle and use what they'd got! It's such a shame most people have forgotten!

  4. Another lovely idea, I have just checked our bread and they don't have those tags, I'm sure other things do and I've never thought to save them. You really do find a use for everything and such a clever idea to mail polish the tags too.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

    1. Thanks Fiona!

      What do your bread bags have tying them? I remember we had those tags when I grew up in the UK, but that was a good few years ago now!

  5. This is so clever! I instantly thought they'd be perfect for Halloween and then you suggested it! Now, if only I could see... #Trash2Treasure

  6. These are sweet ideas, perfect for trick or treating :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays ..

  7. Thanks Jessica. Will pop over and share it on your Facebook page - thanks for the invite.


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