Secret Santa Fabric Bags

November 28th, 2011
Do you participate in a Secret Santa at your work or school?
I do when I can, mostly because I believe in the spirit of giving, the fun of anonymity that Secret Santa brings.
Karen from The Bald Dragonfly here, and I made a few little bags out of the Holly Jolly fabric line available at Riley Blake Designs.
I’m not by any means a sewing fanatic, but these bags were so easy and quick, I let the cute designs shine!
First, cut out twice the length plus one inch of what your bag size needs to be, plus one inch wider.
Fold the fabric so the wrong side of the fabric shows and simply do a straight stitch down two of the long sides.
Snip the bottom corners-this helps remove some bulk.
Next, fold down the top sides and stitch 1/8 inch from the top and 1/4 inch from the edge of the folded flap.
Snip the fabric between the two seams and turn your bag inside out.
Run ribbon, twine or jute through the bag as your tie.
Here’s a close up of one bag using the White Holly Jolly Berries fabric, jute and a black button.
And the other bag, using the Red Holly Jolly Fabric and black grosgrain ribbon.
The fun thing about this project is that I can custom make any size bag I want and fill them with all sorts of goodies.
Think of fun, inexpensive items like the Candies and Hot Cocoa Mix as shown here.
Or, offer up some hand baked holiday cookies.
Use these bags as a wrapper to hold a gift card for the hard to buy for teenager, just to make the gift just a bit more personal.
I’ve already got a stash of these made using some other holiday fabrics
designed by Jen and offered by Riley Blake Designs. Check out all the holiday fabric designs out here!

11 responses to “Secret Santa Fabric Bags”

  1. ~amy~ says:

    What adorable gift bags! They can be a fabulous keepsake for the recipient or they could upcycle them to another friend….excellent idea Karen!

  2. erin says:

    This would be yet another reason why you think I need a sewing machine….

  3. Lisa says:

    Karen these are delightful! What a cute idea and what sweet Christmas fabric. Thanks for sharing more of your amazing talent with us!

  4. Chunyuan says:

    cute gift bags. Love the idea.

  5. Barb says:

    Just love the fun fabric you used! Adorable bags, Karen! 🙂

  6. Alice W. says:

    wow! love this, Karen! so easy to make and super cute! thanks for the tutorial!

  7. lynn says:

    adorable cute, karen! tfs:)

  8. Jen W. says:

    These are adorable and so perfect for Secret Santa! I especially love the bag with the twine and button!

  9. Leeanne says:

    WOW, Karen such a cute idea. I may have to make some for my daughters gift cards she wants for Christmas. LOVE it!!

  10. Jenny M says:

    These are just perfect for secret santa gifts Karen and sound really easy to make too 🙂
    Great idea!
    Jenny x

  11. jen shears says:

    what fun! you’re right- PERFECT for Secret Santa!! 😀

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