Easy DIY gift bags with boxed corners. No drawstring casing necessary! Tutorial on www.cucicucicoo.com

Easy DIY Gift Bags with boxed corners

Easy DIY gift bags with boxed corners. No drawstring casing necessary! Tutorial on www.cucicucicoo.com

Remember when I said that we would use our practice pieces from the boxed corners lesson earlier this week for something useful for Christmas? I guess it wasn’t particularly difficult to figure out what I was getting at: DIY gift bags!

I have come to really hate disposable gift wrapping, so I am trying to bring a bit of eco-friendliness to my friends’ and family’s gift giving. Last December I wrote a series of tutorials on ecological gift-wrapping, describing ways to create re-usable packaging and/or upcycling materials for wrapping up goodies. So this tutorial goes right along with that series, as well as the Learn to Machine Sew series, being the practical tutorial for the boxed corners lesson.

Anyway, these gift bags are really fast to sew up and can be personalized in tons of ways. These sacks are tied up with a ribbon, but don’t feature a drawstring casing, so their construction is quite simple. And if you use a non-fraying fabric, you have even more decorative and/or time-saving options! So, let’s get to work! Read more

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