Try This: Reusable Gift Bag

Cut back on holiday waste with this easy-to-make reusable gift sack.

| November/December 2010

faux trim gift bag

To attach a faux fur trim to your bag, complete bag, then measure the open, hemmed edge. Add 2 inches to length and measure and cut fur. Use fusible tape (follow manufacturer’s instructions) to affix fur one side at a time. To improve adhesion, press through fabric side, not fur side. Overlap ends of fur and trim excess. Press into place.

Photo By Thomas Gibson

Avoid the hefty pile of trash that follows holiday gift-giving with simple, easy-to-make gift sacks made from secondhand and organic cotton fabric.

Supplies for 1 bag 

1 yard 44-inch-width fabric
1 spool matching thread
Optional Trims
2 1/2 yards blanket binding
1/4 yard faux fur or other trim fabric (optional)
1 small packet iron-on seam tape (about 10 yards)

Sewing Supplies 

Needle and thread or sewing machine
Fabric pins
Pinking shears

To make bag: 

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