This instructable is suited to anyone who knows how to use a sewing machine.
Step 1: Tools and Materials
- Sewing Machine
- Self-Healing Cutting Board & Rotary Blade or Fabric Scissors
- Large paper or sturdy fabric to make the pattern
- Fabric. Use the pattern measurements to determine the amount you need. I recommend cotton or cotton-blend fabric used for quilting since it is easy to sew and usually cheap. This pattern works just fine with fancy fabric, fleece, or old t-shirts.
- Coordinating fabric ribbons
- Coordinating thread
Step 2: Create Your Patterns
Mark one of the Width edges as the fold edge for placement on your fabric.
Cut out the pattern.
My Pattern Measurements
Small Pattern: Fits DVDs, smallish box sets, CDs, mass market paperbacks.
Height: 13.25 inches
Width: 9 inches (mark as fold edge)
Medium Pattern: Fits standard softcover books and hardcover books
Height: 15.75 inches
Width: 10 inches (mark as fold edge)
Large Pattern: Fits larger books up to 11.25 inches tall or standard size RPG books.
Height: 18.5 inches
Width: 12.5 inches (mark as fold edge)
I determined these patterns by measuring the gifts I wanted to give and then adding extra fabric to allow the bag to be sewn and tied. You can create your own patterns based on my model if you like. I recommend over-, rather than under-, estimating the size of bag you need. Also, this pattern will not work as well if the final bag width is greater than the height.
The Height of the pattern includes one and a half the height of the gift, one inch for the bottom seam, and a half inch for the top seam.
H = gift height + half gift height + top seam allowance + bottom seam allowance
The Width of the pattern includes the width and depth of the gift, one inch for seam allowance, and an inch "wiggle room". The pattern's width will be doubled when cutting out the fabric by cutting it on the fold.
W = gift width + gift depth + seam allowance + wiggle room
Step 3: Measure & Cut Fabric
Cut out the bag.
Step 4: Sew Bag Edges
Sew these sides up with a half-inch seam and in one pass. Be sure to back stitch at the ends of your sewing. The open end will be the top of your bag.
Step 5: Trim Waste Fabric
Trim off the bottom corners so the bag will have sharp points. Be careful not to cut into your sewing.
Step 6: Hem the Top
Fold the top edge down a quarter inch and then another quarter inch and pin. This will give you a smooth top edge since we are not lining the bags.
Sew along the bottom edge of your fold. Keep the line as straight as possible since the thread will be visible from the outside of the bag.
Step 7: Turn Right-side Out
Now you can place your gift inside and tie it off with a fabric ribbon. The bags are just long enough to leave a little over hang above the top of the item once tied off. For attaching gift tags, I prefer to make tags out of old cards and staple them to the top of the bag.