I wanted to make up a small gift bag to hold Easter candy for the grandchildren and I’m always looking for ways to use up fabric scraps. This little bag fit the bill in both cases and ties securely to keep all the treats from falling out.
This is how I made the bag:
I used 1/4 inch seams throughout.
For the bottom of the bag A:
- Cut two pieces of fabric 6 inches wide x 6-1/2 inches long. I chose to use a cute vintage bunny print. Notice the direction of the print before cutting so that you have the look you want on the front and back of the bag.
- Draw a 3/4 inch square at the two corners at the bottom of bag A. This measurement will make the bag 2 inches deep.
- Cut out the squares
- Place the front and back of bag A right sides together and stitch along the sides and across the bottom.
- Spread the side of the bag and bring raw edges together at the corner, matching seams
- Stitch 1/4 inch straight across for corner
- Repeat with other corner. Turn and press.
For top of bag – B
- Cut 2 pieces of contrasting fabric 6 inches wide x 6-1/2 inches long. I wanted to use some blue and white scraps for this portion of the bag and cut 6 strips of white and 6 strips of blue, 1-1/2 x 6 inches. Sew 6 strips, alternating colors, to form two 6×6-1/2 pieces for the top of the bag.
- Join front and back of B together and stitch down sides.
- At the top of B, turn down 1/4 inch and then another 1/4 inch and stitch for the hem.
Joining top and bottom – A and B
- Place the top of the bag over the bottom, matching raw edges at the top and side seams. Stitch to join these pieces.
- Turn top A inside of bottom B and press. Measure down 1/2 inch from seam and pin on an 11-1/2 piece of trim which has been joined with a 1/4 inch seam.
- Stitch through the center of the trim, catching all 3 layers of trim, bottom and top of bag.
- Press and assemble bag so that top portion comes out of bottom of bag.
- Fill with Easter treats and tie with a pretty ribbon.
Bag measures about 5 x 8-1/2 inches x 2 inches deep – just the right size for a stash of jellybeans.
I also made a larger version, using a 6-1/2 inch unfinished quilt block and added borders to make the piece 8-1/2 inches wide x 9-1/2 inches long for the front bottom of the bag. I added 3 pieces of fabric the same size for the top and back bottom pieces. I cut 1-1/2 inch squares for the corners. On this one, I sewed a piece of lace with eyelets near the top and threaded the ribbon through the eyelets. You can adjust the fabric size to suit your purposes. The blocks cut out for the corners gives the depth for the bag. This bag measures 8 inches wide x 14 inches long x 3 inches deep.