At Christmas time last year, I had embroidered pillow cases for two friends who live out of state. I wanted to enclose the cases in something that could be mailed in a padded envelope and that might be useful after the gift was opened. I designed a flat bag with a deep pocket to hold the gift and the bag could be used to store many items throughout the year.
In this case I used some pretty Amish fabric for the outside of the bag and assorted scraps for the pocket and lining.
For Easter, I made dishtowels with an appliquéd bunny. Once again, I turned to the flat bag design for a nice gift bag, using orphan blocks for the outside of the bags.
This is an easy bag to put together, can be done in a short amount of time and makes good use of scraps, embroidered pieces or orphan blocks.
Here is how I made the bags (my example finished at 7-½ x 7-½ inches. It’s easy to change the dimensions to fit whatever item is going into the bag – flat items like books, Cds, DVDs, towels, pillow cases, etc., work best.
You will need:
A piece of focus fabric, quilt block or embroidered piece the size of the gift plus an additional 1-½ inches to width and length. (Example: gift is 7 inches square. Front piece = 8-½ inches square.
A piece of fabric for the back of the bag that is the same size as the front plus ½ inch lengthwise. (Example: Cut back fabric 8-½ inches wide by 9 inches long.)
Sew the front panel to the back with ¼ inch seam, joining at the top of the front panel.
Press the seam toward the front panel.
Cut a piece of fabric for the lining that is the exact size of the joined front/back panels. (Example: 8-½ inches wide x 17 inches long.)
Place lining and front/back panels right sides together, pinning from just below center seam on front/back panel, along side, across bottom of front/back panel and down other side to just below center seam, back-stitching on each side.
Cut ½ inch from edge just below sewing at center seam on both sides and trim corners of sewn portion.
Cut pocket fabric the width of fabric and the length doubled. (Example: 8-½ inches wide x 17 inches long).
Fold pocket fabric in half lengthwise and press. Line up fold of pocket with clipped sides and raw edges on the lower part of the front/back panels. Pin in place or baste.
Beginning at the folded edge, sew ½ inch seams down the side, across the bottom and up the other side, back stitching on each side. Trim corners and trim the clipped pocket portion on a diagonal.
Turn pocket portion and press. Top stitch 1/8 inch from edge around piece …
…and fold in half to form flat pocket bag.
6 thoughts on “Flat Pocket Gift Bag – Tutorial”
What a great idea! Two gifts in one, really. I am saving this as a .pdf on print friendly so I can print it out and use the step-by-step you did so well. Thank you!
This is such a sweet project! =)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Those are the fanciest dish towels ever! 🙂 The mint green block is so lovely and Easter-looking. Maybe I should start out sewing these………I just got my very first sewing machine and am determined to learn to sew………Maybe it wouldn’t be too difficult and I have plenty of my Nana’s orphan blocks.
These are such personal gift bags – a gift in a gift! Even though your step by step is very helpful it does seem a lot of work to a starter like me!
So cute! This is one of those projects you can use over & over.
Those dish towels are incredible, I love them! And the bags are truly a gift in themselves. You have some very lucky people in your life.