Burlap Christmas gift bags

I love burlap!
It's a cheap fabric that is so easy to use, 
plus it gives a fun rustic elegance to anything you make with it.

I love using gift bags to wrap presents in, but I wanted to take the gift bag up a notch, 
so I made these burlap Christmas gift bags for those hard to wrap items.

I had two yards of burlap and made 5 gift bags.

Burlap is one of the easier fabrics to cut if you know the tricks.
First, measure how big you want your bag
{I made mine 15" wide by 18" tall}

Once you find where you want to cut down, simply pull that thread slowly and as carefully as you can.

That thread will pull out leaving you a cut line that you can use to make a straight cut through your fabric.
Easy as that!

 I have loaned out my serger
{this would be a great project for it}
so I decided to use my zig zag stitch instead.
You don't really have to do any fancy ironing of the seams or pinning your fabric in place
just fold the top of your fabric down about a half an inch and sew it down with your zig zag stitch. 

The bags are fun plain, but what really jazzes them up are the Christmas designs.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some Christmas designs and ironed them on.
And remember those glitter jingle bells from Monday?
I tied those around to keep the sack closed.

Each bag cost me less than a dollar to make and they are sure to come in handy this holiday season.

1 comment

Barb said...

So cute! I didn't know about creating the cut line for burlap until I saw a cutter do it at JoAnn Fabrics when I was buying burlap for my outside decor.

I'd love for you to share this craft with my readers at Fabulously Frugal Thursday: http://alifeinbalance.net/fabulously-frugal-thursday-diy-homestead-projects/

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