A while back, a family member was complaining about the waste of Christmas wrapping paper. It got me thinking of alternatives to the paper wrapped gift boxes we often use for the holidays. So I decided I would make something sustainable that could be used again and again. After a little brainstorming, I thought up these fabric gift pouches. They can be used over and over again. You can make them in any size and they don't take up much space. Hope you'll make a few to use year after year. Enjoy.
Fabric - two 8 1/2" squares for outside print, two 8 1/2" squares for lining
Two 8 1/2" squares of batting
Velcro strip - about 4 -5 inches in length
Pin ribbon to the fabric square like the picture above. Machine sew down the sides of the ribbon to adhere it to the fabric. This will be the top of your gift pouch.
Place the print fabric up. Place the lining fabric on top so right sides are together. Last, place a batting square on top. Pin together and sew all three pieces together on one side of the square with a 1/4" seam. Make two of these.
After sewing the fabric, open it up so the print is on one side and the lining and batting is on the other side (refer to picture). Press open seams. Do this to the other one as well.
Place both sewn pieces right sides together. Sew a 1/2" seam around the edge (refer to red line). Make sure to leave an opening to turn right side out.
Turn right side out. It should now look like the picture above. Sew the small gap closed (refer to red line).
Tuck the lining into the printed fabric to form a lined bag. Your pouch should now look like this.
Pin velcro strips to the inside of the pouch. Refer to picture. Sew velcro onto the pouch.
Tie a bow with ribbon and sew it to the top of your gift pouch. Done.
* You can place gifts directly into the pouch or use a box first for fragile items such as jewelry.