Learn to Sew Gift Pouch


Every year, almost 4 million tons of trash wrapping paper and shopping bags create 4 million tons of trash, according to Earth911.com. Just as you can use reusable shopping bags to reduce waste, you can also sew your own gift pouch. Beyond being environmentally-friendly, sewn gift pouch stand out from the crowd. Cotton solids and prints work well for PVC gift pouch, but you can also experiment with other types of fabrics. Look for a ribbon that compliments the fabric.


1 Mark off a rectangle, 18 inches by 15 inches. Cut out the rectangle.

2 Fold one 15-inch edge down three inches and pin. Sew close to the fabric edge and remove the pins.

3 Fold the ribbon in half and pin it on the right side of the fabric so that it runs parallel to the line of stitching you made in Step 2. The fold of the ribbon should be along the raw edge of the fabric.

4 Fold the canvas bag in half lengthwise with the right sides facing together and pin. Keep the ribbon sandwiched between the right sides of the fabric. In Step 5, you will sew over the ribbon to secure it in place.

5 Sew a plain half-inch seam from the top of the folded edge down and across the bottom. A plain seam is stitching that joins two pieces of fabric. The half-inch refers to the seam allowance, which is the space between the stitching and the raw edge of the two pieces of fabric. Remove the pins once you have finished the seam.

6 Adjust the bag so that the side seam and the bottom seam are on top of one another and form a point. Sew a straight line about an inch away from the tip of the point. This will square off the bottom of the bag.

7 Turn the bag so that the right side of the fabric is outside, add a gift and tie the beautiful rayon tassel in a bow to close the bag.


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