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Festive Felt Gift Bag

 

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.


It's the gift that keeps on giving! A reusable felt gift bag is a fun way to personalize your presents this holiday season, and it can be used again and again. Fill with toys and treats for a festive surprise under the tree, or tuck a few embroidered tea towels inside for a hostess gift. It's also a fabulous centerpiece for the holiday table, or unexpected vase for faux flowers.


Project Needs & Notes

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1/3 yard craft felt or wool felt
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Two 12" x 12" pieces of medium weight stiff fusible interfacing
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Medium weight (2.5 - 3 ounce) cutaway stabilizer
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Air-erase pen for marking
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Fabric glue
- Needle and thread for some hand sewing
- Thin yarn and large tapestry needle (optional)

The design used in this tutorial is G7897, Santa Claus Square. Find even more festive designs in the Christmas category here.

 


Begin by printing the PDF of the pattern pieces. There are three parts that each print on 8 1/2" x 11" pieces of paper.
 

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Cut out the sections 1 and 2 and tape them together, as shown.

Cut out the bottom section also.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Lay sections 1 and 2 on top of the felt.

Pin in place. Using an air-erase pen, trace the shape inside and out.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

A template, or printout of a design, is an excellent tool to help with placement.

Print a template of the design from your embroidery software.
If you do not have embroidery software, Wilcom's TrueSizer is
a free program to use.

Arrange
the template on the fabric; leave at least 3/4" space between the outer edges of the design and the edges of the fabric.

Use an air-erase pen to mark the center of the template on the fabric, and the horizontal and vertical axis lines, too. These marks will help when hooping the fabric.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Hoop the fabric with a piece of cutaway stabilizer, lining up the marks on the fabric with the marks on the hoop.

Attach the hoop to the machine, and load the design.

Move the hoop so the needle is right over the center point.

Embroider the design.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

When the design has finished, lay the embroidered piece on top of another piece of felt. 

Pin in place and cut out the shape from both layers.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Next, lay the pattern piece on top of the medium weight stiff fusible interfacing. Pin in place, and trace the shape.

Remove the pattern and cut out the shape; cut into the shape by about 1/8". This makes the interfacing a bit smaller than the felt pieces.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Layer the pieces together. Lay the back felt piece flat. Align the interfacing on top. There should be about 1/8" space between the edges of the interfacing and the edges of the felt.

Then, align the embroidered piece on top of the interfacing with the right side facing up. 

P
ress the fabric using a pressing cloth to activate the fusible interfacing.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Repeat the embroidery and fabric cutting process to create the other side of the bag.

S
titch along the entire top edges and inside the handle hole with a decorative stitch. Or, for a softer look, use a large tapestry needle and thin yarn to hand stitch the top edges of the fabric pieces.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

To assemble the bag, lay the two pieces side-by-side, wrong sides facing up, with the side edges aligned.

Lay a line of fabric glue along one of the sides and press the sides together.

C
ut a 1" wide strip of felt. Add glue to the strip and press it in place over the seam.

Trim the strip at the top and bottom edges of the fabric.  Repeat this step by bringing the remaining sides together finishing the top section of the bag.

Next, with needle and thread, hand-stitch (whip-stitch) along both outer seams to close them.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

To prepare the bottom of the bag, sandwich together two pieces of felt and one piece of interfacing: felt on the bottom, interfacing on top, and then another piece of felt on top of the interfacing.

Press together. 

P
in the bottom section pattern on top. Pin in place, trace the shape, and cut out the shape.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Insert the bottom piece inside the top section at the bottom and hand stitch in place.

Free project instructions to make a festive felt gift bag.

Because this fabric gift bag is made from sturdy felt, it's the perfect gift wrap to use year after year.

Fill and gift to friends and family, or let it pull double duty as a decor item around your home.


Questions or comments? Let us know! Send an email to us; the address is stitch@emblibrary.com.

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