Hopefully you’ve had time to do some Christmas shopping – I’m pleased to say I’ve now finished all of mine! Phew! The next challenge is wrapping everything ready to give out, so you’ll love my latest make. This easy gift wrap holder is perfect for keeping your rolls of wrapping paper safe and crumple free so you can find it easily when you want to wrap your presents. The handle makes it easy to transport around the house, as well as allowing you to hang it wherever you need to (mine is kept on a hook in the cupboard!)
To make your own, you will need:
- One metre of your chosen Christmas related fabric
- Matching or contrasting thread
- Tape measure
- Tailors Chalk (or pencil)
- Set Square, T Square, or Perspex Patchwork Ruler to get the perfect right angle
- Iron and ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Measure out your bag pattern onto your fabric, using your set square, tape measure and chalk. You’ll need two rectangles measuring 29cm x 88cm for the body of the bag and two rectangles measuring 12cm x 36cm for the handles
- Carefully cut our your rectangles
- For each of your handle rectangles, fold them in half lengthways (with the right side facing outwards) and press the fold. Open this back up and fold both edges into the centre fold and press (if you were to open it back out, it should look like you have three folds, splitting your rectangle into quarters lengthways). Fold the handle in half lengthways on your original fold so the raw edges are contained within the folds and press again to keep your folds in place
Assembling your bag:
- Pin your two bag body rectangles together, with the right sides facing outwards
- Using a straight stitch and a quarter inch (or 0.5cm) seam allowance, sew the bottom and side seams of your bag rectangle…don’t panic, you’re supposed to do this with the right side of the fabric facing outwards.
- Turn your bag inside out and press along the bottom and side seams to make the next step easy
- Leaving your bag turned inside out, sew the bottom and side seams, this time leaving a half inch (or 1cm) seam allowance – this is called a French seam and is really neat – it’s one of my favourites.
- Turn your bag so the right side of the fabric is facing outwards again and press again
- Put your bag to one side as we’ll need to sew the handles next
- Using a quarter inch (or 0.5cm) seam allowance, sew a straight line of stitches on both long edges of each handle – this will keep the folds in place and give you a professional finish – I would recommend sewing the side with two folds first, and the side with one fold second.
- Press under 3cm and then another 3cm around the top of the bag
- Slip the ends of the handles into the fold and position your handles and pin in place – you’ll find your handle is 6cm shorter at each end where it follows where you have turned the top of your bag under
- Using a quarter inch (or 0.5cm) seam allowance, sew a straight line of stitches around the top and bottom of the bag top (this will secure your handles and hold the folded under section in place – again, this gives a really professional finish
If you think you’ll enjoy making this, why not also check out my Christmas Tote Bag tutorial? Essentially they are the same method, with different dimensions, so why not make them both together?
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