Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mass Producing Gift Bags

 I volunteered to make 50 bags for our Bible School this year.  So I needed to come up with an "assembly line" way to make them.  Here is the result.
Lots of shots here as I tried to use more visual than words, just jots.

20 X 12 in pieces

Width number moves my needle to the left.

To reinforce handles, do a couple of back stitches in center of handle.

You get 6 bags from one yard of 56 inch wide fabric with six 2.5 inch strips left over.
 Looking closer at details:
Notice the back stitch in the center of the handles.

Amazing how some bags turned out to be symmetrical and I didn't even try.

These little bags will hold treasures from VBS.
Children will be provided markers, etc. to personalize their bags.

Fabric which was curtain/upholstery fabric was acquired at Restore for very little money.
I intended to back quilts for orphans with this fabric, but thought this was a good way to use the fabric.

Now if I was smart, I'd use this process while it's fresh in my mind to make some Christmas and birthday gift bags.

Sharing at several Linky Parties.
Thanks to the FREE programs:
possibly used for this post
GIMP for cropping & other digital effects
 Photoscape for downsizing & watermarking photo
PicMonkey creating collages used on this page

Fine Craft Guild and


  1. These are so cute! What a great assembly line idea you've given us. They look terrific, you've made them look 'smart' and functional yet easy-to-make but more importantly - the kids will use and enjoy them - a great reminder of VBS. Need to check with my church to see if they need any bags for VBS!

  2. What a lot of work. Well done. they are all lovely.

  3. 50 bags!!! No wonder you worked out a way to speed up the process, Joy. They look great!

  4. Wow!! This is great!! I'll definitely be utilizing this!! Thanks for the tips!
    I'm a new follower!!

  5. What an undertaking! I really like how you just did all the straps in a row - that's a great idea and something I'd never thought of!


  6. Great tutorial on making quick bags! I love the fabric as well!

  7. wanted to invite you to my link party where we pin all those who join to our party board

  8. This is such an awesome Tutorial :)
    It is a definite favourite of mine and will be featured tomorrow on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party!
    Thanks so much for linking up week for week, I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week.
    Marigolds' Loft
    P.S: Would you be interested in writing a Guest Post for a Tutorial Thursday party, I would love to have you over, your tutorials are super!

  9. This is pretty. I like the fabric, and your tutorial is fantastic.


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