Here is a really simple fabric gift bag you can make in around 5 min, as long as you have some basic sewing skills!

I wanted my finished bag to be around 7″ wide x 8″ tall, so I cut a piece of fabric (I used hemp/cotton muslin) 15″ x 8″.  I cut a piece of hemp string about 25″ long, folded it in half, and stitched it to 1 side of the fabric, 2″ down from the top.

The top of my bag is the selvage of the fabric, so I didn’t need to finish it. but if yours isn’t, you will have to serge or zig zag or cut the top with pinking sheers.  Fold the fabric so that the string is inside.  Serge or stitch the sides and top.

Turn the bag right side out and it is done!  If you like you can embellish the bag by hand painting or stenciling a design onto it.  Make sure you use fabric paint (place cardboard inside when you are painting) and that you heat set it with an iron.  I have made these felt flower pins (next post, haha) which I thought looked pretty cute on the bags and my friends can also wear them after they open their gifts!