I chose organza as to me it's very ethereal and magical. However it's iridescence causes one problem, you can see the seam allowance. So for this gift bag we will use French seams which look much neater than a visible rough seam. Another advantage of organza is that it is very easy to store your left over bits for projects just like this. Check out our guide on how to organize your fabrics.
You will need:
Cut out a rectangle of organza. Make the rectangle about 50% larger than your gift.
With WRONG sides together pin the rectangle together along the long and one short edge. Normally we sew right sides together but with a French seam we start with wrong sides together. Sew with a 1cm seam allowance on the long and one short edge.
Press the seam allowance to one side.
Turn the bag inside out and again press the seams so they are neat and straight.
Sew along the seam allowance. Now if we turn the bag right side out we can see the seams are now totally enclosed. This is not only more attractive than rough seams being visible, it also makes the bag much more durable.
All that remains is making the casing for the ribbon. To begin with hem the top of the bag (folding the rough edge in on itself, pressing and folding again).
Now fold the top of the bag down so the bag is at the right height.
Now mark where you want the ribbon casing to be.
The unfold the top and place a small button whole on each side of the bag, where the seam casing will be.
Fold the bag's top inwards so the bag is the desired hight again. Now just run two parallel lines on either side of the button hole stitch.
And behold you now have a stylish and possibly magical organza gift bag. A perfect way to add sparkle to any occasion. And a great use for left over fabrics.
From all at Fabric8, Merry Christmas, and a crafty new year to you all.