Day 1: Drawstring gift bags

Welcome to the first day of 25 Days of Crafts! We are so excited to bring you a new holiday craft every day during this Christmas season. For day one, we bring you a craft that will help distinguish your crafts from the others under the Christmas tree.

Each December I love picking out my Christmas wrapping paper. I’m a little weird about it, but I like to pick a color coordinated theme. However I do remember when wrapping paper took a back seat when paper gift bags became all the rage. Don’t get me wrong, I do love paper gift bags for those times that you don’t have a box or the time to spend wrapping. Plus they were the perfect solution for the wrapping-paper challenged. :)

So if you have a little time on your hands and want to spice up your wrapping this year, try this DIY and make your gift special.


  • Fabric (13.5″ wide x 21″ long)
  • Matching thread
  • .5″ wide ribbon (1 yard long)
  • Safety pin
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

drawstring bags materials


These instructions will make one 10″ x 12″ bag. Cut out your fabric into a rectangle 13.5″ wide by 21″ long.


With the wrong side facing up, fold one of the long sides over 1.25″ to make a crease. Pin your fold down with straight pins.


Sew along .25″ away from the cut edge of the fabric. This will create the channel that your ribbon will go through.


With the wrong side facing in, fold the fabric in half and pin together along the bottom and side. Sew a .25″ seam along the bottom edge, continuing around to the side edge. Make sure you stop sewing when you get to the folded portion.


Turn the bag inside out. Attach a large safety pin (I used a diaper pin) on one end of your ribbon. Feed it through the top edge and pull out the other side.


Thread ribbon

Tie a knot

You can either leave the ribbons untied, or tie them together in a knot. Now your ready to fill it with goodies!