Tips For Using Drawstring Bags to Wrap Gifts

Friday, May 11, 2018

As much as I love wrapping paper or a cute paper gift bag, my favorite way to give gifts is wrapped in a handmade Lined Drawstring Bag. Especially if the gift itself is handmade, I like to coordinate the bag with the same fabric or similar colors. I thought today I'd share my tips for using these bags for wrapping, plus which size I use for different gifts. With Mother's Day this weekend, there's still time to make a gift bag!

So first, why make a handmade gift bag? A few reasons. I think it instantly adds a little something extra to whatever you're giving. The bags are reusable, so they're an eco-friendly alternative to gift wrap. Adding a handmade element can also help jazz up store bought gifts too, making them more fun and adding a personalized touch. For quilts, I find drawstring bags are a great way for the recipient to store the quilt while it's not being used. Finally, they're just fun to make, so it's a good excuse to make one!

One quick thing I like to do before gifting is to tie up the strings in a bow! It's simple, but is a nice finishing touch!

I'll share a few gift ideas that should comfortably fit into each size included in the Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern, starting with the Everything Bag, which is the same size as the free tutorial.

Everything Bag (tutorial size)

- Bubble bath/lotion/soap set
- Swap goodies (pincushion, candy, fabric, cute scissors)
- Small flower pot + seed packets
- Baked goods
- Scarf or other small accessories

Tiny Bag

- Enamel pin
- Jewelry
- Gift card
- Candy
- Earbuds

Snack Bag

- Small toys like Tsum Tsums, toy cars, Littlest Pet Shop, etc
- Make-up
- A few fat quarters and a spool of thread
- A cute mug and some hot chocolate mix or tea
- Candle

Project Bag

- Set of potholders or dishtowels
- Small stuffed animal
- Knitting/crochet kit (yarn, pattern, needles)
- Dvds
- Framed photo

Artist Bag

- Baby quilt
- Art supplies
- Children's book and a toy
- Small electronics (tablets, ipad, large headphones)
- Quilt kit

Laundry Bag

- Throw quilt
- Large toy
- Handmade pillow
- Dishware
- Small kitchen appliances

Customize your drawstring bag with these variation tutorials:
Easy Going Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Easy Going Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Patchwork Drawstring Bag Tutorial - In Color Order
Patchwork Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Striped Drawstring Bag Tutorial

Lined Drawstring Bag Pocket Tutorial

Find all the variations and tutorials here: Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorials and Variations.

Here is where to find the basic bag tutorial and pattern:
Lined Drawstring Bag Tutorial
Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern

Happy Making!


  1. I just made my first ones of these from the tutorial and I love them. They are so quick and easy to make.

  2. These are too cute! I'm going to have to make up a whole bunch of these in different sizes to have on hand for last minute wrapping. Thanks for the idea, and the pattern/tutorial!

  3. If I give a quilt or hand-sewn gift, I always present it in a matching gift bag.

  4. Your drawstring bag patterns are one of my favorites! Thanks for all of the ideas!

  5. it is good to see some different ideas for gift packaging. Thanks you and keep sharing such creative ideas.


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