How to Make a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag

Yayy, the holidays are here! Kymona, here to show you have to sew and embroider a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag.

There are many different ways to present gifts to loved ones. You can wrap them with gift wrapping paper or fabric. You can put them in store-bought gift bags.

My family and I are from the island of Jamaica, and we use Burlap, known to us as crocus, to make rope, nets, and similar products. Today, I will show you how to use burlap fabric to make a cute gift back using your sewing and embroidery machine.

Take a look at this burlap fabric gift bag:

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Finish Product

Materials to Create a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag

Instructions to Make a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag

Step 1: Cut the Fabric

Cut two pieces of the fabric to 15.5 inches x 22.5 inches.

Note: Do not unfold the fabric when you purchase it from the store. This will allow you only to have to sew one side and the bottom of the bag.

Step 2: Embroider the front of the Burlap Fabric

Use the BERNINA Embroidery Software to create the lettering design, Merry Christmas.

Using the largest hoop for the machine, size the design to fit perfectly inside the hoop.

Export the design and upload it to the machine.

Attach the embroidery module to the machine.

Fold the front of the burlap fabric to find the center.

Hoop the fabric and stabilizer.

Attach the hoop to the machine.

Check to make sure the design fits in the hoop.

Stitch out the design.

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Embroidery the Front of the Burlap Fabric

Step 3: Clean up the Embroidery

Take your time and tear the stabilizer away from the stitches.

To do this, hold the stitches with your fingers and tear the stabilizer with the other hand.

Use the embroidery scissors to cut away any stray stitches or jump stitches if you have any.

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Clean up the Embroidery

Step 4: Prepare to Sew

Fold the top edge of the burlap fabric a 1/4 inch down and clip.

Note: This fabric can be tricky to sew; it moves a lot so take your time when you sew.

Step 5: Sew the Top Edge

Using the #34D foot, sew the top edge down to hide the raw edge inside the bag.

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Sew the Top Edge

Step 6: Sew the Cording Casing Inside the Burlap Fabric

Measure 1 inch from the top of the burlap fabric and place the ribbon down and pin in place.

Sew the ribbon in place on both sides, leaving a space for the cording to slide through.

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Sew the Cording Casing inside the Burlap Bag

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Sew the Cording Casing inside the Burlap Bag

Step 7: Sew the Burlap Sides Together

With the right sides together, sew the burlap side and bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance straight stitch.

Go back and sew the same sides using a zig-zag stitch to stop the edges from fraying.

Cut any unwanted strands.

Clip the corners to reduce bulk.

Step 8: Slide the Cording through the Casing

Before turning the bag right-side out, pin a safety pin to one end of the cording and string it through the casing.

Double back so that both ends are coming out of one side.

Note: This will take some maneuvering of the cording. Just keep pulling and shifting the fabric.

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Slide the Cording inside the Casing

Step 9: Turn the bag and gifts

Now it is time to turn the bag inside out and fill it with gifts!

Nice and easy to make. Unusual fabrics can yield really nice results.  I invite all of you to give burlap fabric a try.

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Finish Product

Sewing and Embroidering a Burlap Fabric Gift Bag: Finish Product

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