One of our most popular tutorials, is our Fabric Gift Pouch we posted nearly 4 years ago. Time sure flies! I made another fabric gift pouch to use as gift wrapping and took photos of the process to update the tutorial. The original tutorial was made before I acquired a DSLR camera and was sorely in need of an update!
These little fabric gift pouches are perfectly sized to hold a small gift. When they are gathered up, little petals form around the drawstring opening. In this version, I used ricrac trim and simple stitching to add another element. They are so quick to make and are a great way to package little gift items. You can see some Christmas versions here and here.
If you would like to make one, you will need:
- Two. 8.5 x 8.5 inch inch fabric squares in contrasting fabrics. (I used a green gingham from Rosalie Quindlan Folk Hearts, and a Yellow Strawberry Print from Atsuko Matsuyma’s 30’s Collection for Yuwa – which have both been in my stash for a while).
- 1 yard white ricrac trim
- 1 small label (optional)
- white embroidery floss
- 1 1/4 yard of narrow yellow ribbon(or bakers twine)
The strawberry buttons and crocheted strawberry are just for decoration. I found those at the Perth Craft and Quilt Fair this year.
1. Pin and then baste the ricrac trim around the perimeter of Fabric 1 as shown.(This step is optional – the pouch works just as well without any edging).
2. Place the two squares together with the right sides facing and all edges aligned. Stitch them together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance and leaving a 3 inch gap in one side for turning. Clip corners and turn out through the opening. Press. Hand stitch the opening closed.
3. Using two strands of embroidery thread, stitch a running stitch around the outside of the square, approximately 1/4 inch in from the outer edge. (optional)
4. Using pins, mark 3 1/4 inches in from each corner. Fold the corners in as shown below, so each flap measures 3 1/4 inches from the tip to the fold. Press.
6. (optional) Stitch a small label to the inside of the pouch, just below the stitching on one side. Be careful to move the flap out of the way when stitching.
7. Cut the ribbon in two lengths measuring 20 inches. Thread the ribbon through all four channels, and tie ends together. Take the other length of ribbon, and starting from the opposite side of the pouch, thread the ribbon though all four channels and tie the ends together. Pull both ends of the ribbon to gather up the pouch.