How to Make a Gift Bag

Wanting to work a small, easy-to-wash, and easy-to-iron bag, I looked for an insert that was the appropriate size, solid, clean, inexpensive, and easy to find. I decided on a milk pack. Cut to the desired length,
1_10-2017it is washed out and painted white.
2_10-2017The box measures 9 cm in the width, 6 cm in the depth, and 12 cm in the height. Linen (16/cm thread count) is cut to measure 19 cm (width + depth + 2 X 1 cm seam allowance + 2 cm extra for shrinking) X 46 cm (2 X high + 3 X depth + 2 X 2 cm seam allowance).
The front side is embroidered with a small design.
The long edges are finished to prevent fraying.
3_10-2017The piece is washed (boiled to shrink), starched, and ironed.
With right sides together, the linen is folded at the middle of the long sides. Out from the vertical center axis, it is measured 7.8 cm (width + 2 x ½ depth + 2 X 3 mm) to each side and marked.
Along the marks, both sides are sewn closed.
4_10-2017The seam allowances are pressed open.
5_10-2017Now the fit is tested to determine if the box fits well into the linen bag. If the bag is too wide, remove the sewing line and resew it a small step inwards. If the bag is too tight, remove the sewing line and resew it a small step outwards. But if measuring was accurate this should not happen.
6_10-2017At the top edge, fold under 1 cm and then fold another 1 cm for the hem; secure it.
7_10-2017Turn the bag inside out, and iron it again. Put the box into the bag, fold the bottom corners in, and press the bottom of the bag.
8_10-2017Also fold the top edges as seen in the picture.
9_10-2017Closed with a clip, it is a nice bag for small gifts – individual and extravagant!
10_10-2017And a further tip: Making the bag taller so that it can be folded, it is suitable for making an Advent calendar: the upper section of the bag is folded over a string and fastened with a clip.

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