I was looking for a way to make my handmade gifts of food and washcloths/dishcloths just that much more special. Luckily, I came across Michael’s Halloween Gift Bags and the lightbulb went off! Tucking the gifts into a canvas bag with a label tailored to that gift was my solution. I couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out. I am sharing this tutorial for easy to make DIY Gift Bags using Iron-On Fabric Transfers, perfect for your handmade or purchased gifts.
Holy Cow! Did I struggle with what to call these! While I ended up with ‘DIY Gift Bags’, in fact, I did not ‘make’ the bag…I just ‘adorned’ it. I’m all about truth in advertising, but calling them ‘Purchased, but DIY Adorned Gift Bags with Iron-On Fabric Transfers’ just seemed like waaaaaay too much.
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And while these drawstring gift bags would be easy to sew from scratch, it cost me about $1 per bag for the small ones and just a wee bit over $1 per bag for the larger ones. These canvas bags easily fell into the ‘cheaper to buy than to make’ category.
I will say that I did end up washing the bags before I really worked with them. They had a strong (to me) odor, but Terry says I have a nose like a bloodhound, so there’s that. I washed and dried them and the odor is completely gone.
They did shrink a wee bit, as you can see by the comparison of the 8 by 10 bags below. But not enough that they won’t do what I need them to do.
For the ‘Jelly is Like Love’ Iron-On Fabric Transfer Labels, click this button. Use this 5 x 7-inch bag for any of the preserve recipes found in my Canning and Preserving Library.
For the ‘Don’t Get Your Tinsel in a Tangle’ Iron-On Fabric Transfer Labels, click this button. I envision tucking one of my hand-knit washcloths, along with a bar of soap and maybe some bath salts into this 8 x 10-inch ‘spa’ themed gift bag. The image below shows the Bridget Washcloth, but do check out these other Hand Knit Dish Cloth patterns.
For the ‘Wishing You a Warm & Wonderful Christmas’ Iron-On Fabric Transfer Labels, click the following button. A bag of mulling spices or a jar of any of these diy gifts for cooks would be perfect in this 5 x 7-inch DIY gift bag.
For the ‘Sweet Treats for a Sweet Friend’ Iron-On Fabric Transfer Labels, click this button. This label works for an 8 x 10-inch bag. A small loaf of bread, like this Spiced Apple Bread, or a bag of cookies like these Spiced Molasses Cookies, fits perfectly in these bags.
For the Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Iron-On Label for 8 x 10-inch bags, click the following button.
For the Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Iron-On Labels for 8 x 10-inch gift bags, click the following button.
For these three Iron-On designs on one page, suitable for 5 x 7-inch gift bags, click the following button.
I sure hope you find some good uses for these diy gift bags! I’d love for you to share what you tuck in the gift bags; you can email me at [email protected]
Also, I do plan to make some more labels, so please leave a comment with some ideas. I have some “Merry Christmas” ones coming.
To refer back to this post showing how to make DIY Gift Bags with Iron-On Fabric Transfer Labels, bookmark this page or pin the following image.
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