While a drawstring favor bag is a simple project, the idea behind it is big: fabric is an excellent way to add a personal touch to your special event! Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, or baby shower, think fabric for a unique — and inexpensive! — splash of color. The wrapping becomes part of the gift: a reusable bag is an eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper. Your guests would never chuck your cute handmade bag into the trash, right?
Vane Broussard of Brooklyn Bride Blog (and bklynpillow right here on Etsy) joins us to share this design she developed while planning her own wedding. Her frustration at the lack of modern and affordable wedding decor options led her to become very creative — and got her started blogging! She’s been going full speed ever since.
Drawstring Favor Bag
Materials You’ll Need:
- Sewing machine with thread to complement fabric
- Scissors or rotary cutter
- Safety pin
- Iron and ironing board
- Embroidery thread, needle and hoop
- Pencil or fabric marker
Making a Favor Bag:
- Measure and cut a piece of fabric that is 15″ x 6 1/2″. (You can really make this any size, I just like them petite.)
- With the wrong side of the fabric facing up, at each of the shorter sides, fold and iron the fabric a 1/2″, then again by 1″. These sizes can be adjusted depending on the width of your ribbon.
- Sew along the very bottom of that inch to make a pocket or channel for the ribbon on both ends.
- Plan where you’d like to place an embroidered design. (Remember, you’ll be losing at least a 1/4″ on either side of the bag for seam allowance.)
- Use a pencil or fabric marker to lightly sketch your design on the fabric; with an embroidery needle and four strands of floss, follow the path with a backstitch. (Keep stitches small so that the curves of any letters don’t look choppy.) If you want to get fancy, you can try other stitches, like French knots!
- Bring right sides of the fabric together and pin the sides, leaving the top of the bag open.
- Sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance along the sides, stopping once you reach the channels for the ribbon.
- Turn the bag right-side out. To thread the ribbon for the drawstring, use a safety pin to catch one side of the ribbon to help you feed it through the channel created. Tie the ends together and trim the excess to finish.
Start with some fun favor bags, then try your hand at wrapped vases and a ring pillow… The possibilities are endless! What handmade touches did you add to your wedding? Tell us in the comments below!
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