Charmed Gift Bag

My newest project for Moda Bake Shop is a quick & easy gift bag. Just fill it up with a matching charm pack and maybe even a cute teddy bear too. You could also add any quilt notions and more fat quarters if you like. What a fun gift to give to your quiltie peeps.

Other ideas:

  • I’ve also made the gift bag as a birthday present for my daughter’s friends and filled it with things like make-up, nail polish, jewelry and candy. I’ve even put a Webkinz inside the bag along with other treats. The girls are crazy about these bags.
  • Give it as a party favor filled with treats at your child’s birthday party.
  • You could also fill the bag and give it as a gift to your quilt group.

So Let’s Begin:

  • 4 fat quarters from the Snippets Collection by American Jane
  • 1 Snippets Charm Pack by American Jane (this will be put inside the bag as a gift)
  • Cereal Box Cardboard (to put in bottom of bag for stability)
  • Cardstock (to cover cereal box cardboard)
  • Double-stick Tape (to stick fabric to cereal box cardboard)

Cutting Instructions:

The picture below shows the pieces you will have when you’re done cutting your fabric, cereal box cardboard, and cardstock according to the list below.

  • Red Floral Fabric (outside of bag): Cut 2 pieces @ 7″ x 8″
  • Paper Doll Fabric (bag lining): Cut 2 pieces @ 7″ x 8″
  • Red Plaid (Handles): Cut 2 pieces @ 2″ x 10″
  • Red Polka Dot (Pleated Edge): Cut 2 pieces @ 4″ x 12″
  • Cereal Box Cardboard: Cut 1 piece @ approx. 2 1/4″ x 5 1/8″ (trim to fit if needed)
  • Cardstock: Cut 1 piece @ 2: x 5″
All Seams are sewn using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Let’s Get Started:

1. Take the Red Floral Fabric with right sides together and sew the two (7″) sides and the (8″) bottom of the bag. Clip corners.

2. Take the Paper Doll Fabric with right sides together and sew the two (7″) sides and the (8″) bottom of the bag. Clip corners.

3. Take the Red Plaid fold with right sides together and sew. Then turn right sides out, press, and sew two lines of top stitching on both sides of each handle. Then sew a wavy line down the middle if you desire.

4. Take the inside and outside pieces and press the seams open as seen below.

5. This is a view of the open seams looking into the bottom corner of the bag.

The next steps are kinda tricky to explain so you will want to look closely at the pictures to help you follow along.

6. You will take the side seams and match them up while moving your fingers down the bag. This will create the bottom of the bag when you’re done. Repeat for the outside of the bag too. Let the top edge of the bag fall to the right (see picture below).

7. Turn the outside and the lining pieces over so it looks like the picture below.

8. Now you are going to place the outside bag on top of the inside of the bag as seen below. Lay the top edge of the bag down so it mirrors the (lining) bag below it.

9. Measure 2″ across the pointed edge (as seen below) and draw a line.

10. Sew on the pencil line and then cut off the points.

11. It’s time to pull the outside up and around the inside lining.

12. Set aside the bag while you make the pleated trim.

13. Take the red polka dot fabric for the pleated trim and sew the side seams then press the seams open as seen below.

14. Fold the fabric in half making sure the seams match, then press the fold. Mark the center for each side of the pleat (in between the side seams). You will also make a mark at 1″ and 2″ on each side of the center.

15. Fold and pinch the fabric at the two inch mark and bring it to the center mark. Press and repeat for the other side. Baste the pleats in place.

16. Make a pencil mark at 1 3/4″ in from each side of the back and then pin the handles in place. You may stitch them down to keep them from moving.

17. Now take the pleat and make sure that the pleated side is facing the inside of the bag. Match the side seams and then pin in place. Now sew around the top of the bag.

18. Pull the pleat upward and fold over the top of the bag. Pull the handles out too. Then press the top edge.

19. Now you will make the bottom insert by taking your cardboard and covering it with a piece of fabric. I used heavy duty double-stick tape. Then I place the cardstock over the back of the fabric to finish it off. Now place it into the bottom of your bag for stability.

20. This is what the inside of the bag will look like.

21. You’re DONE! Now you can fill it up and give it away.


  • 3 Charmed Gift Bags out of 4 fat quarters.
Exciting News!!!
I’m giving away ONE Charmed Gift Bag on my BLOG.
The giveaway will END on Friday, July 31st at Midnight.
I will then pick a WINNER on Saturday, August 1st.

0 comments on “Charmed Gift Bag

  1. jaybird says:

    adorable kim! i need to make one!

  2. CJ says:


  3. Barb says:

    Love the bag….

  4. Eila says:

    Fine and beautiful bags!

  5. synnove75 says:

    That bag is sooo cute! Thank you for the pattern:) Going to make one right away:-D

  6. Rebecca says:

    Super cute…can't wait to make one!

  7. Shari says:

    This looks so interesting! Will have to try it… Thanks!

  8. Lynn B says:

    Kim this is ever so cute, I would love to win this!

  9. Krousegirl says:

    Oh, you do make that look v. simple. Lovely. Thanks!
    Krousegirl2 at aol dot com

  10. Lilly says:

    What a cute bag! I love it!

  11. free indeed says:

    I just love the tutes over here in the bake shop! THese little charmers are going to be a big hit!

  12. Quilt Hollow says:

    These are wonderful “extra” gifts in themselves!

  13. Stacey says:

    so cute!! i just designed a charm bag too the other day, it is different than this, i might need to give this a try!! thanks

  14. Donna says:

    This is so cute!

  15. Pat says:

    GREAT bag….but I'm not surprised as you do such a great job with everything you make!

  16. Evas Passion says:

    wonderful these bags!!!!!compliments!!!

  17. Jackie says:

    Unbelievable that you get 3 little bags from only 4 fat quarters. Very efficiently cute!!

  18. Bec Clarke says:

    Such a great tutorial, this is the best blog I have ever found, well among the dozens of great blogs out ther I just can't really choose.

  19. Sheri says:

    This is such a cute little bag. I've got to make some of these. It looks really fast and easy. Thanks for a great pattern.

  20. QuiltingB29 says:

    This is real cute. I'll have to keep it in mind if I ever have time to make gift bags. I'm usually lucky the present makes it to the recipient.

  21. Kathy says:

    Kim, this is soooooo cute! I've printed the instructions and plan to make some as gifts.

    Thank you for all your wonderful ideas!

  22. Edige says:

    Very good idea! A like this bags very much.

  23. I love that pleat. Those fabrics are pretty too.

  24. Jill says:

    What a darling bag, I see lots of possiblities.

  25. oh kim…
    this is SUPER cute!!!

  26. Cindy says:

    When I saw this pattern, I “JUST” knew this was from you, Kim. As always, cute as can be.

  27. luvtoquilt says:

    Adorable bag — just the right size for a surprise treat for my two granddaughters. What a fun project!

  28. PunkiePie says:

    Very cute! I will have to remember this one!

  29. Csigi says:

    I love it and I have to make it :))

  30. lovely, colorful, clear… lots of possibilities… thank you

  31. Leila says:

    I love how you sewed the lining and outer fabric corners together. I have never seen done like that. I will do it that way on my next bag. Great work!

  32. Cassie says:

    This is cute. I am such a beginner sewer, hope I can make this too. Your directions seem like they could be followed well… thanks!

  33. Sarah says:

    How cute! I can't wait to make one or three!

  34. angela says:

    I love quick and easy projects! And this one is great. thanks!

  35. Needled Mom says:

    Lovely little bag.

  36. sewtakeahike says:

    this is the sweetest little gift bag!! thank-you for the tutorial!

  37. These are too cute!!! Thank you for sharing this.

  38. Victoria M. says:

    This is a great tutorial…good pictures and clear step by step directions. I've saved it and plan to make lots of these cute little bags. Thanks for sharing.

  39. Diane L says:

    Very, very cute. And, like you said, a great gift. I'm always looking for gift ideas.

  40. Heidi says:

    Thanks! I love these kind of bags as project bags for stitching friends. I will be making one of these soon.

    Hugs ~

  41. DiSailsToo says:

    Thanks so much for this sew cute pattern! Definitely on my to-make list!

  42. Carol says:

    Pleated trim is a great alternative trim to dress up a basic bag. Love it.

  43. Heather says:

    How cute are these – I love that they use fat quarters – YAY!!!

  44. very cute… nice pattern!

  45. Lynn Osborne says:

    These are so cute! What a great tutorial.

  46. Love 2 Quilt says:

    I just love the bag, especially with the polka dot fabric!

  47. greetingarts says:

    I love the little addition of that pleat. Makes the bag just a little more special. Thanks for the project!

  48. Lvica says:

    Thank you for this useful tutorial, Kim!

  49. Kimberly says:

    From one Kim to another – that is awesome!

  50. rainey says:

    Too very cute! I'm thinking it wouldn't be too hard to add a few inches to the sides and bottom and make it an adult lunchbag.


  51. jannza says:

    Thank you for such wonderful projects. These are often my favorite when the supplies are so easy to come by and I get a chance to work with many beautiful fabrics at once!

  52. ~D Spack~ says:

    Kim just keeps going and going with all the quilty goodness!

  53. These gift bags are adorable Kim, and they have so many uses!

  54. ~D Spack~ says:

    I did not see dimensions? What the finished dimensions of the bag? THX.

  55. Susan says:

    Adorable, I can't wait to make a few of these to use for gifts.

  56. sndy1 says:

    such a cute idea!

  57. Kim says:

    The width of the bag from seam to seam is 7 1/2″ inches and the height of the bag (not including the handles) is 5 1/2″ tall.

    Thanks for asking.

  58. terrieannie says:

    I LOVE the Moda Bake Shop and this small project in particular… because it gives me one MORE reason to buy MORE fabric… Thanks, Kim!

  59. lilfish says:

    Adorable bag! so very cute!

  60. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  61. I cannot wait to get started making this.

  62. Nu says:

    What a simply beautiful idea… and I must say a truly fantastic tutorial… I love lot's of pictures!

  63. Nicole says:

    I love this Kim!! I this I'll start these now for my quilt retreat in November! ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. Deb C. says:

    Oh thank you. this will make some wonderful christmas swap gifts.

  65. Perfect timing for my daughter's birthday party!
    Thank you for the great pattern!

  66. Kathy says:

    Hi Kim. I just love this adorable bag. I know my college age daughter will love it even more! I need to make one of these.

  67. Carol says:

    Without a doubt this little bag is awesome! I just recently found your blog and am inspired. I do not sew much but this is worth the effort. After finishing this, how will I be able to part with it?!

  68. Nancy says:

    I will never be able to make it, but I soooo appreciate the talent of those who can!

  69. Susan in SC says:

    I love this little bag! What a perfect gift bag for teachers!

  70. Jan says:

    That is absolutely adorable and my brain is now running ramped with ideas!!! Keep the wonderful projects coming and thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Rafael's Mum says:

    Great little bag! I'll be making one for sure. Thanks!

  72. Barbie says:

    These are so sweet…I'm always looking for new bag tutorials so thank you very much!

  73. Love it! I will definitely make one

  74. Stina says:

    Ohh.. this one is a cutie…and a perfect little bag for someones birthday.. CUTE!!! :o))

  75. Kelly O. says:

    you make it look so easy! Can't wait to give it a go!

  76. annette says:

    too darn cute! I'm off to find a few fat quarters – oh and check out your blog and enter your little contest!!!

  77. JStacie says:

    These would be so cute for Christmas bags! Make 'em once and keep them for next year.

  78. Carol says:

    I am keeping these directions. What a wonderful way to make your own gift bag!

  79. Ellyn says:

    darling bag!

  80. becka says:

    Very cute! What a good use for fat quarters. I need to keep this in mind for some gifts for the girls in my office.

  81. SY says:

    I *love* the way you give us instructions! They are easy to follow and so through. I am so impressed by your work and will definitely be back soon. God Bless! sy

  82. Heather says:

    Very cute little bag. What a great idea for gifts. Love 'em!

  83. What a darling pattern, and so simple. I can't wait to try this!

  84. Colleen says:

    Very nice! I love it.

  85. The bag is adorable! I'm going to try making one.

  86. Deb says:

    Beautiful fabric! Beautiful bag!

  87. Gayle says:

    Too cute! If I was to receive a bag like that, there wouldn't have to be anything inside of it – the bag would be gift enough! LOL

  88. I'm definately going to have to make a few of this bag…love it!!

  89. cute! I just love your blog

  90. atymetosew says:

    I really like your bag! I think I am going to use this as a project for my daughter (she loved bags too).

  91. beth says:

    i love this bag! it is so cute!

  92. Kim West says:

    Just to let you know, the first step for the pleated top is missing. I was able to figure it out by the pictures, but you might want to mention it to others.

  93. Holley says:

    Very nice. How bad would it be to make this a late 1st grade teacher gift?

    Maybe I should just settle for an early start for the second grade teacher gift. At least then I would have the hope of finishing it by next May.

  94. Janice says:

    Such a cute bag, my GD would love it.

  95. Love it! Looks like a good Christmas giftbag for this year!

  96. Bonnie says:

    How cute is this? I'll be trying this pattern when I get home next week. Thanks for sharing

  97. Oh my gosh how cute are they and you can make three from just 4 fat quarters, this is a project I would love to do. thank you for sharing!

  98. magy says:

    I love the bag and would make a nice gift for anyone. The colors just make me happy and the polka dots just pop with them. Nice work

  99. Kim says:

    Very cute! Yep, gotta make one–or two or three!

  100. Cathy says:

    I can't wait to try this little bag out! I am already thinking of the wonderful things I can tuck in to them!

  101. Shiree says:

    I so love this little gift bag, it is my weekend project now!

  102. StitchCat says:

    Thank you for showing the tutorial for the gorgeous gift bag. You are very talented ๐Ÿ™‚

  103. Khris says:

    Very cute indeed Kim…well done. Khris

  104. Gene Black says:

    I may make this one. But even better you inspired me with an idea to make the bottoms of MY bags more stable. Similar to what you did, but different. Thanks!

  105. Rita says:

    I can't wait to try the adorable bag. Thanks!

  106. Cute bags. I have to try this.

  107. Kim says:

    Okay, Boyd's bears and this adorable bag…irresistible…..
    you made another real winner!
    can you say Christmas bags?

    Ummm maybe you should contact Boyd's bears and offer to sell a bear with this pattern attached :0).

    Happy Sewing to a very creative lady!

  108. MonikaC says:

    What a great bag! Thanks for the tutorial!

  109. Karen K. says:

    I've printed off the instructions and now I'm looking for the fabric. I LOVE this bag! Thank you.

  110. Cory says:

    This is a darling bag. Thank you for the tutorial. Take care and God bless, Cory

  111. Rita says:

    Oh yes, Please pick me!

  112. So sweet . . can't wait to have a go at make up some of these!


  113. Micki says:

    The bag is wonderful!

  114. This bag is so cute that I just had to sign up! I have never made a tote or bag before but this is the ONE that I'm going to do.

    Thanks so much for the tutorial…


    Elaine in SLO, Ca

  115. Hilary says:

    Thanks for these directions, I'm excited to try it out.

  116. Jennifer D says:

    Adorable, I can't wait to start! So Cheery, Thanks Kim

  117. Tam says:

    Thanks for the great pattern, I'll definatley be making them!

  118. NuggleMe says:

    Thanks you for the great tutorial! I will definately be trying this.

  119. Gretchen says:

    Hi – looking forward to using this tute. Thanks. Another great addition to Moda Bake Shop.

  120. tammiemarie says:

    This is so cute! Love it!

  121. Very cute bag. Love the tutorial. Thanks!

  122. Miriam says:

    Wow what a cute bag!! I just found this site. wWat a treasure trove of ideas!!!!

  123. Tricia says:

    So nice! I can't to start making these to give Christmas gifts in!!!

  124. That is just adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! ๐Ÿ™‚

  125. Amanda says:

    it's so cute! i believe that i need to make 1 or 2 of them!
    Amanda in KS

  126. arlette says:

    I'm in love with the cute little bag!!!!

  127. Zully says:

    Thanks so much for this sew cute pattern!!

  128. Jessica says:

    So very cute!! I believe paper gift bags will be a thing of the past for me now!!

  129. Barbieann says:

    I love the simplicity of fat quarters. Thanks for the instructions the fabrics are beautiful

  130. Kim D. says:

    Your gift bag is adorable.. I love it, hope to win it.

    Kim D.

  131. Pike says:

    That is great! Please enter me!

  132. Lei B. says:

    This is such a great idea, and I can't wait to try it for myself. I am not an expert sewer by any means, but I am willing to give it a go. Thanks for the great tutorial!

  133. Debbie says:

    These bags are so cute and look like they're great for using up stash. Thanks for the tutorial, Kim.

  134. Mystica says:

    You make it look so simple that one is compelled to at least try. The fabrics are also so very beautiful.


  135. Mary says:

    Such a cute project and an excellant tutorial. I love the white with red polka dots and the read & white plaid.
    Mary in AZ

  136. Thank you for sharing,it's so cute

  137. Diane says:

    Ver, very cute! I will be making these for Christmas gifts!

  138. susan says:

    Love the giant pincushions! I'm always looking for something unique to make with jelly rolls.

  139. Shelia says:

    This is so cute. I can't believe how easy the pattern is and how many you get from fat quarters. Thanks for the great pattern.

  140. susan says:

    These are the cutest gift bags!

  141. Deborah says:

    Very cute! I need to make a dozen for the ladies at work!

  142. Glenda says:

    went over to visit Kim….such cute things on her blog. Can't wait to give her bag a try.

  143. Dj says:

    I am going to have to make one of these. How cute!

  144. Nedra says:

    Thanks for the tutorial Kim! Ever since I saw the Charmed Gift Bag at your house I have been wanting to make one! Love it!

  145. The Gosfam says:

    Your tutorials are so easy to follow. I can't wait to make one soon.

  146. Timici says:

    super little ba, fantastic tutorial, thank you!!!

  147. Susan says:

    Great fat quarter project! Can't wait to make one!

  148. Beautifully written tutorial and what great result! Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I think I should use these to coordinate with my handmade dog collars. Off to visit your blog now…

  149. Thankyou so much! The little bag is cute and the tutorial looks super easy to follow! Thanks for sharing.

  150. tamik81597 says:

    So Adorable. Always looking for ideas for teachers gifts. Thanks for the tutorial.

  151. Lynn says:

    Very cute – Can't wait to try this one!

  152. JoAnn Scott says:

    Kim, Once again you have dazzled us with another darling project. Love your bag, it is so darling and looks quick to make. Thanks lady.

  153. mtardiff says:

    Love this little gift bag and I can think of lots of uses for it.

    Thanks for such detailed directions. They're great!

  154. Cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  155. Cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

  156. Karamat says:

    Super cute bags! Thanks for the directions

  157. Chrissi says:

    What a great little bag! I am off to start my first one! Thanks!

  158. Cynthia says:

    I really really love this bag, it is adorable!

  159. kristinorth says:

    I love your little bag, thanks for sharing!

  160. Amanda Pedro says:

    the polka dots lured me in and I love the collar like front. thanks for the inspiration!

  161. Beth says:

    This bag is so cute!

  162. Ashley says:

    the most adorable bags!! I would really love one of those beautiful bags. I LOVE this giveaway!!!! THANK YOU!

  163. JJ says:

    I love the bag so much

  164. Great tutorial–love the fabrics you chose.

  165. A wonderful bag, thank you for the Pattern!

  166. Jess says:

    I can't wait to try this, and I have a little girl's birhtday party right around the corner!

  167. The Wilkins' says:

    cute, cute, cute! I am entering!

  168. kshackabq says:

    Love the bag! What a great gift idea. Thank you!

  169. rkontra says:

    That is such a cute gift bag that I'm going to have to make several for my nieces for Christmas thanks for the tute.


  170. Susan says:

    Oh, this is wonderful and I really like the way you box all the corners at once, the lining and exterior, that's completely new to me! Great little bag, thanks for the tute and the ideas and the new process to box corners.


  171. nrnoodle says:

    This bag is great I can't wait to make some oout of Christmas fabric to use this year.

  172. Helena says:

    Such a great little bag. Love the ideas for use.

  173. So cute! And I'm totally making it! What a cute idea! Love it!

  174. Juliejaz says:

    I love it, thanks for the pattern.

  175. Martha says:

    Cute bag! Love it!

  176. EricaThomas says:

    Love it! Can't wait to try it!

  177. Guilitta says:

    Thank you very much for the lovely pattern.

    Greeting Guilitta from Germany

  178. Lovely…thank you…I think I need to make one!!!

  179. Nichole says:

    Very cute bag! I will be making these for party favors soon.

  180. Bouchizzle says:

    I'm excited to try it!!

  181. Taya says:

    So cute planning on makinf one for my daughter.

  182. Love it! can't wait to make them now for Christmas!!

  183. Katarina says:

    The tutorial seems really great. I love when there are many pics – I tend to be a bit dense ๐Ÿ˜‰

  184. Rae Ann says:

    This is just the sweetest lil bag. Good for just about anything. I can't wait to give it a try.

  185. kirsti says:

    This is a darling bag!! Thanks so much for sharing your tips and secrets! We all appreciate it!

  186. bingo~bonnie says:

    this little bag is “too TOOT!” as my aunt loves to say all the time ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Thanks for the tutorial – I can think of a dozen uses for it as gifts for friends ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also thanks for the chance to win!

    Love from Texas! ~bonnie

  187. Mary JB says:

    Terrific gift bags- love the concept for holiday/seasonal gifts as well. Thanks for a great tutorial and pattern

  188. Vicki in UT says:

    I love bags, and these are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

  189. Chris says:

    Very cute bag!! Would love to make these for special gifts this Christmas. Thanks for the tute!!

  190. Suze says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute! Wonderful fabric and even better “recipe.”

  191. tisme says:

    I love that bag and the colors are great!! Thanks so much for the instructions too.

  192. Kim says:

    I wanted to take the time to THANK ALL of YOU for leaving so many comments and for visiting my blog.

    It's been so much fun reading your responses to my little project. I'm happy that all of you have enjoyed it and I hope they will spread happiness as you make them and give them away.

  193. Jenny says:

    Very cute bag.

  194. Kim, I made the bag! The corner detail worked out just great. Bag is just as cute as can be. Sorry no pictures, digital camera got dropped recently. I made the first one exactly the size you wrote the pattern for. I upped the size on the next two by an inch and they also worked well. What I couldn't figure out was a cutting plan to get 3 bags from 4 FQ's. Could you share your cutting plan, please? Thank you. Carolyn/silkquilter01 at yahoo dot com

  195. Liz says:

    I LOVE this little charm tote. The fabric is adorable and I just bought one of those charm packs at a quilt shop during our So. CA Quitlers Run. I can't wait to dig in and make something with it!

  196. Mrs Quilty says:

    These bags are adorable!!! Love them!! And the fabrics you used!!!!

  197. Ruby Jane says:

    This is a great idea. I still have some Snippets charm packs in my store and this would be a great sample to make.

  198. analog says:

    It is amazing…….
    Nice work……..
    keep it up….

    see more

  199. Barb says:

    This is adorable.

    thanks for sharing the pattern. I have a room full of fabric, but might just have to go buy some new. =0))
    Barbara jean

  200. Heather says:

    I decided to use up some fabric scraps with this pattern and have been having so much fun discovering the cute combinations in my stash! My children all want their own and we are using them for friend birthday parties, as well. Thanks for sharing!