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.


NOTE:
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.


ENJOY!!




  • 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.

216 comments:

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jaybird said...

adorable kim! i need to make one!

CJ said...

SEW SWEET!!

Barb said...

Love the bag....

Eila said...

Fine and beautiful bags!

synnove75 said...

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

Rebecca said...

Super cute...can't wait to make one!

Shari said...

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

Lynn B said...

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

Krousegirl said...

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

Lilly said...

What a cute bag! I love it!

free indeed said...

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

Quilt Hollow said...

These are wonderful "extra" gifts in themselves!

Stacey said...

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

Donna said...

This is so cute!

Pat said...

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

Evas Passion said...

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

Jackie said...

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

Bec Clarke said...

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.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

such a cute bag!

Sheri said...

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.

QuiltingB29 said...

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.

Kathy said...

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

Thank you for all your wonderful ideas!

Edige said...

Very good idea! A like this bags very much.

Treasuresofjoy said...

I love that pleat. Those fabrics are pretty too.

Jill said...

What a darling bag, I see lots of possiblities.
Jill

rachel griffith said...

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

Cindy said...

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

luvtoquilt said...

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

PunkiePie said...

Very cute! I will have to remember this one!

Csigi said...

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

Penélope said...

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

Leila said...

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!

Cassie said...

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!

Sarah said...

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

angela said...

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

Needled Mom said...

Lovely little bag.

sewtakeahike said...

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

Patchwork Penguin said...

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

Victoria M. said...

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.

Diane L said...

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

Heidi said...

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

Hugs ~
Heidi

DiSailsToo said...

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

Carol said...

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

Heather said...

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

Lisa @ Life with 4! said...

very cute... nice pattern!

Lynn Osborne said...

These are so cute! What a great tutorial.

Peggie said...

Love it!

Love 2 Quilt said...

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

greetingarts said...

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

Lvica said...

Thank you for this useful tutorial, Kim!

Kimberly said...

From one Kim to another - that is awesome!

rainey said...

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.

rainey

jannza said...

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!

~D Spack~ said...

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

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

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

~D Spack~ said...

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

Susan said...

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

sndy1 said...

such a cute idea!

Kim said...

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.

terrieannie said...

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!

lilfish said...

Adorable bag! so very cute!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

I cannot wait to get started making this.

Nu said...

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

Nicole said...

I love this Kim!! I this I'll start these now for my quilt retreat in November! :)

Deb C. said...

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

yolandakavita said...

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

Kathy said...

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.

Carol in E TN said...

This bag is just darling!
libertythreads@charter.net

Carol said...

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?!

Nancy said...

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

Susan in SC said...

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

Jan said...

That is absolutely adorable and my brain is now running ramped with ideas!!! Keep the wonderful projects coming and thank you so much :)

Rafael's Mum said...

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

Barbie said...

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

Domestic Designer said...

Love it! I will definitely make one

Stina said...

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

Kelly O. said...

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

annette said...

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

JStacie said...

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

Carol said...

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

Ellyn said...

darling bag!

becka said...

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.

SY said...

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

Heather said...

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

Annie of Blue Gables said...

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

Colleen said...

Very nice! I love it.

A Crafty Moment said...

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

Deb said...

Beautiful fabric! Beautiful bag!

Gayle said...

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

Material Mary said...

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

Simple Life of Me said...

cute! I just love your blog

atymetosew said...

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

beth said...

i love this bag! it is so cute!

Kim West said...

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.

Holley said...

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.

Janice said...

Such a cute bag, my GD would love it.

The Dunn Family said...

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

Bonnie said...

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

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

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!

magy said...

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
Maggey

Kim West said...

Check out the one I made already: http://peachquilting.com/2009/07/bags-buns-and-trim/

Kim said...

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

Cathy said...

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

Shiree said...

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

StitchCat said...

Thank you for showing the tutorial for the gorgeous gift bag. You are very talented :)

Khris said...

Very cute indeed Kim...well done. Khris

Gene Black said...

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!

Fiesta said...

adorable

Rita said...

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

Oddbjørg said...

Cute bags. I have to try this.

Kim said...

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!

MonikaC said...

What a great bag! Thanks for the tutorial!

Karen K. said...

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

FrancisMoore said...

Great gift bag.

Cory said...

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

Rita said...

Oh yes, Please pick me!

Just for you . . . said...

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

x

Micki said...

The bag is wonderful!
Micki

Faithful Quilter:Elaine's Journey said...

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...

Hugs,

Elaine in SLO, Ca
http://faithfulquilter.blogspot.com

Hilary said...

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

Jennifer D said...

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

Tam said...

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

NuggleMe said...

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

Gretchen said...

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

tammiemarie said...

This is so cute! Love it!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute bag. Love the tutorial. Thanks!

Miriam said...

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

Tricia said...

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

call me crazy said...

That is just adorable! Thanks for the tutorial! :-)

Amanda said...

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

arlette said...

I'm in love with the cute little bag!!!!
arlette0521.blogspot.com

Zully said...

Thanks so much for this sew cute pattern!!

Jessica said...

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

Barbieann said...

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

Kim D. said...

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

Kim D.

Pike said...

That is great! Please enter me!

Lei B. said...

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!

Debbie said...

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

Mystica said...

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

Mystica

Mary said...

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

Handmade by Mai said...

Thank you for sharing,it's so cute

Diane said...

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

susan said...

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

Shelia said...

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.

susan said...

These are the cutest gift bags!
Susan
sgalasso@triad.rr.com

Deborah said...

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

Glenda said...

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

Dawn said...

Adorable!!

Dj said...

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

Nedra said...

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!

The Gosfam said...

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

Timici said...

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

Susan said...

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

Suzanne in TX said...

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...

Sparrow Bee Designs said...

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

tamik81597 said...

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

Lynn said...

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

Jessica said...

Super cute!!

JoAnn Scott said...

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.

mtardiff said...

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

Thanks for such detailed directions. They're great!

Trent and Carlie & Co. said...

Cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

Karamat said...

Super cute bags! Thanks for the directions

Chrissi said...

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

Cynthia said...

I really really love this bag, it is adorable!

kristinorth said...

I love your little bag, thanks for sharing!

Amanda Pedro said...

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

Beth said...

This bag is so cute!

Ashley said...

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

JJ said...

I love the bag so much

CarolynQuilts said...

Great tutorial--love the fabrics you chose.

Nickels Pickles said...

A wonderful bag, thank you for the Pattern!

Jess said...

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

The Wilkins' said...

cute, cute, cute! I am entering!

kshackabq said...

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

rkontra said...

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.

Renee

Susan said...

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.

Susan

nrnoodle said...

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

Helena said...

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

The Tarin Family said...

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

Juliejaz said...

I love it, thanks for the pattern.

Martha said...

Cute bag! Love it!

EricaThomas said...

Love it! Can't wait to try it!

Guilitta said...

Thank you very much for the lovely pattern.

Greeting Guilitta from Germany

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

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

Nichole said...

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

Bouchizzle said...

I'm excited to try it!!

Taya said...

So cute planning on makinf one for my daughter.

Lemondrops Simple Stuff said...

Love the bag!

CEO of the Cole Clan said...

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

Katarina said...

The tutorial seems really great. I love when there are many pics - I tend to be a bit dense ;)

Rae Ann said...

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

kirsti said...

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

bingo~bonnie said...

this little bag is "too TOOT!" as my aunt loves to say all the time ;)

Thanks for the tutorial - I can think of a dozen uses for it as gifts for friends ;) Also thanks for the chance to win!

Love from Texas! ~bonnie

Mary JB said...

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

Vicki in UT said...

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

Chris said...

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

Suze said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! Wonderful fabric and even better "recipe."

tisme said...

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

Kim said...

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.

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