Little burlap bags can be used for so many things like party favors filled with trinkets or candy, or used as a gift bag to hold a gift card, jewelry, or money. For today’s tutorial, I’m showing how to make small, decorative bags.
Once you make the basic bag, you can embellish it however you like.
These little bags are fairly easy to make, but they do require some sewing.
Start by cutting a 7″x 10″ rectangle of burlap.
Fold it in half, making a 7″ x 5″ rectangle. Sew the long edges together.
Then sew just one of the short edges together.
Fold about 1″ down of the short edge that wasn’t sewn.
Sew about 1/4″ from the raw edge. This will make the casing for your drawstring.
Turn the bag inside out using your finger to push out the corners of the bag.
You’re now ready to add your drawstring.
Using a bamboo skewer or something similar, make a hole in the casing area.
Push the fibers aside to make the hole, being careful not to push the skewer through both layers.
If you want a drawstring at each side of the bag, make another hole on the opposite end of casing.
Cut a piece of twine 20″ long. You could also use sturdy ribbon.
Make a knot in one end of the twine and push a safety pin through the knot.
Push the safety pin and twine through the hole and thread it through the casing.
Go all the way around the bag and slip the safety pin and twine back out the same hole.
Tie the ends of twine in a knot at the ends.
You can choose to use just one drawstring on one side of the bag.
Or you can add a second drawstring on the opposite side using the same technique as the first.
Now comes the fun part … decorating the bags!
A frayed square of drop cloth was stamped with a bird’s nest and glued to the bag.
I added eyelet lace to this little bag and finished it off with a small flower.
The bag on the left also wears a frayed square of drop cloth, along with a crocheted flower.
I’ve got a few more bags to decorate along with a few other burlap ideas in my head.
So you’ll probably see a couple more burlap posts from me in the near future.
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