How to Sew Reusable Fabric Giftbags: Part 1: The Treatbag | The tinkery Astrid Grabner | Skillshare

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How to Sew Reusable Fabric Giftbags: Part 1: The Treatbag

teacher avatar The tinkery Astrid Grabner, Whatever you are, be a good one

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Lessons in This Class

7 Lessons (28m)
    • 1. Hello and welcome to the class!

    • 2. The gift of learning

    • 3. What you need

    • 4. How to sew the Treatbag Version 1

    • 5. How to sew the Treatbag Version 2

    • 6. Just one more little thing

    • 7. Final thoughts

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About This Class

Create beautiful reusable giftwrapping that is simple to make but still has a wow-effect!

Do you love to wrap gifts but hate wasting wrapping paper? Then this is the class for you!

In this class you will learn to sew fabric gift wrapping that is washable, reusable and customizable. It is part of a series that will get progressively more elaborate and is perfect for confident beginners that would like to learn a few new techniques.

This class will obviously give you fabulous giftwraps that don’t need to be thrown away after one use, but it will also open your mind to how much customisation is possible within one simple concept.

All of the projects take up less than half a yard of fabric so they are perfect for using up surplus fabric. A sewing machine is recommended, as is an ironing board. And basic knowledge of how both of these work would be good too. I included a pattern in each class, but will explain how to sew using your own measurements.

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The tinkery Astrid Grabner

Whatever you are, be a good one


Hi, my name is Astrid and I am a multimedia Artist. I love creating new things be it in form of sculpting, textile work, woodworking, bookbinding, painting or many more. And I also love to convey to others the joy of making things themselves and to experience the adrenaline rush of things actually working out the way you want them to (and being kind to oneself if it doesn’t).

Under the brand “thetinkery” I sell uniquely sculpted terrarium jewelry on etsy. If you want to follow along with what I’m making, follow me on my socials!

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1. Hello and welcome to the class!: Hello, my name is Astrid and then to create after Brown to tinkering, I made uniquely sculpted minute or jewelry. And I have made it my mission to create very nice. Although my professional focus is miscalled thing, Graphic Design, I'm also make me things that I've experienced in various different media such as woodworking, bookbinding, and also love sewing, growing up, but always love to give gifts to make them look nice. But the older I get more annoyed I get by the fact that beautiful wrapping papers get thrown away after just one use. And it seems incredibly wasteful to me. So I was looking into ways remedy that. This is one solution. I cannot put a series of re-usable fabric gift wrapping. The one I will show you for this class is going to be this one. In this class, you will learn to serve fabric and gift wrapping that it's washable, reusable, and customizable. It is part of a series that will progressively get more elaborate. So it is perfect for configure them to beginners that would like to learn a few. You will learn to sell fully lined and proposed to forgive traps, catching well crew, and resizing and customize and basic patterns. The patterns using this as super simple and can be customized very easily to the measurements you want. A sewing machine is recommended, is an ironing board. And basic knowledge of how to use both would also be good. Since these projects are fairly small as well, they are also a great way to get rid of that half a yard of fabric Cuba, because it looks cool, but you never find a good way to use it. The class is teared towards confident beginners. There are few technical aspects that might seem a little bit tricky, but I will do my best to make them easy for you. This class. Obviously, if you're fabulous, new gift for apps can be used multiple parents that are really, really tall. But it will also open up your mind to how much customization actually possible within just one simple concept. And I hope you are as excited as I am to get started. 2. The gift of learning: For your class project, you will, so you're very young fabric and gift wrapping and add attached to it That's completely urine will take you along every step of the way through choosing that the fabric, adapting the pattern to your own needs. And of course, step-by-step instructions for learning use kill is always an adventure and we'll take this one together. I'm very excited to see what we create together. So let's get into it. 3. What you need: First off, let's talk fabrics. For this project. You want to vote when fabric without any stretch to it. I opened for Canvas. You could also, for example, go for 12 or some kind of denim. Before you do anything with the fabric, you'll want to watch it because new fabric tends to shrink. Thicker fabric also tend to unravel a little bit when you throw them in the washing machine. If you want to avoid that, you can choose sex, act the edges. And otherwise, you can just cut off the remnants. Most of the fabrics I bought photos project where print on demand and we're already derived size and orientation that I needed. If you kept your pattern pieces from a bigger piece of fabric, you need to pay attention to the direction of the wave, which you can identify bipolar cell pinch, lovin fabrics as the ones we're working with today, a stretch more diagonally. This is more of an issue with closing than it is with the back we're working with today. And if you buy a pattern, it will most likely have to direction of the wave marked on it. As a rule of thumb, most pattern pieces will be laid down vertically to the salvage. And with our little back, we're going to do chess that if you have a piece of fabric, you can no longer tell the direction. You don't need to worry that. And before you start sewing, it's also always a good idea to iron your fabric. Now know ironing isn't the coolest thing in the world. But for sewing, it really does make a difference if you're working with flat material. 4. How to sew the Treatbag Version 1: This project, we need both an outer underlining fabric. Threat. A couple of pins, Taylor's chalk, a pair of scissors, and also not shown here, something to measure like a ruler, for instance, a detailed pattern if provided in the class description. But for the purpose of this video, we're just going to go for a piece of 68 by 50 centimeters, cut both from your outer fabric and from your lining fabric and a piece of seven by 147 centimeters for the Ribbon closure. You can also check a pre-made ribbon. If you can pay attention to the width of the fabric, and if you want to use different measurements, the ratio is one to 1.36, which is roughly ten measurements. So you could just use a piece of printer paper as your pattern, fold IN your ribbon. And so it with a generous seam allowance, which we will afterwards kept back to make Hitler less bulky. Do turn it. A thin piece of cartilage here, chopsticks work best. After we turned it. We want to iron it again and fold in the end to make it nice and crisp spread. Then going to top stitch pretty close to the next tab. We want to cut our outer fabric and half. The next step is optional, but I am Dan about one centimeter to make the scene easier to sell. Next up is the channel for the ribbon. For a two centimeter ribbon, we want to mark down seven centimeters from the top on both sides of both our two pieces of fabric. And we then want to cover really small, not trust to help us later. And cut off the corners to reduce bulk. For our channel within one to fold in about one centimeter on the side and pin it down. And then so it from the side. You always want to start off by sewing a little bit to the back and forth to really and cut down your thread when you come to your notch, which was also marked by the Pinterest to be sure. So back and forth again. Then pin down, yet seen alive down like so. Fold your ribbon in half and market with a pen. Then lay it down on your fabric and then fold the fabric over and pen as you go. This way, you will know exactly how big you need your tunnel to be, even if you didn't measure exactly. Also pay close attention to lining up the corners nicely. The other side gets the same treatment without a ribbon. Once that's done, we're going to lay the two pieces together pretty side to side. And you guessed it, pin it down again. We're then going to serve them together with about a centimeter Semillon, first in a straight stitch and then NSX x close to the edge. So it does Dan Rather. Next, we want to kind of pull out the coordinates. Measure seven centimeters down from the seam of the Kuhn. Please excuse to second mark there. I've changed my mind how big I want to buy them to be. And then pin it down again. Mark with your chalk where you want to sell. And so it down the edges by hand. Unfortunately, for the edge of that process was lost. But I do believe I still have a doctor lining. And we'll explain it in that sense. We want make a channel of width, the lining. We need to cut off a piece from the top and assets and only one piece instead of two, we can take up to centimeters at the side as well. The rest is pretty much cut and paste. So decides to bottom together first with straight stitch and then stitch. I cut off the corners here, but it isn't really necessary. Apparently, I lied when I said I showed the marking here. I've basically laid it down flat and then draw the line with a triangle ruler. But we do have some really sexy sewing corners here with a bit of cancellation. This doesn't need to look very pretty on the inside. But if you can try to serve the corners to the seam allowance rather than poke through the fabric to make it look nice from the outside. Now we have to back to back as underwrite. The lining is still inside out and now you want to stuffed aligning and two, the outside back. When during that tried to line up the corners on the bottom and tried to make it lineup someone flat before first kind of roughly pinning it down and then taking out the pins from the ham and folding to him from the outer fabric of the NFV break. This can get a little bit trickier since we're working with multiple layers of kind of stiff fabric here. So do take your time when you come to the point where the two parts after channel lineup folds in the lining fabric a little bit to kind of create a bit of a hand and then pin it down again. Otherwise, there's a chance that the role for breakfast show very little, probably insignificant bit. And then we're going to sell that same down all the way around. When you reach the end or rather the beginning again, a little bit back and forth to secure that same parallel Beta. And make sure to not cut your thread up two clips. Because we want to solve it by hand. To be on the safe side. For this, you just make the coordinated stitch that provides a good amount of threat on the inside of your fabric to secure it rather than cut it off directly. And as a finishing touch, we're going to secure the corners of our ribbon channel with the infamous lead us to change. But based you want to make a small stitch on one side and then directly continue with a small stitch on the other side, pulling it tight as you go. But you want to make sure to still leave room for the ribbon to move or you will lose the reversible quality of pepper gift bag. And now we're done. Congratulations, he made a fabulous that'll gift bag, which you can attest to the size of your gift. Tie a bow in to laboriously and declaratively as you want. Also, creating a handle to carry it around. 5. How to sew the Treatbag Version 2: For this next back, we're again going to start out with an outdoor fabric and aligning fabric. If I had gotten it, I probably wouldn't have can fit this particular fabric because it's thin and the throat, but it looks really nice with the base. So we're just going to go for it. Fast wise. We're going to again go for 68550. Possible pay attention to, to leave. The ratio is also the same time you can go with any dean measurements. And if you want to detail pattern, it's going to be available in the class description. We're also going to need cro thread and either coordinating our contrasting color. Of course, pen, Taylor's chalk. And again, something to measure. Role, the triangle ruler or a tape measure first triggering to soda Velcro. It needs to be put in at the quarter after width on both sides. I measured 1.5 centimeters seam allowance and pinned, and then pinned again 16 centimeters from that. This of course, needs to happen on both sides. Then we kept the Velcro. I decided to go for 18 centimeter, but in retrospect, I should have gone for a little bit more. It makes the bag more versatile even if you want to go for smaller gauge or whatever else you want to put into it. So anyways, you cut me about craft media. Milan's from the top and placed itself. When you pin it down and you will quickly realize tending Velcro is no fun because it's such a stiff material, but take your time to fluff his, though it's easier when saying down, velcro works best to use the edge, whether snow hooks on them, materialists pin that down, interconnection will be more stable. Now, fold the fabric can harm and line up the Velcro soda when lineup better later. Pin their chest together, that's still leaving depends for the seam allowance. And so decide and the bottom leave up the top to of course, open the thing later. First with a straight, then with SXX fetch. Promised measuring footage, you measure seven centimeters from the same on those two bottom corners. And on the side of the fold, put it appends to mark that line. So when you now pull it apart to create that corner, it is easier to align the CMAP straight. Then use to try and go through all that to mark where I wanted to sell. Then we need to slow it down before we've pulled to now created coordinated to the metal lining up nicely and then pin them down to secure them where I can code to handle to the seam allowance, which basically finishes up our packet. So you can now turn to the right side again. If you wanted to, you can just fold the top of twice, make a theme and use it as is. But honestly, whereas the fan, and so we're just going to take a second to pat ourselves on the shoulder, start the whole process over again with a different fabric workers. And he didn't year threat. Then we pinned up the side and the bottom cutoff to seam allowance, big sack, the edges, measure, pulled off the corners, pin them, crawl where we want to solve. So again, pinned corners to the bottom and hence ceratin down to bring the two facts together, we want to create a double whammy on the toddler were folded over once ins down, folded over and iron again until it like this. All nice and professional. When we put the two tickets out to bag is already turned and lining layer is still inside out. We want to put lining into the out to beg again, being careful to match up the corners on the bottom while still gently polling to line up the tops of both bags and strategically pending. Now we want to fold out the fabric of the lining fabric, painting it down. Here. Thinner fabric rarely works to our advantage. Video one would have resisted more. Some remnants of threads are showing, just cut them off and leave So around the whole perimeter, the back and that set to close it. You folded up like so. I'm fan use velcro of both sides to adjust it to the size of her gift or snack you put in. 6. Just one more little thing: So to recap, we made this very cute bag, this really cute bag. And off camera, I size this down into this really cute bag. It has French seams to it and no lining. The top is also a little bit different. Look to it doesn't make sense. There's so many changes we need to edit the person in here to really, really quick. I cut to pieces, fabric in postcards side and a blue thread. This plot, this plot. Let's go for this one. As we're going without a lining, we need to double him. One side, the other side will become a channel, so that can just be folded over one. The next really important step is to randomly find exactly the right shade of blue as the bubble next to him, the side that will how the ribbon, as this was such a thin fabric. I heavily relied. I mean, besides our hands as close to the edge basically as you can leave the top. For now. Continuing with this PSU, want to turn it over and fold over channel that holds the ribbon. You can check on the backside of the pace where to place your same and then turn it over. And actually so now we want to attach the pieces together with French sense for this, you want to lay them together with the ugly side like this and then pin them to get them. If you didn't measure as I obviously didn't, you will have a little bit of overhang because one side is the same as the other one is a tandem. But you can't just cut that off. You then want to attach them to get them pretty close to the edge. And then snip the coordinates for an unnecessarily long amount of time. You also want to cut down disable allowance. Oh, oh, apparently not. Turn it over to the other side. There, you'll regret it later. Then you turn it over to the other side. Remember, you should have cut down the seam allowance, but don't worry. You can just cut the pieces off and turn it over again and we'll make the bottom. For best size. I just measured two centimeter on each side and then mock them. Pulled out the edges and mark them at a right angle from the theme, which was then down really thin fabric. I find it helps to start from the middle. Photo finishing touches. The bags now needs to be turned over again. This point, you could hand so the corners down if you want to. But I don't think it's really necessary. So this step you'll need a safety needle or ribbon. And the lighter melt the edges of the synthetic ribbon with a lighter. Push just safety needle thread, and then continue to push it through the channel we created. As this is such a small bag, This won't take you long at all. This is the perfect size, but gifting thread to that special someone. Once it failed, it just folded over as much as you need. And then you pull up the edge and connect them by tying a bow. And I have to say full time the quick and dirty project turned that carefully. I hope this goes to show you that things don't always go as planned. And if you learn something, something's going to happen to the way you want it to. And that's absolutely okay. Because in the end, it's all about having fun coming up with things that you didn't even expect. 7. Final thoughts: I hope you had fun in this class and feel confident to tackle your own multi-use give banks. Don't be too hard on yourself if things don't go exactly the way you want them to, they're going to have a much easier time looking at crafting as a journey where you continuously learn new skills than likely arriving at a destination. And now you suddenly only get perfect results. As I am a multimedia artist with my heart and soul, I love to try new things and see what does kill can teach me not only in tangible products and projects, but also in an underlying structure after scale. What I personally find what sewing is, that it tends to be a very structured process. There are some steps that really needs to happen in a specific order for it all to work out. I hope that this project will not only encourage you to make your own reusable bags because they are good for environment and look super cute. But it might also give you skills or maybe rather a way of looking at it's applicable to a multitude of other projects you'd like to tackle. But when you actually don't hesitate to write me if you have any questions about this project. And again, the pattern for gift bags is in the Class Resources folder. Please share what you made in the class project. And if you post pictures of it on Instagram, don't hesitate to take me to tinkering, be selling. And I hope to see you in the next class.