Becca here from Sunflower Seams.  Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?  I have a few things I’ve picked up for the kids and needed to get them wrapped before they start snooping around.  This year I wanted to consume less trash come Christmas morning so I decided to make these quick and fun reversible fabric gift bags that we can reuse every year.

Let’s get started…

How to Sew a Reversible Santa Bag

Supplies Needed:

Heat N Bond Light Weight Non-Woven Interfacing

Fabric scraps (refer below for the dimensions needed for each size)

Ribbon or Fabric scrap for the drawstring

Coordinating Aurifil Thread

Frixion Pen

Oliso Mini Iron

Basic Sewing Supplies

Reversible Santa Bag Instructions

1/4″ seam allowance

Step One: Cut your fabric and ribbon according to the dimensions below:

  • For a small bag: two 6″ × 20″ fabric piece  (one main, one lining); one 6″ x 20″ interfacing piece; two ribbon piece cut to 22″ or two 1.5″ x 22″ fabric strip
  • For a medium bag: two 8″ x 24″ fabric piece (one main, one lining); one 8″ x 24″ interfacing piece; two 24″ ribbon piece or two 1.5″ x 24″ fabric strip
  • For a large bag: two 10″ × 30″ fabric piece (one main, one lining); one 10″ x 30″ interfacing piece; two 26″ ribbon piece or two 1.5″ x 26″ fabric strip

NOTE: If you are using a directional fabric you can cut 4 fabric pieces instead of 2 and attach them at the bottom where it would normally be folded.  Remember to divide the length measurement in half and add 1/4″ seam allowance to the bottom edge. An example cut four 6″ x 10.25″ fabric pieces.

Step Two: Using your preferred heat source, attach heat n bond interfacing per the instructions to your main fabric piece.

Step Three: Fold your fabric piece in half width-wise, right sides together and pin. Measure 5 inches from the raw edge on one side and mark with a Frixion pen.

Step Four:  Sew from the mark you made in the previous step down to the folded edge of the fabric piece. Sew along the entire length of the opposite long side.

Step Five: Make a 1/4″ snip just above the point where you stopped stitching on the one end.
Step Six: Fold down the fabric above the snip 1/4″ and press. Flip the bag over and repeat on the opposite side.
Step Seven: Fold the top raw edge of the bag down 1/4″ and press.
Step Eight: Fold the top edge of the bag down 2.25″ toward the wrong side of the bag and pin in place.  Topstitch 1/8″ from the bottom folded edge to secure.
Step Fourteen: Repeat steps 3-13 for the lining bag.
  Step Fifteen: Place the lining inside of the main bag, wrong sides together, matching up the top edges and pin.  Topstitch all the way around the top of the bags 1/8″ away from the edge to secure.
Step Ten: Using Frixion pen, mark 3/4″ from the bottom stitching line.  Topstitch along the line to form a casing.
Step Twelve: If you are making a fabric drawstring, fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise, right sides together, and press.  Starting at one short end, stitch around the long end and the other short end, leaving a 1″ opening in the center for turning.  Turn the drawstring right side out and press.  Topstitch all the way around the drawstring to close the opening.
Step Thirteen: Feed your ribbon piece through the casing with a bodkin (or a safety pin).
Step Seventeen:  Fill your bags with gifts for those special people in your life.
Happy Sewing!!
xoxo- Becca @sunflowerseams

1 Comment on DIY Reversible Santa Bags using Heat N Bond Interfacing.

  1. Carla Hundley
    October 18, 2019 at 11:27 pm (11 months ago)

    Thanks for the instructions
    for these cute bags.
    Carla from Utah