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I've always hated the way gift bags are purchased, used once, and tossed. Lately I've started making unique bags that work to deliver a special gift, but that the recipient can keep and use as a tote later. Here you will find instructions for a standard gift bag and a bag for wine or spirits. Both bags are quilted and the batting between the outer and the lining gives the bags some extra strength and the ability to stand upright as a paper gift bag would. Never tried quilting before? Don't worry, everything is explained in this easy project. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic sewing skills required. Beginning machine quilting will be covered. SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Basic gift bag - 8 wide by 5 deep by 10 tall Wine/spirit bag - 4 wide by 4 deep by 13 tall

Supplies Needed

  • Basic gift bag - 1/2 yard quilter's cotton for outer and handles and ; 1/2 yard contrasting or complimentary fabric for lining; 1/2 yard needled cotton batting, or scraps left from another project; 1/2 yard cotton cord to fill handles.
  • Wine/spirit bag - ..." yard quilter's cotton for outer and handles; 1/3 yard contrasting or complementary fabric for lining; ..." yard needle cotton batting, or scraps left from another project; 1/2 yard cotton cord to fill handles
  • Rotary cutting tools (self healing mat, rotary cutter, quilter's ruler) or fabric shears

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Kay Stephenson is a freelance writer and fiber artist living in Atlanta, Ga with her husband, Mark, and her dog, Lady. Working in several fiber related craft areas, she combines quilting, crochet, and wet felting techniques to create unique works of art. Kay blogs about her craft at She says, "I learned to crochet, knit and sew at my mother's knee. She could do it all from sewing to tatting, crochet, knitting, embroidery. I learned to knit when I was about 6 or 7 and just never stopped learning new crafts and techniques."