Saturday, June 30, 2012

Handmade Gift Pouch Tutorial

You have probably seen my new gift/jewelry pouches in my previous blog post. Did you like them? I am so in love with the colors of the bags and cannot wait to send it to A Cup of Sparkle customers. As I promised, here is the short tutorial showing you how to make them:

Materials: Fabric, matching thread, scissors, sewing machine, cord or ribbon

Tutorial on how to make gift pouches
1- Choose the fabric. Always consider what you will be using the bags for to determine the colors, the material, and how much fabric you will need. Pick fabrics with small patterns. I recommend geometric or symmetric patterns which saves so much time when you are cutting the fabric.

2- Cut the fabric according to the size of the bags you want. This will be the vertical length of the pouch. I made the bags big enough to put a business card inside. 

3- Fold approximately 1" of the fabric inside and sew it as shown in the photo. Sew the whole length of the fabric - this will save you so much time. This size of the channel depends on the ribbon you will use.

4- Cut the fabric again to suit the size of the pouch you want. 

5- Fold the cut outs and sew the two sides to form a pouch. Turn the bag inside out.

6- You want sharp corners for the bags. In order to do that, use a pointy object like a pen or scissors and gently poke it to the each two corners. It is very easy, but makes so much difference.

7- Draw the cord or the ribbon inside the channel you create in step 3. I used a velvet ribbon in matching brown color of the fabric.

7- TA-DA... Your gift pouches are ready to keep your jewelry, make-up, shoes, coins or anything you like. 
Handmade jewelry bag by A Cup of Sparkle

Hope you enjoyed this quick, easy tutorial. All the A Cup of Sparkle jewelry and accessories will come in these cute bags until I am out of the bags.


  1. This is a great idea! And such a nice touch! Way better than a store bought gift bag :)

  2. I love this! I am currently looking for a packaging idea as well! I'm not a big sewer, so I think I'm going the stamp route! I'm not sure yet though. I still have to decide! Thanks for this though! Very inspiring!
    xo Michelle

  3. This looks so good. I'm going to try and make it. Thanks!

  4. Very nice article. Thanks for sharing.
    Team Printo


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