These fat quarter-friendly gift bags are fun to make and give! Linda shows you how to make the larger size.


Hi I'm Linda Augsburg, Editorial Content Chief of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and this show me how video is brought to you by Baby Lock and the Imagine Serger, we're going to show you how to use your serger to make this fun lunch bag style gift bag.? Now this gift bag would be great for birthdays in a balloon fabric like this; anniversaries, weddings or of course the holiday season in the beautiful metallic. And then you can also make the smaller version and I thought this was adorable for Valentine's Day or just to show somebody that you care. The instructions are available at and both sizes of instructions are available in that download. Let's get started. This project is super fat quarter friendly, you can get both a large and small gift bag out of two coordinating pieces, fat quarters of fabric. You want to cut 10 x 11 inch pieces, two of your front fabric or your outside, two of your lining and then two of a heavy weight sewing interfacing. If your fabrics are directional you'll want to make sure that the 11 inches is going in the up down direction so that in this case my balloons are going in the right direction on my bag. After you've cut those pieces you also need to cut one 1 1/8th by 3, this is a little longer than 3 inch strip of biased fabric and of course a button, I like to trim this piece down once I've decided which button I'm going to use and I decide how long that loop to be. Now with that fabric, that little strip 1 1/8th inch by 3 or more inches that you cut for your loop, you're going to take it an fold it right sides together and I'm going to use my sewing machine to sew a very, nice quarter inch seam along that edge. So I've got a tube with that seam sewn. I'm going to turn it right side out and press, that's going to be my loop that I wrap around the button. So you just want to make sure since it's such a small piece of fabric to start with and you're on the bias, again it's going to stretch a little, you want to make sure that your very careful about that one quarter inch seam. And turning it right side out. To start you're going to based one of the front pieces or the outside pieces to the interfacing that's sew in, and I just took a scant serger seam so I'm a little outside of the regular serger seam allowance, I wasn't trimming anything off, but that just let me sew these two pieces together so they work better together as one. And they don't separate as I'm working. I've done that to both pieces for the outside of the bag. Then I'm going to turn those pieces right sides together, making sure again that my direction is the same. I'm going to trim the bottom corners 1 ? inch squares out of the bottom corner, so this is 1 ? inches and 1 ? inches, I'm going to trim both corners of the outside of the bags. And then I'm going to do the same on the lining fabric, which I've placed right sides together and I'm going to trim those two 1 ? inch squares out of the corner. Then I'm going to sew the two sides and the bottom of the bag and I'm going to sew one side and the bottom of the lining and then I'm going to serge an inch or so at the top leaving about four inches opening for turning and then a few more inches at the bottom for the side seam. And then I have an opening in the side seam so I can turn the bag right side out when it's done. So as I'm surging, I'm just making sure I keep the fabric out of the way of the blade, I don't want to lose any size in my bag so I just want to make sure I'm not cutting any fabric away. So to make the corner into boxed corner, you just pull the two layers apart and line up those edges and I like to make sure my seam allowance is going in two different directions, and just line that up so it's nice and flat and serge over that cut edge as well, so that's what makes that boxed corner in the lining of the bag. Before you actually sew the front to the back, you want to be sure you attach that biased loop. You can make that loop as long as necessary to go around your button, that's why I left a little extra length depending on how much you want your bag to fold over, and how large your button is you might need a little extra fabric. Once you've decided how long it needs to be, trim it off and just based or serge it in place. So once you've sewn the two outside pieces together and the two lining pieces together you're going to turn the outside right side out, leave the lining wrong side out and you're going to slip the outside of the bag inside the lining. Which seems a little counter intuitive but this is the way it'll go together best. You want to make sure your seams on the sides are pressed in the correct direction as they are when they are sewn in at the bottom and once you get it nice and lined up you're going to serge along this top edge all the way around. So now I've turned everything right side out through the opening in the lining stitched the lining closed by hand and machine and tuck it inside the machine. I'm going to press along this edge and top stitch a quarter inch from there. So once you've top stitched along that edge, you'll need to fold or iron some creases into the sides to make this bag fold like a paper bag typically does. You'll sew the button through the outer and lining layers, giving it a little shank for distance if you need to so the loop can wrap around it and it's not tight around the fabric and then just loop your loop over the button and your gift bag is ready to go. For added stability you can add a piece of cardboard to the base inside the bag, just to give the bag a little more structure. Those measurements are in the pdf and that pdf is at Thanks for joining us.