Give a gift in this felt bag that’s woven with love! Strips of felt come together in a checkerboard pattern for special handmade wrapping that’s also reusable. And because weaving and simple stitches are so easy, kids of all ages can make these with minimal help from a grown-up!
These bags measure about 6 x 9 inches, so they’re ideal for little gifts like candies, tiny stuffed animals, pens and note pads, socks, or craft supplies. You could even make eight bags—one for each night of Hanukkah!
Felt is fun to work with and it doesn’t fray so you can leave the edges of the material showing. It can stretch a bit, so it’s best to avoid filling these bags with anything too heavy.
Now, let’s get weaving!
You’ll need to keep all the strips close together, and the edges may look a little uneven at first.
Fold the bag in half again. Match up the edges of the strips with the edges of the bag. Use clips or pins to hold the strips in place.
Smooth out the weaving and make sure that the checkerboard pattern looks even.
Stitch the sides of the bag with running stitch and all six strands of embroidery floss. Remove the clips or pins as you go.
Hold one end of a handle inside the bag. Stitch through the bag and handle with running stitch.
Next, go back and fill in the gaps in the running stitch. Secure the end of the thread with a knot.
Repeat this for the other end of the handle, then again for the second handle.
Now your woven gift bag is all finished and ready to fill!
Themed bags with small gifts are fun to give and receive! For the first one, we chose some colorful pencils and pens, then added sticky notes and washi tape. Stickers, glue sticks, or cute paper clips would also be perfect.
For a more crafty bag, we included embroidery floss, fun scissors, and a measuring tape. You could also add a fat quarter of fabric, needles, and a mini embroidery hoop!
Candies and other treats are always a fun addition to any gift bag!
No matter what you include inside, this is a great project to create something cute and reusable together.