Burlap Gift Bags

Recently I saw a cute idea on pinterest for wrapping gifts with burlap.  The idea came from the craftsalamode blog.   I remembered I had some leftover burlap from a project I made several years ago.  I pulled the burlap out of my fabric closet but decided I didn’t really have enough to actually wrap many gifts.   So, I put my scissors and sewing machines to work and came up with these simple and very easy to make gift bags.

burlap gift bags  www.kimberleeskorner.com/blog

If you have a serger or sewing machine and know how to make a simple crochet chain you can make these bags in less than an hour – both of them.

Supplies needed:

  • 1/2 yd burlap
  • fabric scissors
  • yarn – just a bit of scrap yarn or ribbon
  • serger set up for 3 thread overlock
  • sewing machine set up for straight stitch


  • Cut your burlap desired size of bag you want to make.  I cut mine 12 in. by 12 in. or 12 in. by 10 in.
  • Use your serger to serge up sides and bottom of bag OR you can use your regular sewing machine if you don’t have a serger but you will want to go back and zigzag the edgesserge sides and bottom of burlap  www.kimberleeskorner.com/blog
  • Sew the lower bottom corners to “box” the bag, if desired – approx. 1 in. on each cornerbox lower corners of burlap bag  www.kimberleeskorner.com/blog
  • chain 65 to 75 chains with a size K, L or N crochet hook – or whatever size fits the yarn you are using – with your scrap yarncrochet chain for burlap bag tie
  • Fold crochet chain length in half and sew at that halfway point to one side of bag, approx. 1 1/2 to 2 in. from the top edge  Note:  you could also use ribbon in place of the yarn if you wanted to

I took a white elephant gift to a party recently in one of these little bags and was surprised when it was the first gift picked.  Everyone thought the bag was a cute idea and were amazed I had just made it that afternoon.  They are really simple to make.

I also thought they looked cute with the other bags I made in the past couple of years out of Christmas fabric.  These bags were created totally on the serger.  The pattern came from a great book I have called Ready Set Serge by Georgie Melot.  This book has lots of fun serger projects in it. burlap and fabric gift bags made by Kimberlee www.kimberleeskorner.com/blog

fabric gift bags made on the serger www.kimberleeskorner.com/blog

I like the idea of the burlap gift bags since they are rather simple but can be used for any type of holiday or gift.  You can always put a different color of yarn or ribbon to coordinate with the occasion.  I know they also have colored burlap and I think I will get some of that in the future to make some in various colors.

Well, all of my gifts are wrapped now and ready for Christmas day.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday – Merry Christmas! photo dbaf2cd4-dd2b-49d6-8838-f9aff3fe3cbb_zpsca4b926e.jpg


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