Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Storybook Gift Bag DIY/Tutorial

The inspiration for this DIY came to me recently when I realised a few hours out from a party that I had nothing appropriate on hand to wrap the gift I had arranged. 

This gift bag makes use of an old Enid Blyton storybook that wasn't any good for resale, but you can use any other large storybook of your choice. 

Other materials you will require:
  • 4 vintage buttons
  • ribbon, or fabric for your carry handles
  • 4 small plain white sticky dots or similar, tape would even do
  • sewing machine
  • needle and thread

First up you will need to look through your storybook and find at what points in the book the page opens up to double printed pages. You should be able to tell by whether or not you can see thread down the middle of the page.

You can remove the pages either by turning the page over and tugging it gently out of the book or alternatively snipping the threads down the center gently and removing the double page. You will need two double pages for this DIY.

Then take the pages and individually sew a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine down the centre fold of each double page, to help reinforce it. Making sure you double back at start and finish a tiny bit to secure the stitch.
Now to put the bag together,  it's as easy as sewing three straight lines. Line your pages up perfectly and sew down both sides and along the bottom, again making sure you double back at start and finish a little bit to reinforce the stitch. You should be left with an envelop.

Note: I just used the foot as a guide for the "seam allowance".
Now it's on to the handles. Looking at the centre seam, determine the centre point of the left and right hand side, take that measurement and double it. This measurement will give you the length you will need for your carry handles.

Now with needle and thread attach your handle and buttons, once you have done this you will want to reinforce the these points on the internal side of the bag by placing your sticky dots over the thread for the button attachments.
Your done!


  1. I love this idea Trudie. What a lovely way to wrap a pressie.

  2. Brilliant.
    Thank you so much for following my blog, so I could find you back.
    I do hope we become good blogger friends.

  3. What a great idea! Very sweet. xxx

  4. I really like how you personalize your gift bags! Your posting technique is awesome... Thanks for making reference to this awesome idea.


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