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No-Sew Holiday Gift Bag DIY

Posted Dec 04 2012 7:30am

Last night was the official kick-off to the holiday gathering season! I got together with the entire Girls Goals Group (minus 1 because she lives in Texas) for dinner and drinks at The Local.

The Girls Goals Group is a small group of my friends who email on Mondays with their weekly goals. We report back the next Monday on how we did the previous week and what our new goals will be for the following week. I see these ladies on a somewhat regular basis but this just allows us to share more bits and pieces of our lives that normally we probably wouldn’t even think to mention in a regular conversation. I’m really thankful for such a great group of friends!

I decided that since it was our last little gathering of the year I would bring a few little gifts to say “Thanks for being great friends!”. I didn’t want to do anything big and make people feel awkward. That is never the right way to start out a fun night. Instead I made these cute little manicure kit bags.

It is a DIY y’all!

Ok, lets just get to the point about these bags. They are easy. They are no-sew. They can be made with any scrap of fabric that you have. They were inspired by this pin from Pinterest . I am not a professional crafter. <—Which you will quickly find out.

In the Mix -square scraps of fabric
-glue gun

I picked up a few pieces of fabric squares about a month ago to make some fabric necklaces. Including in the bunch was this cute fabric that looked like it had peppermints on it. Perfect for the holidays without being too cheesy.

I wanted this to be a little gift bag with a draw string so I needed to make sure to make a spot for the ribbon to go through.

First I glued down the vertical sides of the fabric to make it look a little more clean and sewn together. In the process I learned that hot glue guns are actually hotter than I thought. OUCH.

Next I took the shorter length of the fabric (the tops of the bag) and folded it over to create the loop where the ribbon will go. I put a pencil on the fabric and used that to judge about how much of the fabric to fold over.

Fold the fabric in half lining up the two short sides at the top. Glue together the sides. Make sure to stop right where the loop part starts so you don’t glue together where the ribbon should loop through. Confused yet?

Loop the ribbon through the holes (like a U) until the ends of the ribbon are together on one side.

Tie the ends in a knot.

Scrunch the fabric together and then tie the ribbon in a bow to secure the drawstring.

These little bags were becoming manicure kits. Although I wanted them to be cute and useful, I didn’t want to spend a million dollars to make them. I was on the hunt for manicure items and came across this cute little kit from Forever 21’s beauty line, Love & Beauty. At $1.50 each I was able to pick up one for each bag (5) and 1 for me to use when I’m traveling.


I also included a fun Holiday nail color, Essie’s Really Red. I absolutely adore this bright red and it is perfect for any season of the year really.

All together in their own little bag!

I picked up a few snowflake stickers at Target and added them to little circles that I cut out of red and cream cardstock. I threaded the circles through the ribbon.

For Your Mistletoes!

Everyone seemed to enjoy the little bags when I handed them out last night and my glue blisters felt almost like wounds of pride as I told them they were handmade.

I’m in the process of putting together a few other cute little gift bags that would make great stocking stuffers or grab bag type gifts. I’ll post them later this week.

From my non-crafty home to yours…Happy DIYing!

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