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Easy Felt Crafts: Keepsake Gift Bag


Here's an easy felt crafts project that shows how to make a keepsake gift bag. The bag holds the gift and becomes the storage bag as well. Or, you can use the bag as a sachet bag for your closet or storage chest. The bag can also hold a child's treasures too.

This example shows the bag with an Easy Christmas Crafts Beaded Christmas Wreath being placed inside. The bag holds several of the beaded Christmas wreaths. In addition to holding the gift, the bag can be their storage container.

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag holds treasure

Easy Felt Crafts: Keepsake Gift Bag Materials and Tools:

  • Craft felt, 9 in x 12 in, in the color of your choice
  • Yarn (size 3 or size 10 crochet yarn both work great)
  • Yarn darner needle (a pack of size 14 to 18 gives you alternatives)
  • Pins (straight or safety) (optional)
  • Chalk pencil or small piece of bar soap for marking
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

The Steps for How to Make the Easy Felt Crafts: Keepsake Gift Bag:

Cut the craft felt in half lengthwise. The result should be 4.5 inches by 12 inches.

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag cut felt



Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag fold felt

Start sewing the blanket stitch at one of the folded corners. Make sure you hide any knots or end threads inside your stitching. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag begin blanket stitch

Sew the side to the open end. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag stitch to top of bag

After making the last blanket stitch, sew several stitches around the blanket stitch. This adds strength to the stress point. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag several stitches at top

Hide the end thread within the blanket stitches and cut the thread. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag first side finished

Follow the same steps for the opposite side. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag both sides finished

Next, make the braid for holding the bag closed.

Cut strands of yarn 24 inches long in multiples of three. If you use one of the larger yarns, three strands should be enough. Smaller yarns require six or nine strands to make a strong braid. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag yarn for braid

Tie a knot in one end of the strands of yarn to hold them together. Separate the yarn in three equal sections.

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag knot for braid

Begin braiding by taking the right section over the middle section. Pull the middle to the right. Next, move the left section over the new middle (which used to be the right section) and move the middle the left. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag start braid

Pull the yarn firmly after each overlap to keep the braid consistent. Continue the alternate lapping until you get within one inch of the end. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag braid started

At the end, tie a knot in the braided yarn. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag knot at end of braid

Pull the knot firmly to tighten.

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag end of braid

Trim the ends of the braided yarn evenly. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag trim ends of braid

Mark six points one inch from the top of the bag and equidistant from each other.  

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag mark for cutting casing

Cut small slits in the felt at the marks on both sides of the bag. These slits form the casing for the braided yarn.

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag cut for casing

Thread the braid alternating in and out through the slits. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag push braid through casing

The bag is finished and ready for treasures. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag finished bag

After placing the gift items inside, pull the braid forming gathers in the top of the bag. Wrap the braid around the gathered top and tie with a simple bow. 

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag full bag>

Here, Easy Christmas Crafts Beaded Christmas Wreath ornaments spill out of the bag.

Easy felt crafts keepsake gift bag full with contents

The easy felt crafts project provides a simple and inexpensive solution for a keepsake gift bag. The treasures placed inside can also be handmade or purchased. Either way, this is easy and fun!

Enjoy!


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