little fabric bags decorated with ribbon

Tutorial written by Fiona Carter

Ribbons Galore little bags


Way back in 2009, I wrote this tutorial on my blog, living on the crafty side of life. I though it would be a good addition to the How To’s section here at Ribbons Galore. While these little fabric gift bags have been decorated for Easter, they can be made for any occasion, just change the ribbon to suit your occasion.

I often talk before about production line crafting when making several pieces of the same project. This certainly can be applied to this project. Take one step at a time, cut all your fabric and pieces of ribbon. Then have your little pile of fabric at the sewing machine and stitch each step at a time. You’ll soon have a little stack of bags.


  • fabric
  • grosgrain ribbon for tabs
  • ribbon to sew onto the bags
  • ribbon for drawstring

Fabric pouches decorated with ribbon


Step 1:

Cut fabric pieces 12cm x 28cm. Turn top and bottom hem over and sew.

Fabric pouches tutorial

Step 2:

Create little ribbon tabs for threading ribbon in a later step. I cut grosgrain ribbon approximate 5cm long and sewed them onto the fabric approximately 2-3cm from the hemmed edges.

Fabric pouches tutorial

Here’s a close up of the ribbon tabs:

Fabric pouches tutorial

Step 3:

Sew a piece of ribbon across the fabric. (Unfortunately the bunny ribbon I’ve used has sold out, however there are many other cute ribbons in store which you could use.)

Fabric pouches tutorial

Below is a photo of what the pieces of fabric will look like at this stage:

Ribbons Galore fabric pouches tutorial

Step 4:

Fold fabric right sides together and sew side seams.

Ribbons Galore fabric pouches tutorial

Step 5:

Turn the little bags right side out.

Ribbons Galore fabric pouches tutorial

Step 6:

Thread ribbon through the tabs. Fill you little bags with goodies and you’re ready for giving.

Ribbons Galore fabric pouches tutorial