The easiest way to make a DIY gift bag is to start with a pre-made bag. I call this Handmade-ish. Adults and children can be introduced to embellishments using this tutorial. Read the end to use this project with toddlers as well.
This is a simplified version of The Lost Apron: Sweet Gifts.
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Embellishments: Follow the instructions from the tutorial download below for the embellishments.
Ties: Remove the ready-made ties from the bags and follow the instructions to insert the ties with ribbon of your choice.
Download the PDF file: Download Sweet Gifts Tutorial
Make it a Child Project
Every chance I get I am trying to teach my granddaughter new things. I try to use some of the same projects I do with my sewing students, but make them simpler for her.
She definitely had more fun with my iPhone mounted tripod and bluetooth remote than making the bag.