How to Make a Reversible Pay It Forward Gift Bag

Or for a Special Valentine

Good things fit in the finished bag.
Good things fit in the finished bag. | Source

Perfect for Sisterhood Style Gift Giving

When someone does something nice for you without expecting anything in return what better way to say thank you than to return the favour to someone else! Whether you're looking for a way to pass on some warm feelings or want to start a gift and see how far it will travel before returning to you, this handcrafted, reversible gift bag can be used over and over again for those small gifts that mean so much.

It isn't necessary to be a sewing expert to create this gift bag. There are a few seams that hold the basic little bag together. The trickiest part comes when turning the bag right side out and joining the two handle seams. With just a little bit of attention to the details and a few stitches by hand to join the lining to cover over the seam the bag is ready to go.

Environmentally conscious gift givers will especially appreciate that this little bag can be used for either men or women.

Print out the pay it forward gift bag pattern full-size on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
Print out the pay it forward gift bag pattern full-size on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. | Source
Perfect for a special Valentine.
Perfect for a special Valentine. | Source
Choose a dark and a light fabric and cut out two bags from each of the fabrics chosen,  Have right sides together when cutting out the bags.
Choose a dark and a light fabric and cut out two bags from each of the fabrics chosen, Have right sides together when cutting out the bags. | Source
Leaving the bags right side together, sew both the light and the dark bag around the bottom between the notches.  Leave an opening of about 3 inches at the bottom of the darker bag for turning the finished gift bag right side out.
Leaving the bags right side together, sew both the light and the dark bag around the bottom between the notches. Leave an opening of about 3 inches at the bottom of the darker bag for turning the finished gift bag right side out. | Source
Now you're ready to turn your bag.  Push the open end of each of the handle down inside the sewn together handles, into the body of the bag until both handles come through the opening in the bottom.
Now you're ready to turn your bag. Push the open end of each of the handle down inside the sewn together handles, into the body of the bag until both handles come through the opening in the bottom. | Source
Carefully sew the top seam of the long handle of the gift bag, making sure not to catch any of the folder dark seam allowance in your stitching.  Once both handle seams are sewn, open out the seam and tuck the seam allowance into the handles,
Carefully sew the top seam of the long handle of the gift bag, making sure not to catch any of the folder dark seam allowance in your stitching. Once both handle seams are sewn, open out the seam and tuck the seam allowance into the handles, | Source
Hand sew any remaining seams and the opening in the bottom of the bag that you turned the bag right side out through.
Hand sew any remaining seams and the opening in the bottom of the bag that you turned the bag right side out through.
Press, fill with your favorite Valentine treats, maybe some Hershey chocolate Hugs and Kisses, and enjoy a little gift bag that can be re-used (paid forward) for years to come.
Press, fill with your favorite Valentine treats, maybe some Hershey chocolate Hugs and Kisses, and enjoy a little gift bag that can be re-used (paid forward) for years to come. | Source

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

What a cute project and a great idea, both for a hub and for paying it forward! I'm looking forward to making some of these. :)


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Practical Paws 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Author

These little bags are a great way to use up left over fabric pieces but a word of warning - they are seriously addictive to make!


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M K Paul 4 years ago from India

very good hub. ur instructions easily guide anyone to make this..thanks for sharing


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Practical Paws 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Author

Hope you enjoy making these little bags as much as I do.

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