I am sort of obsessed with making things fit and wrapping a gift is no exception. When I needed to wrap a friends 8″X10″ wedding gift it seemed like a good opportunity to try out this dish towel bag idea that was floating around in my head. The gift was just the right size and IKEA has this really cute striped dish towel for $3 that I wanted an excuse to buy….all the pieces were fitting together in my brain. It was time to fit them together in real life! I jumped in so fast I forgot to take many pictures but I will explain below how I did it. Measurements may be different depending on the size of the gift you are wrapping.
1.) Measure your item and leave an extra inch of dish towel on each side and 4 extra inches at the top.
2.) Fold the top over 1.5″ keeping the wrong sides together and iron. Sew a seam about 1.25″ down from the ironed edge.
3.) Put 6 buttonholes (3 groups of 2 see pic below) along the top flap you just sewed down. Space them out where you want the ribbons to tie. Make sure they are not too close to the edge.
4.) Fold each side in (towards the wrong side of towel) 1/4″ twice, iron and stitch to create a finished edge along each of the sides. You can see in the pic below step 5, I only folded each side in once so the edge doesn’t look finished-oopsie!
5.) With wrong sides together fold the bottom edge up to the seam you sewed in step 2 and iron. Stitch along each side to make a large pocket.
6.) Sew 3 ribbons on the top so that when you turn the flap over the ribbons will go through the buttonholes. and tie them in bows
I added a little wooden tag which was so simple! You can buy them at a craft store. I stained it with a little minwax and then stenciled on the couple’s last name. Here is another example, I like the black on brown because it stands out.