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5 minute upcycled gift bag sewing tutorial

upcycled scarf gift bag sewing tutorial

Scrambling to get out the door this holiday season and need to wrap something in a hurry? This is almost as quick and easy as store bought wrapping paper; a 5 minute upcycled scarf bag! This is day 8 of 12 Days of (upcycled) Christmas tutorials, an alternative to traditional wrapping paper that will end up in the trash and a useful way to reuse scarves with holes, etc. It would be easy to add applique, iron-on, or embroidery to jazz the bag up even more!


This a Land’s End faux-cashmere that is 100% acrylic, so I wasn’t inclined to saving it for a “nice” upcycled wool project, but it is perfect for a gift bag! It had several burn holes in it that could have been mended, but  opted to chop them off and use it as a gift bag instead!

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What do you think? Would this fit in under your tree? What else do you think is worth upcycling into a gift bag? I’d love to hear about how else you’re cutting down on waste during the holiday season!

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Sew this upcycled gift bag in 5 minutes with an old scarf and some ribbon! Great sewing project for beginners with a photo tutorial or simple inspiration for experienced sewists. #sewing #upcycle #christmas

How to sew a scarf into a gift bag


  • Old scarf
  • Rotary cutter &quilt ruler or scissors & marking tool
  • Golden braid or ribbon
  • Sewing machine & coordinating thread


Step 1: Fold your scarf in half with the fringe meeting at the top. Chop off the bottom, however long you’d like! I went with roughly 13″ tall, excluding the fringe.

Step 2: Pick a piece of trim roughly 10″ longer than your scarf is wide. Center it and sew it on for 3 inches wide on the back, 3 inches down from the top.

Step 3: Tuck the ribbon tails inside and put the 2 rectangle right sides together. Sew around all 3 sides without fringe. Turn it right side out and start using it, gathering the top up with one hand and tying the trim in a bow around it with the other!

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