Handmade DIY Burlap Gift Bag

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This DIY burlap gift bag can be used for so many things.  Today, I’m using mine for clever packaging to accompany my Mason Jar Bird Feeder to give a bag of birdseed with the gift.

Burlap gift bags can be used for wedding favors, bridal showers, birthday gifts, and more, the possibilities are endless.  I was wandering around my local craft store looking for some simple drawstring bags to put birdseed in but, of course, I couldn’t find any.  

Determined to walk away successfully, I decided on some beautiful, yet simple, wide burlap ribbon.  

You can sew this on a sewing machine or use my idea of hand-stitching the bag together with some heavy-duty twine and a crochet hook.

Here’s what I used to make the DIY burlap gift bag:

  • 5″ wide burlap ribbon
  • a crochet hook
  • contrasting twine
  • ready-made gift tag (yellow with arrow)
  • a miniature silk succulent

How To Make A Handmade DIY Burlap Gift Bag

DIY Burlap Gift Bag Instructions

  1. Cut the ribbon into approximately a 2′ section and fold it in half.  The fold will be the bottom of the bag.  
  2. Starting at the bottom of one side, hold the two pieces together tightly and use the crochet hook to poke through the back side first, and then the front side of the ribbon.  
  3. Use the hook to pull the twine through the hole and then tie the first end of the twine off with a double knot.  
  4. Use the crochet hook again to make the next hole and pulled the twine through, wrapping it around the outer edge as pictured, until you get to the top.
  5. Once you get to the top, tie the end of the twine off with a knot again and then repeat the process on the opposite side.  

You’re just creating a wrap-around stitch all the way up each side.  Now I have a bag with the top left open. You can either leave the tails at the bottom a little longer or cut them short and tight.  I opted for the purposely left-long look.  

I put birdseed in a clear bag first and then dropped it down inside my new burlap bag DIY.  Using my ready-made gift tag, I hot glued a silk succulent to the tag, then tied the tag around the top of the bag.  I also tied it shut with a piece of twine.  

I wanted to be sure it stayed secure during shipping.  I used the clear bag inside the burlap bag to keep the birdseed from seeping out of the burlap.  It’s not 100% necessary if you’re using tightly woven burlap, but it could make a mess if you don’t.  That’s it.  

My cost per bag is only about $1.50 with all supplies included. I would love to hear what you’re going to use your handmade burlap gift bag for.  If you like what you’ve read here today, I hope you’ll sign up for my newsletter using the link on the right side of this page.   Happy DIY-ing!

handmade burlap bag

If you like crafts with burlap, I have burlap flowers DIY tutorials that you will love. I’ve also made several tutorials on how to make a burlap bow and how to make a bow out of wrapping paper.

Happy crafting,


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