May Arts Ribbon Blog

Ribbon Gift Bags

Welcome back to the May Arts Blog!  I’m really excited to bring you a super quick project for turning your 1 inch and wider ribbon scraps from this:

Into these:

This one is large enough for a bottle of homemade flavored vinegar.


This beauty holds a jar of buttons or homemade jam.


This fun bag is perfectly dressed for a New Year’s Party.  Silver, red and sparkly stars and beads all ready for a lovely hostess gift.


Custom made gift bags in just minutes and for mere pennies thanks to May Arts!  You’ll have a deluxe gift bag that is as much a part of the gift as what is on the inside…maybe even better because it’s reusable.  

I had Christmas colors in my current stash box but you can apply this technique for any occasion.  How about little pink favor bags filled with M&M’s or lip gloss for a birthday party or red, white and blue bags for patriotic holidays?


Here’s your supply list:

  • May Arts ribbon scraps to fit the size of your gift or favor – wide widths work best
  • Sewing Machine/thread
  • Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter
  • Additional ribbon, paper,  tags, glitter, embellishments to decorate



1.  Choose May Arts ribbons that are similar in length and that blend well.  Don’t be afraid to mix wires, sheers, satins and patterns.    Decide if you want your seams on the outside (striped bag), inside (green/copper bag) or a combination of both.   Experiment and have fun!


2.  Sew narrow seams down the length of your ribbons.  Adding ribbons until your bag is as big around as you need.  Lay the bag flat on a cutting surface.   Flatten and smooth out with your hands.


3.  Trim ends of the bag evenly on both ends.


4.   Sew a 1/4” seam along the bottom of the bag.


5.  Flatten the base of the bag with your hand forming points on each side.  Sew across the points locking your seams at the beginning and end.

6.  Turn the bag right side out.   Now your bag will stand on its own!

7.  Finish the top of the bag using either a narrow hem or pinking shears.  Embellish as desired.


May Arts Ribbons used:

Striped Bag:  2” Grosgrain Stripes – 365-2-25, 365-2-15, 1/2" solid/wrinkled – EA25, 2.5” Metallic/Iridescent Wired – GC30, ¼” Gold Metallic Chain Cord – 348-14-30


Green/Gold Bag: 2.5” Metallic Copper – G72, Leaves – BY66, 1.5" silky/crushed – UK16, 2" single faced satin/bias cut – KK16

New Year’s Bag:  2.5” Solid/Silver Lines/Wired – WW01, WW14, 2.5” Tafetta/Iridecent – HM31, String/Loop – DA25


Thanks so much for spending time with us here on the May Arts Blog.  We’d love to know, “What you would you put in your Ribbon Scrap Bags”?


Blog Posted By: Charlene Driggs

  1. Michelle

    What a fabulous idea Charlene!

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    Michelle 🙂

  2. Kimberly Jones

    Great tutorial! What a creative way to use up ribbon scraps and create a gorgeous gift bag at the same time!

  3. Tona

    What a great idea. I would put a variety of gifts in them making them to fit the size gift I had.

  4. Pam Loris

    What a fabulous idea for all those scraps that we all have!! Love it!

  5. {vicki}

    I think they would be great to hold little sample size lotions, body wash, lip balm etc…

  6. Lexi

    GREAT idea for those smaller pieces of ribbon we all have 🙂

  7. Mandie Wade

    LOVE this beautiful idea!


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