10 Inventive Ways to use Zakka-Inspired Gift Bags {tutorial + giveaway}

Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew & Crochet Along. I am sharing a wonderful zakka-inspired gift bag perfect for holiday gift giving. sewing giveawayIn fact, you won’t want to miss all the handmade gift ideas! I have joined over 100 bloggers to share some amazing homemade gift ideas…….and I get to be part of an amazing sewing giveaway too. More on the giveaway below.

Be sure to check it out. I was inspired to make these humble gift bags by a desire to give teachers money at the holidays. I always want to give teachers money (or gift cards) because they spend so much of their own on classroom supplies but it can feel odd and uncomfortable.  A sweet little gift bag adds just the right amount of handmade to the whole exchange.  It’s also a great way to give money to anyone in an extra special way…your broke Uncle or ramen-eating sister, anyone really! It is my favorite way to take the awkwardness out a gift of cold hard cash.

How-To Make Zakka Inspired Gift Bags

I find little gift bags so handy that I pulled together ten other inventive ways to use them:

1.  Jot down your favorite sangria recipe, tuck it into the gift bag and attach it to a bottle of wine as a gift for your spunky neighbor.

2. Tuck little surprises into each bag and build your own advent calendar or 12 Days of Christmas treats

Skip to my Lou Tutorial : Handmade Gift Bag for Teacher Gifts | a happy stitch

3. Holiday party sweets for kids: Surprise your little guests with a bag of holiday sweets after a holiday party.

4. Dinner party surprises: Give a bag of specialty chocolates or after-dinner mints to each person at a holiday dinner party.

10 Inventive Ways to use Zakka-Inspired Gift bags

5. Cookie Recipe exchange: Copy your famous snickerdoodle recipe onto an index card and store it in the gift bag, attach the bag to a tin of cookies for your host.

6. Tea Lover’s Gift: Tuck a dozen bags of speciality tea into the gift bag and warm the hands and hearts of a tea-loving friend.

10 Inventive Ways to use Zakka-Inspired Gift bags

7. Gift for a friend: Surprise a friend with a  few thoughtful gifts in her own reusable bag.

10 Inventive Ways to use Zakka-Inspired Gift bags

8.  Hang the gift bag on the Christmas tree with special sweets for a Christmas morning treat for the kids.

9. Attach a gift bag with a special note or extra gift card to another gift to make it extra special.

10 Inventive Ways to use Zakka-Inspired Gift bags

10. Slip a fabric napkin and handful of family recipes into a gift bag and attach it to specialty kitchen supplies as a gift for a foodie.

10 Inventive Ways to use Zakka-Inspired Gift bags

I hope you are inspired to make a handful of gift bags! Now, be sure to enter the giveaway for a sewing machine (can you even beleive it!!).  There are about a gazillion ways to win! Good luck.

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16 Comments on 10 Inventive Ways to use Zakka-Inspired Gift Bags {tutorial + giveaway}

  1. kim t.
    November 14, 2014 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    I love all of the precious handmades from my children.

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    • Melissa Q.
      November 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s so sweet Kim!

      Reply
  2. Gigi
    November 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Great gift ideas!

    It’s so sad but I can’t remember receiving any handmade gifts except for artwork from my kids for all the holidays. What does this say about me?

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    • Melissa Q.
      November 14, 2014 at 2:31 pm (2 years ago)

      OH no!! This must change…gotta get Leila stitching.

      Reply
  3. Chacoy
    November 14, 2014 at 4:21 pm (2 years ago)

    My sister made me a beautiful scarf that she knit herself, it is perfect, soft, warm and it was made with love!!!

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  4. Chacoy
    November 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

    My sister knit me a beautiful scarf that is warm, soft and every time I wear it I think of her!! Love it!!

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  5. Chacoy
    November 14, 2014 at 4:34 pm (2 years ago)

    My comment keeps saying duplicate comment so I hope this one works?!!
    I love all the handmade gifts my son has made me growing up but appreciate any and all handmade gifts that are given to me. I love that every time I look at it it reminds me of them and that they put so much thought and time into something for little old me!!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      November 15, 2014 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

      Ugh, sounds like the robots are acting up! Sorry! I got your comment. 🙂

      Reply
  6. Jen
    November 15, 2014 at 12:50 am (2 years ago)

    You are amazing. I love the way your pocketbook strap sits on your shoulder.

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    • Melissa Q.
      November 15, 2014 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

      Aw, thanks you!

      Reply
  7. Kristen Gilmore Powell
    November 15, 2014 at 8:23 am (2 years ago)

    these bags are adorable and i Love your 10 ideas!!

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    • Melissa Q.
      November 15, 2014 at 10:56 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks K! Good luck!

      Reply
    • Melissa Q.
      November 17, 2014 at 8:59 am (2 years ago)

      Sounds perfect!

      Reply
  8. lesley
    November 16, 2014 at 4:25 pm (2 years ago)

    a holly hobby quilt when i was little from a lady at our church – i still have it

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    • Melissa Q.
      November 17, 2014 at 8:58 am (2 years ago)

      Holly Hobby! I loved Holly Hobby and my aunt made me a handmade Holly Hobby doll. Oh, the memories!

      Reply

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