Looking for a unique way to give a holiday gift? Let me help! I’m teaching you how to make these festive Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Bags.
Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Bags
Yes, my friends! I whipped up some adorable treat bags once again!
These Christmas Gift Bags might look a bit familiar. That’s because this past Halloween I made almost exactly the same thing, but used vintage Halloween graphics instead of Christmas graphics.
I heard from dozens of you that you loved these so much and wanted a Christmas version. Ask and you shall receive.
I was more than happy to oblige as I’m such a big fan of this project and they are SO easy to make! The resulting Christmas gift bags are such a unique way to present a gift. What could you put inside them?
Here are a few ideas:
- gift card
- lottery tickets
- … and the list goes on!
As you can see throughout this post, I styled these gift bags in various places throughout my home. Even if you decided to not give them as a gift, I think they’d make great décor too!
I love an old-fashioned Christmas, so for the graphics, I wanted to go vintage again. As usual, I found amazing vintage art at The Graphics Fairy. She has the best selection of vintage clip art, graphics, and illustrations.
Sidenote: If you’re looking for a more modern version of these bags, I have you covered. Check out these DIY cookie bags I made a few years ago.
I found so many that I loved, but decided to narrow the collection down to my eight favorites. These eight are available as a free download below. However, feel free to do a search for your own images if you don’t love the ones I’ve selected.
Speaking of these vintage graphics, remember last Christmas when I used a bunch of vintage graphics to craft printable holiday gift tags? It was so much fun collecting and sourcing the graphics for those gift tags. They filled me with nostalgia and the magic of Christmas traditions. If you like these bags, you’ll love those too! Be sure to check them out as I offered a free printable for those as well. Why buy gift tags when you can print them from the comfort of your own home?
But this post isn’t about tags, it’s about bags! Let me show you how easy these Christmas bags are to make!
How to Make Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Bags:
For this project you will need:
- Printable Fabric Transfer Sheets*
- 5 x 7-inch Cotton Bags** (This is the SMALL size for the one linked here.)
- Color Printer
*If you use a different type or brand of fabric transfer sheets, please follow the directions on the package.
**There are a variety of bags that you can buy. You will find the ones I used HERE. These bags are constructed from a thicker material, so they’re a bit more expensive. (They also sell out quickly, but keep checking back as they do restock them.) For a more affordable option, I recommend THESE.
Begin by downloading the printable file:
Vintage-Inspired Christmas Gift Bag Download:
You can access the download in the IBC Printable Library, which can be found HERE.
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With your PDF download successfully saved to your computer, load the printable fabric transfer sheets into your printer.
Adjust the printer settings to the highest quaintly and then print.
(You’ll notice that the printable looks backward or mirrored. This is okay. Since you’ll be ironing these transfers with the printed side down, the image of the graphic needs to be mirrored so it will read correctly when the paper backing is removed.)
Once printed, cut out each graphic as neatly as possible.
Next, make sure your iron is empty of water. Turn off the steam and then set the iron on high heat (cotton setting).
Iron the bag to remove any wrinkles. Then place the graphic on the bag so that the printed side of the graphic faces down. I positioned the graphic a bit closer to the bottom of the bag rather than in the center of it to allow for the gathering at the top when the bag is cinched shut.
Using the iron, apply heat to the transfer for 45-60 seconds. Apply medium pressure and be sure to move the iron around to avoid scorching the bag.
Repeat this heat transfer process with all of the bags and graphics. Let each bag sit until it’s cool (2-3 minutes) before gently peeling off the paper backing.
The Christmas Gift Bags are now complete and ready to be filled with whatever gifts you’re giving this holiday season.
I am majorly pleased with how these turned out! They are even better than I envisioned.
Looking for more Christmas printables? You’ll love these:
- Christmas Recipe Card Printable
- Plaid-Inspired Christmas Gift Tags
- Christmas Bottle Hang Tags
- North Pole Christmas Gift Tags
I hope you’re able to use this idea this Christmas season. Have fun with these vintage looking Christmas bags and make them your own.
I think they are such a fun, unique, and nostalgic way to present a gift. They even double as fun décor!