Muslin Bags for Stamping, Heat Transfer Vinyl Projects and More

muslin bag craft

You can sew your own muslin bags, like the kind you find in craft stores, and it is much easier than you think.

I love it when I can save money on my craft projects. I purchased a yard of muslin for less than $1.00 from the thrift store so these were an extra frugal craft. For the cost of a couple bags, I can have LOTS OF THEM. Once finished, they can be stamped, stenciled or have heat transfer vinyl applied.

This is a very simple sewing project and a money saving option that doesn’t take much time. Hope you’ll follow along and maybe make some of your own.

When finished these are approximately 3×5 inches. You could make them any size, but this is a nice size for a  party favor or other small gift. The neat thing is that you can sort of streamline the process and make several very quickly. For my example I used a piece of 12×12 inch muslin and made three bags out of it. If you want to make more at a time it is totally an option.

For starters, you  want to have your 12×12 inch piece of musling for your three bags. A rotary cutter works well, but a scissors can be used.

Once you have a 12×12 piece of muslin cut, you’re going to want to sew small casings at two opposite sides of your piece of muslin. I simply turned under 1/4 inch and then turned under another 1/2 inch (pressing it each time) and then stitched along the lower edge of the casing. Just for fun I sewed these on my 1950s vintage machine that I call “Princess”. She only does straight stitch, but does it sew wonderfully! I put her to work any time I can.

sewing muslin bags casing

Now you can take your rotary cutter or scissors and cut three, 4″ sections. You will cut perpendicular to your casing ends and should have a casing at each end.

alt="using a rotary cutter to cut apart the bags"
Cut into individual bags


Fold your bags in half, right sides together, matching casing ends. I chain stitched on one edge of all the bags. When finished simply snip them apart and your almost finished. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning and end of each one.

Now chain stitch your second side as shown in the photo below. Again, remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of each bag, but you don’t have to cut them apart until you’re finished with both sides.

Streamline your sewing process



Cut them apart, and now you can turn them right side out and press them with a iron on cotton setting. If you want, you could spritz them with a little water or starch to make them a little smoother, but in my opinion, the wrinkles give them some character.

Three bags sewn. Just a couple more steps.


Using a pencil, make a light mark 1/2 inch from each long edge. This is where you will make a little hole for threading your cord through. I used an awl, but if you have a sharp point on a scissors, you can do that as well.

Note…You only want to go through the outside of the casing. There are holes front and back just the same as you see here. Now you can thread a 12-14 inch piece of hemp or other cord through. A tiny safety pin or tapestry needle will work, I actually used a small crochet hook to pull my cord through. You can see that on the opposite side of the tied end, your cord lays on the outside of the bag.

You can go with a single cord, or insert another piece so that the ties come out on the opposite sides of the bag.

One side of string added.

You can buy little bags like this at craft stores or online, but for the cost of a couple bags, you can buy the materials to make LOTS of them. I purchased a yard of muslin for less than $1.00 from the thrift store.

Now you’re ready for the fun. Insert of scrap of card stock or index card into your little muslin bag to keep the ink from going through to the other side. Make sure your stamp is well inked and stamp your images!

So cute when stamped!
It’s so easy to make your own musling bags. Birthday parties, wedding favors, you name it! These muslin bags are easy to do and just a sweet and inexpensive way to say “Celebrate” or “Thank you”. Pop in a gift card, use it for a package topper. There are endless ideas.
If you have questions, leave them in the comments below.  Let me know if you tried this project. I’d love to hear from you!