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A Playdate with Made by Joel – and a Giveaway!

Free Christmas gift bag pattern with free embroidery pattern.

What do you get when you combine Joel’s Free Holiday Gift Tag printable with my Free Goody Bag pattern?

Red Christmas gift bag embroidered with a white cat wearing reindeer antlers

This! A cute, reusable Christmas gift bag!

The Joel, of course, is Joel Henriques, the amazing dad who blogs at Made by Joel and author of Made to Play – a book showing you how to make tons of great, creative handmade toys.

Want to make a Christmas gift bag yourself? It’s easy!

Get Joel’s free printable gift tags here.

Get the free Goody Bag pattern here.

Free Christmas gift bag pattern with free embroidery pattern.

Transfer the images from the gift tags to the fabric you’re going to use for the bags and stitch them up. I used a simple backstitch – easy peasy. There’s a video here showing how to backstitch.

Free Christmas gift bag pattern with free embroidery pattern.

Now you have bunches of fun reusable Christmas bags!

Have a great day everyone!


  1. Oh yes, I would love some already made–I think I would have had to start these last month, what with all the kids running around here and all. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. LOVE IT! Thanks. I adore this blog! Glad I found it on Made by Joel. Awesome to have a giveway too -double thanks.

  3. Love these!! I usually feel a little intimidated by diy stuff, but these look awesome!

  4. I love these bags! I’m happy to have come across Made by Joel’s post!

  5. How very nice! I have a sweet little gift for my daughter that would work nicely with these bags. Thank you!

  6. These are awesome. I found you through Made By Joel. Can’t wait to check out all of your other goodies. Thanks for sharing!

  7. These are beyond cute. Adding them to the to-do list!

  8. Wendi, I’ve never done any embroidery, but my kids keep asking to do a “hand sewing” project. Maybe we’ll learn together and try this project.

  9. I loved the tutorial on Joel’s blog!
    thank you for the chance to win a set of your lovely bags!

  10. Cath SAYS...

    Great, I love both of your blogs!
    Thanks a lot

  11. i’ve been wanting to learn to do simple embroidery — i’m excited to read the post about beginning. these bags are adorable!

  12. Love them all!! I also posted on Joel’s lovely blog 🙂

  13. Anonymous SAYS...

    Thanks for the kind giveaway offer! crossing my fingers…
    kelly if I win contact me here: box64studios[at]gmail[dot]com

  14. these are so fun! thanks for your generosity! 😉

  15. How fun! This is a great idea!

  16. Adorable bags! Thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

  17. These bags are really cute, I’ll try my luck. You have a really nice blog. Greetings from Berlin.

  18. These bags are adorable. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  19. Such cute bags! Great idea!

  20. Anonymous SAYS...

    Juste cute, thanks !


  21. I would so love this set. My family uses festive fabric in lieu of wrapping paper for a more ecofriendly choice. I love Joel’s reindeer cat. It is the favorite by far 🙂

  22. My nine year old and I are going to attempt to make some of these! You’ve got us hooked on embroidery. 🙂

  23. It’s hard to pick a fave, these are all so cute!

  24. I love these. What a great idea!

  25. Adorable are these bags!!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. I love Made by Joel and I love these bags, too cute!
    I would love to win these to put little gifts in and then hang them on the tree.

  27. This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. I used his tags for all my gifts this year! I’d love to win the bags. If not, I’m going to stitch some in the future!

  29. Your idea of combining the gift tags with your bags is absolutely great! Thanks for this lovely Give Away and have a nice day! Simone

  30. these are gorgeous!
    thanks for sharing the tutorial and for the opportunity!

  31. Elisabeth SAYS...

    This is lovely! If ever I win, I will stuff them with nougats and chocolates! If not, well… I’ll do my own set!

  32. This is such a cute set 😀 Thanks 😀

  33. I saw the bags at Joels blog and you did a real great job, they are beautiful!

    I’m happy to have discovered your blog this way, I will follow it!

    Greetings from Germany,
    Janka 🙂

  34. Soo cute! I love ’em.

    Thanks for the give-away.

  35. So simple, so beautiful. I’d love to win one of these!

  36. Though the instructions were perfectly clear, I’ve got a bit less than zero crafty talent. I’d love to win a set of these!

  37. Thank you for the giveaway! They’re such cute little bags. 🙂

  38. Awesome idea and thanks for running a giveaway!

  39. Oh, if this isn’t finished, I would love to put my name in the hat!

  40. anonymous SAYS...

    Hi, I’m only 13 and haven’t learnt to use the sewing machine yet, but I love to hand sew little projects. I love your goody bags but I was wondering if there is a simple way to make them without a sewing machine. I don’t mind if the shape changes completely or if it’s a whole different pattern, I’m just eager to make this, if not, something similar.

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Lucky for you – you can sew ANYTHING by hand that you can sew on a machine – including those goody bags. You don’t need to do anything to modify the pattern – just sew all the seams by hand. I’ve got a video here that shows a trick I use to make those hand-sewn seams a little stronger. Have fun!