Ronald McDonald House Gift Bags

For the second year, the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild has volunteered to make gift bags for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Minneapolis. RMH is a great organization that supports families during a child's health care crisis. These bags are used to distributed donated gifts to families staying at RMH over the holiday season. They had been using trash bags, but they would tear. And besides, who really wants to get presents in a trash bag?

This is a quick project that only takes two yards of fabric with a drawstring closure. A volunteer at the house made up a simple patternYou do NOT have to use holiday fabric - you can use any fabric. Perhaps you have a couple unused yards in your stash - you can even use half yard or fat quarter cuts, pieced together. I pieced one out of some directional holiday fabric: 


I had a couple large scraps of directional holiday fabric. I cut two 36" squares, pieced a sold 20" x 36" strip between them, and stitched a drawstring bag from that. Easy peasy! 

Please comment on this post if you're willing to make a bag or two. We'd like to send a dozen over to the Ronald McDonald House. Tracy will collect the bags at the December 12th meeting and deliver them to RMH.

Thanks for helping out.  The families staying at the house appreciate it, especially at the holidays.


  1. I'll make two! Any certain kind of cord that should be used for drawstring?

  2. Hi Mary, I used ribbon one year and clothes line another year. Anything that you have on hand that will work will do. Thanks for the donation! Tracy

  3. I will make one, thanks for posting this!

  4. I have a bit of holiday fabric I will probably never use so I would love t make one and could share fabric. I'll bring it to the retreat.

  5. What is the completed dimension the gift bags? I have the Image and want to know if it will continue to perform with that dimension bag?

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