New Bosa Nova Fabric Gift Bag Pattern

Lazies, Just in time for your holiday sewing, Shelly Stokes of Cedar Canyon Textiles shares her new Bosa Nova Bags pattern with us. Shelly’s decision to say goodbye to paper gift wrap led to creation these beauties. 

Bosa Nova Bags from Cedar Canyon Textiles.

Here’s Shelly
Greetings from the middle of Minnesota. I’m Shelly Stokes, also known as the “Paintstik Lady” over at Cedar Canyon Textiles. I discovered the quilting world when I bailed out of corporate America in 1995 and I’ve been having a ball since. Quilters are so much more fun than engineers! Joan invited me to share the news about my new gift bag pattern with you, so here goes!

Shelly with the tall bag.

I decided to ban wrapping paper from my house a few years ago. Why buy expensive paper only to have it ripped up and thrown away after just one use? I don’t want you to think I’m a total Scrooge – I still enjoy giving gifts when I can find something truly beautiful and/or useful for my family. But wrapping paper? Hey, there has to be a better way!

I dusted off my sewing machine and celebrated when it still worked. (Don’t laugh too hard — running a business does not leave much time for sewing…) After a few trips down the wrong path, I finally found a fast and easy way to assemble my new Bosa Nova Bags.

How to
These wonderful little bags are made from two pieces of fabric, a few Lazy Girl Handy Tabs for drawstring loops (shown below in red), some Steam-a-Seam 2 fusible web and a few (very few) seams. Fast, cute, functional. What more could I want?

Choosing Fabrics
Choose a lining fabric with strong contrast to the cover fabric. The seam allowances are on the outside, so the lining is an important part of your bag design. Be adventurous! Isn’t that lime green awesome? And check this out – even the bottom of the bag looks great!

The bottom of the bag is beautiful, too.

I used Artist’s Paintstiks and my rubbing plates to create the cover fabrics for the Large and Tall bags in this photo.

Bosa Nova Bags pattern.

The Bosa Nova Bags pattern (Cedar Canyon Textiles #504) just started shipping to retailers and isn’t online yet. Get the pattern at Sew Thankful here. Or let your favorite retailer know you would like them to stock the pattern.

To carry the pattern in your shop, contact Shelly at Cedar Canyon Textiles: , or check with your favorite distributor.

Keep up with Shelly
You can also keep up with the latest news from Shelly at her blog here.

Quilt Market
If you are attending Quilt Market in Houston later this month, stop by Shelly’s booth 1160-62 to see these little cuties. Also check with the distributor’s booths as well.


Images courtesy of Cedar Canyon Textiles.

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17 Responses to “New Bosa Nova Fabric Gift Bag Pattern”

  1. Penny — October 13, 2008 @ 8:28 am

    We are trying to do the Green Thing here and I am with Shelly I hate to have warapping paper go to waste or in the landfill. What a lovely little bag it is and a great idea for the Handy Tabs to hold the handles. These will be great gift wrapping for my BFFs! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    Penny D in Chesapeake

  2. Gayle — October 13, 2008 @ 8:38 am

    What to do with bags after recipent opens gift ?
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    Use the bag for another gift or purpose!

  3. quiddityrox — October 13, 2008 @ 8:42 am

    After all that work and making something so adorably cute, I’d want to take the bag home and recycle it (or just display it for visitors to ohhh and ahhhh over). I guess it depends on the gift recipient whether I’d surrender it to her for her future gift giving experiences. This could be a way to get rid of my current stash so I could build a new one!!!! Love this idea.

  4. Pat Wilkinson — October 13, 2008 @ 8:46 am

    Looking for the Cedar Canyon Textiles #504 to purchase wholesale for my shop. Where will I go?
    Quilt TIl YOu Wilt
    Hudson Fl
    Fax 727-868-4765
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    Contact Shelly at Cedar Canyon Textiles:

    Or check with your favorite distributor.

    Thank you Pat

  5. Tricia — October 13, 2008 @ 9:43 am

    Just from looking at the pattern envelope I would use the tall skinny one as a flower vase. The middle size bag looks like it might be big enough to hold magazines and the small one could possibly hold one of those square boxes of tissues????
    Neat gift bags…

  6. Susan — October 13, 2008 @ 10:45 am

    What fun it would be to use some novelty type fabrics to match bags to the recipients interests. I can see golf ball fabric for my husband, turtles for my sister, bees for my quilting pal……….etc. I’m looking forward to diving into my stash to make up some of these! Great idea Shelly!


  7. Jalet — October 13, 2008 @ 10:46 am

    I think if the ties became handles that were adapted in a sturdier style, that these could make incredible shopping bags, or even what I call “Quick Trip” diaper bags when you don’t want to lug the whole big day outting bag for just a quick trip, such as out to lunch. These would be wonderful filled with baby nursery items and a few pampering things for the mom to be, or to hold a gift quilt or bumper pad crib set. What a beautiful bridal shower gift for taking along on the honeymoon. It could so easily turn into a keepsake bag with a little monogram or custom tag with the name and date added. I help with a good number of ladies retreats and these would make super gift bags for the ladies that come, they could hold the extra paper, seminar notes, notebooks, travel size tissue. You could even make a spot on the inside to hold a water bottle. I think these are just great. They would even make extra special thank you gifts for the featured speaker at events.
    In my mind “this bag is not just for wrapping anymore — 🙂 ” Beautiful bag.

  8. JayeL — October 13, 2008 @ 1:10 pm

    I have been making gift bags, mostly for Christmas for at least 12 years. You can see a variety of my creations at: A particularly nice group is at: Mine are much simpler than your pattern (which is gorgeous) and use fabric and thread to create interest. Our entire family uses them, trading back and forth year after year. I sign and date mine so I can see what I was making some years ago. Last year one turned up from 1996! What fun.

  9. Jeannie — October 13, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

    How cool is that!!!

  10. The fabric she uses and her workmanship is stunning! That bag would be as important to me as what was inside!

  11. Janine — October 16, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

    Great idea! I’ve never understood all that wrapping paper. Hated throwing it all away!

  12. Peggy — October 21, 2008 @ 12:40 am

    I was thinking of using the LGD With Love Totes for that purpose. They can be custom made to size very easily, smaller or larger, etc., just by following the basic pattern, and would be usable as shopping bags afterwards. Peggy

  13. Doris — October 22, 2008 @ 11:22 am

    Those gift bags are just lovely. Could you tell us how much time and money went in to making them? I am work quite a bit myself but for a special person or two, they would make lovely additions to presents.

  14. Donna — October 27, 2009 @ 8:28 pm

    Hi Joan,

    I’m interested in knowing the designer name of the fabric used on these Bossa Nova bags. They’re FABULOUS!!

  15. Dominique — December 11, 2012 @ 4:37 pm

    I would love this pattern, however all of your links are no longer working? and I searched your website and could not find the pattern? These bags are absolutely awesome.


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