The other day I was in Anthropologie and signed up for their Anthro card. The cashier handed it to me in this cute little bag. I thought it was such a nice touch and would be a fun way to present gift cards or other small items like soaps, nail polish, and jewelry for a friend's birthday, hostess gift, shower gift, etc. It looked simple to make too, so I gave it a try! Here's how it's done:
Fold the top down on itself about 1/4" and press, then fold again on itself even with the snips you made, hiding all the raw edges. Press again. Cut a piece of cord at least 16". Hint: It is easier at this point to insert your cord before sewing the seam instead of trying to thread it through after. Sew along the bottom edge, being careful not to catch the cord in your seam.
Turn the bag right side out, tie your cord together at the ends, and you're done! I added a little bead to mine to finish it off. There are so many things you can do with this little bag! You can make up several in no time at all and keep them on hand for your next special occasion.