Thursday, October 22, 2009

Making my own gift bags...

So this year I decided to make my own fabric gift bags for Christmas instead of wrapping everything in paper which then gets thrown away. Actually I decided to do this about 3 years ago but just actually started the process on Monday. Since this is my crafty blog I decided to document the process - at least in the beginning. I started with some fabric that my wonderful mom sent to me (3 years ago - yes I am suitably embarrassed that it has taken me this long to get started), then I went to the Arts & Crafts center on base and bought 2 more designs as well as some cotton batting and then ordered 3 additional fabrics from Joann Fabrics - can't wait to get those in the mail....Debbie Mumm coordinating fabrics - can you say YUMMO?

cutting the pieces

folding and pressing the handles

pinning the handles on for topstitching

finished product - like a tote bag

I added 3 large buttons and ribbon loops to hold the bag closed against prying eyes

this bag is a quick one similar to a pillowcase but with boxed corners at one end making it gussetted for holding things

close up shot of the ribbon I sewed on and the button I added as an embellishment

I hope to make some more soon and post them as well. Took me longer than I expected to make the first bag because I was trying to noodle out how to sew square corners. I used to do that so easily but it has been so long since I actually set up and turned on my sewing machine that I forgot. AFTER I completed the bag I played around on some scrap cloth and VOILA I remember now. My other bags will be similar patterns but I will be using 2-3 fabrics instead of just one. And I have an absolutely cute pattern for a quilted gift bag - this will be a gift all by itself but I still plan on using it as a "gift bag" and not just the gift.


KellieC said...

Isn't it great to have bigger kids finally and mental time to design the way you want?! Good for you! Great job! Love, Kellie

:::b r a n d i::: said...

super cute idea! Way to be green this Christmas.

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