So you got the little gift for the teacher/cat/coworker/whoever, and while you’re happy to have remembered to pick something up you’re feeling that maybe the gift is a little plain. That it needs just a tiny bit of spiffing up. But how to go about that spiffing without spending a whack more money or time? Well dear friends, let me help!
You know that I am not much of a sewer (if you liked Tinsel in the previous post let me say right now – Joey made her, not me) but I can manage really easy stuff. Square, flat stuff. Like gift bags! I even thought to take a few pictures while making these, just to share with you, and myabe alleviate a bit of holiday panic. So, shall we start?
First off, you need a rectangle of fabric. Any fabric, any size, as long as you can sew it will be fine. You’ll also need pins, a bit of ribbon, yarn, string, or aything else you can tie a bag shut with. So here’s our fabric:
Do iron it out, it is easier to sew a flat piece of fabric than a crumpled one. While you’re ironing, fold over each of the short ends twice, so that the raw edge is tucked completely under.
Make your folds about 1/2 an inch wide, and iron them down. You can pin them too if you want, but I find the ironing holds them down just fine. (Don’t forget this is a Quickie gift bag, not a Perfect gift bag). Once the ends are ironed in place take ye to your sewing machine and give them a nice hem. Now put your fabric face up, and get that bit of ribbon or whatever that you’re using as a tie and fold it in 1/2. Don’t be skimpy about your ribbon, you want it to be long enough to go around the bag and tie a nice bow. You can always trim it later if you have to. Put the ribbon (or yarn, as I am using here) about an inch down from the hemmed edge of the fabric.
Don’t get all worried about measuring things here just put it where you think it will look good. Fold the fabric in 1/2 (right sides togather, ribbon sandwiched in between) and pin through both pieces of fabric and the ribbon.
See the little end of yarn sticking out there? That’s what you want, so it will get caught in the seam when you sew the two sides together. Pin the rest of the fabric in a couple of places so it doesn’t shift around on you and sew the two side seams. I’ve drawn them in pink here:
Turn it right side out, give it a little press, and you should have this:
That’s it! Pop your little gifty in there, make a nice bow and be merry!
Here’s another bag, this time made out of some nice red felted sweater I had hanging around. If you are using something that does not fray, like felt or fleece you can skip the first step of ironing and hemming the ends, and just put the ribbon in place and sew your side seams.