|fold-over top gift bag with button and string closure|
Recently I was chatting with a friend who mentioned that she is making a real effort this year to prepare for and enjoy the Christmas season. I have been thinking about this, and like this attitude. I recall some years when Christmas was so magical, and I loved the tree decorating and wrapping gifts, and baking. Other years it has seemed less magical, and some things that should have been enjoyable didn't seem exciting any more. I think that to "enjoy the season" is a frame of mind that I will cultivate this year.
In keeping with this resolution, I spent a couple of hours this morning sewing some fabric gift bags. For the last few years, I've purchased lots of paper gift bags as well as wrapping paper. This creates a lot of paper waste on Christmas morning. If we use fabric gift bags, they can just be stored with the decorations and be available to use again and again!!! This has the added benefit of not having to stand in line buying more paper products, tape and bows.....
I certainly have lots of fabric leftovers so this should be pretty low-cost venture!
I have prepared a pictorial step by step on how I made a basic fabric gift bag:
1. cut some rectangles of festive fabric to use as the outside of the bag. You can piece them to make your scraps larger or to make the bag prettier.
NB! Leave an opening 3 or 4 inches, in one side seam of the Lining fabric. I forgot to do this in the lining photo here, and had to un-pick part of the seam later.
If you want a "boxed" bottom to your bag, pull the corner of the bag so that the side seam is perpendicular to the bottom, and sew a seam across the point. The farther in that you sew the seam determines the width of the base of the bag.
13. Top-stitch around the top edge of the bag to keep the lining in place.