Are you compiling your Christmas ideas somewhere? I have several ideas bouncing around my head and my computer and my paper files and I am adding all of the time. Committing to those ideas usually happens in mid-December and that is what we are trying to prevent this year!
One of the first things I ever sewed was a drawstring bag as a place for my Dad to store his camera. I was pretty young and just getting interested in sewing and I was amazed that he really did want me to sew something for him. I have seen that bag floating around as an adult, too, so I know he didn't toss it right out.
twill tape, ribbon, or cording
Step 1: Cut your bag the desired size. Be sure to add a little to each cut side for the seam allowance. I like to fold my fabric over so I don't have to sew one side.
Step 2: Finish the edges of each side. I used my serger, but you could zigzag them, fold them over or use pinking shears on them.
Step 6: Fold the casing back over the seam allowances and iron it down again.
Step 7: Sew around the casing along the bottom edge.
Step 8: Thread your twill tape or cording (my favorite, but I couldn't find a matching color today.) through the casing using a safety pin. I like to have a short tail on either end when the bag is completely open.
Step 9: Tie the two ends together in a knot that is large enough that it can't be pulled back into the casing.
That's it! So easy! And, just in case it isn't so easy, I should tell you that I used my seam ripper not once, but TWICE, on this today and I have made bags like this a lot! Once, I helped make them for a service project at our church and I had to ask the person next to me for directions about 100 times even though I had made them a lot previous to that night. Who knows? Just try it; you'll like it!
And, I know it will be your favorite wrapping paper when you wrap gifts
on December 24! Ummm... yeah.
Just in case you use it before December 24, you may need to use two layers of fabric or thick fabric to keep out little snoopers.
(ooohh! wouldn't this be SO cute made out of canvas with a Christmas symbol painted, no, appliqued, NO-- freezer paper-stenciled on it??? That's what I am doing next!)
link party and this is going to be a good one! I will start it here and then figure out how to move it to my sidebar or nav bar (baby steps) so you can access it all year long. I'll start with my own link after I finish this post so I should apologize up front: Not trying to be arrogant, just trying to get it all on its way.
Let's keep this party going!