Tuesday, December 7, 2021

25 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day Seven - A Fabric Gift Bag

Well, we hit the 70's yesterday...and last night the wind howled so strongly that cable went out!  Today, it just made it into the 40's.  But the rest of the week looks like 50's and 60's again.  This is not typical weather folks.  At this time there would be snow in Park City, in Buffalo, in...well you name it.  Global warming is picking up speed like a snowball rolling down hill!  

Because the wind was so bad last night, I took in the umbrellas and most of the chair from the patio.  I checked out Duchess and she was doing okay.

Today's craft is a simple gift bag made out of fabric.
Supplies needed are:  Fabric & matching thread, scissors, 
sewing machine, ruler, safety pin, ribbon & an iron.
One note:  Take a locking stitch at the beginning and end of each seam 
by sewing forward a few stitches, back stitch and then go forward again.

I used winter type fabric, but you could use any type you want.
 Also, I cut my piece 12 inches wide and 22 inches long 
but you can cut to your own needs.  The process is the same for any size.

First on the long sides fold over about 1/2 inch...eyeball it...

Then fold over again hiding the raw edge and iron (It's easier to sew!)...

Repeat on the other long side and using a regular stitch, 
sew down each folded area...

With both sides sewn, fold down 1/2 inch at the top and bottom one time.
(Remaining unfinished sides.)...

Now fold down four inches (again hiding the raw edges) and pin.
First sew across the bottom edge (with first fold down).
Left seam in picture below.
Second, measure 1/2 inch from the top of the folded down area and sew across.
Right seam in picture below.
Third, measure 1 inch from the last seam (above) and sew across.
Middle seam in picture (below)...

Next with right sides together, sew down both side seams 
BEGINNING just below the middle (one inch) seam in the picture above.
Turn and press.
Using a safety pin, string the ribbon through the one inch seam
 both front and back of bag...

Even through the separation of the front and back 
leaving about 14 inches at both ends of the ribbon...

Repeat stringing a second ribbon through the one inch seam
beginning at the opposite side...
Knot the ends of all four ribbons and you are finished...

This really is an easy bag to make.  And by double folding the inside long
seams, the inside is finished even without a lining.

Talk with you tomorrow...