Here is one way to make small (or larger) gift bags.
|This little one stands 6 inches tall.|
|This one is just right for a votive candle.|
|Here is how they were made....|
|Start with a scrap of cloth; this piece is 4 x 15 inches. Too small to sew easily, but I used it anyway!|
|Do something to finish the raw edges first; this is "PINKED"; the other bag was "serged".|
|Fold in half and sew up the sides leaving at least 2 inches open at the top.|
|I use a piece of wood inserted along the seam so I can press the seam open.|
|See... flat seam!|
|This is what seams look like if NOT pressed flat!|
|Nice, pressed flat!|
|Fold the top edge to the inside so that the edge is about 1/4 inch lower than where the side seam ends. |
Red pin shows seam end.
|Fold the other top down and sew around bag forming casing for drawstring.|
|Insert ribbon or string through the casing.|
|Insert a second ribbon starting from the other side.|
|Home decor weight taffeta in lovely Christmas colors!|
|Cut a long piece 6 inches wide. Notice the threads falling off the edge; pinking will not be enough control for this cloth.|
I own a Serger and I love to use it!
|One long strip, enough for 4 bags.|
Pieces are 6 x 18 or 6 x 20 (2 of each).
|Bag on left was my first attempt. |
I cut my long strip into 4 pieces with out taking the plaid into consideration
|This is lovely cloth, but the back side has loose thread "carries" that would get caught and pulled.|
I might make a purse out of this cloth, with a nice lining!
|Fold in half (wrong sides together) and place 2 pins about an inch up from the fold.|
|Fold at the pins creating a pleat at the bottom of the bag.|
Now the right sides are together and wrong sides out. (this cloth is same on both sides!)
|Sew the side seams leaving 4 inches open (between pins).|
Bottom fold is on the right side of this photo, top to the left.
|Press seams open!|
|Fold the top down. Make sure the top edge overlaps the beginning of the side seam.|
|Sew the casing.... this bag has a ruffle too.|
|Insert ribbons and tie the ends.|