Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Little Holiday Bags: A Tutorial

Here's how to get eight little gift bags from one yard of fabrics.  Cut 8 pieces that are 9" by 20".  Make a small hem ( 1/2 - 3/4") on each end of the rectangle .  For handles use something - ribbon, binding - that is 12" long.  Insert handles one inch on center at both ends of the bag.

Like with the directions for Morsbags, sew the handles into the hem and then fold them up and sew another line of stitching.
These bags won't be lined, and French seaming will take care of the raw edges.  With wrong sides together, sew a 1/4" seam starting at the top of the bag, on each side.

Then trim these seams down to 1/8".
Turn the bags inside out, press, and then sew a 3/8" (or so) seam, encasing those raw seam edges.
These little bags work best if they are "boxed" so cut a 1" square out of each corner.  Do not include the seam allowance in this!
Open up those corners you just cut and find the straight line.  The center of this seam will be the side of the bag.  Sew a 1/4 - 3/8" seam. 

What you have at this point is essentially like a paper grocery bag.  So iron it like that.  And remember:  Steam is our friend!

Now find a gift certificate or some candy or some little sewing notion and some tissue paper - and VOILA!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I love those! Thanks for sharing your tutorial.