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« on: December 07, 2009 09:46:59 AM »

Every year I try to make some reusable cloth gift bags for Christmas.  These are the ones I've made recently. 

This first one was made from a pattern/directions found a book called "Omiyage" by Kumiko Sudo.  The pattern is called candy twist.  These 2 bags were made from 3 different fabrics.  I tweaked the pattern just a little after making the first one just to suit my tastes.

Closed - when these are drawn up, they look like Christmas Tree ornaments. 


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My pattern, using 3 different fabrics


Closed/Drawn up and tied

This one is also one of my patterns.  Its made from 3 different fabrics and has jingle bells on each of the points.



The last 2 are smaller bags made from 2 different fabrics each.  The one on the left was made from scrap pieces with on pattern.  The one on the right was made from the book I mentioned above.  The pattern is called Chrysanthemum.  It makes a very small bag, only fit for jewelry. 

I have more information and pictures of some of these on my blog, but this is pretty much it.  I think they all turned out great.  I'm thinking of increasing the size of the candy twist bags, to make bigger gift bags.  But we will see.

« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2009 09:56:40 AM »

So cute and festive!  I especially like the "candy twist" bags.
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2009 05:32:58 PM »

They are so cute! I'm really big on recycling and reusing and make gift bags for all the presents I give out, but these are so much nicer. I'm going to have to pick up that book. I'm really glad you shared these with us:)


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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2009 06:56:33 PM »

Who needs a gift when you get such a cool bag?  The candy twists look really impressive and time consuming.  I like your patterns, too.  Beautiful job.  Thanks for sharing the book and blog info, too.

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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2009 07:41:17 PM »

I agree, the bag should be the gift.  These are amazing and very festive.  Nice job.

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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2009 08:01:12 AM »

Thanks everyone.  Yes the candy twist pattern was VERY time intensive, but worth the results I think.  As for the book, its got some other really neat bags in it.  The full title of the book is "Omiyage:  Handmade Gifts from Fabric in the Japanese Tradition" so the bags could easily be used for gifts.  None of the patterns make bags that would hold much more than jewelry or small toys, but I think they could be adapted easily. There are over 35 patterns in the book and a majority are different kinds of bags/boxes/containers of some kind.  If you don't want to buy it, atleast check it out from your local library, its worth a good look.

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