Some of the ladies from my church get together once a month at one of the local restaurants for what they call "Girl's Night Out". Each month they have a white elephant gift exchange where each present should be related to a given theme. This month the theme was "flowers", and it was also my first time attending the Girl's Night Out.
I had seen several of the fabric shopping bags here on craftser and was just looking for a reason to make one of them. The Girl's Night Out (GNO) was a perfect excuse. So, I used this post as inspiration and, generally, followed the tutorial linked to in that post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=346908.0
. I also got some neat fabric from Hobby Lobby that had some little flowers on it. The final dimensions of the bag (when laying flat) ended up being roughly 20 inches square. I used 1 yard of fabric for the body of the bag and part of 1/4 yard for the pocket (I've got enough left over to do another pocket or two). Needless to say, I didn't follow the dimensions from the tutorial.
I filled the bag with 4, 4 packs of toilet paper, and there was still room to spare.
Here it is, laying flat
All folded up:
Close-up of the fabric (the pocket is the same fabric but in pink):
What would a white elephant gift exchange be without wrapped gifts? So, I followed http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=327336.0
tutorial to make a gift bag for the shopping bag. I didn't have a grommet tool or any grommets, so I just folded the top of the bag over and stapled it closed. Then, thinking it needed something more, I added a bow to both sides. What do you think? Was the bow a good idea?
The empty gift bag:
The full gift bag, side 1:
The full gift bag, side 2:
After the bow:
My gift ended up being the last one chosen. However, before it was opened, the ladies raved about how cute it was. Then, after it was opened, the other ladies were jealous.
It turns out that the lady who got my gift is a huge bag person (she loves bags). Overall, I think it was a success. The shopping bag ended up taking me about 3 hours, start to finish (not including pre-washing the fabric). The gift bag took me about an hour, not including drying time.
Comments, criticisms, and questions welcome.