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« on: December 21, 2018 08:17:25 AM »



I picked up several yards of this fabric at the thrift store a couple months back, so that's what I used to make winter holiday goodie bags for my daughter's kindergarten class.  



I ran them all through my embroidery machine for the snowflakes, which would probably have shown up better if I'd done them as felt patches, but I didn't.  Oh well; it's a bunch of kindergartners; half of them will destroy or throw away the bags in the next week, and a few of them will be treasured until the kids are my age and who knows which will be which?

Here's my semi-lazy method for making a bunch of bags that won't fall to pieces immediately:


Cut up enough strips of fabric to make the number of bags you need.  (I went with 15" by 8 stripes of this fabric, which came out to 7 bags per 15" strip.)  Embroidery or other decorations optional, but do anything you're sewing on before assembling.  I did my long cuts with pinking shears to reduce fraying.  


Fold in the sides a little, so your strings won't start fraying the edges immediately.


Then fold over about 3/4" for your drawstring casing.  Pin as much or as little as makes you happy.  (I didn't bother here, but this fabric was pretty decent at staying put.)  


Zig-zag that on down!  


If you're flying without pins, don't forget to pause and fold in the other side before you get there.  

Do the opposite end of the bag the same way, then fold it in half (right sides together!) and zig-zag the sides from the bottom of the bag to right below where you folded the casings over.  For some reason I don't have a picture of this, but just make sure the sides are closed & the ends of the casings aren't and you'll be fine.  


Turn it right side out, & you have a bag with little tube hems at the top!


Then thread strings through the tubes, & you're set!  I used a crochet hook to do this, but safety pins or yarn needles should work fine, too.  You can do just one string through both tubes, or two strings (also through both tubes!) and pull one from each side.  Yarn makes the bags stay closed more securely, ribbon makes them easier to open.  I did one string blue and one string white, and tied jingle bells to the ends, because jingle bells!! Smiley  

Stuff with presents, give to children.  Or whoever.  Enjoy! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2018 12:18:53 PM »

These are so sweet and cheery!
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« Reply #2 on: December 21, 2018 03:33:42 PM »

These are great! I had such good intentions to make bags instead of buying wrap this year but...
Maybe next year. Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2018 06:59:09 AM »

These are great! I had such good intentions to make bags instead of buying wrap this year but...
Maybe next year. Thanks for the tute!

I was totally going to do orange ones with pumpkin face applique for hallowe'en, and that utterly failed to happen, so at least I managed one set for the year. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2018 08:53:17 AM »

That is really sweet and thanks for the tutorial.  I wish my local thrift store had good stuff like this!
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2019 07:17:16 AM »

 I bet more kids will treasure these than you think. They are very neat since most things today are so disposable.
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