Saturday, September 8, 2012

Gift Idea....

I thought this would be a fun gift for a friend, teacher or anyone that you need a good, but inexpensive gift.  These little bags can hold and dispense jute, twine, ribbon, or string.

Cut a piece of burlap 11" tall and 18" wide.  

Fold in half and stitch it closed on one side and bottom.

So it looks like this...

To make a gusset, so that your bag has a flat bottom, fold each corner of of the bag in a triangle and pin.  Stitch across the bag about 2 " from the tip.  Repeat on opposite corner. 

To hem the top of bag turn edge under 3/4", press and stitch.  Turn right side out.

At this point the bag doesn't look like much....the secret is pressing all the lines into the bag so it looks more like a lunch sack.

All folds pressed.

Add an grommet about 1 1/2" from the bottom of the bag.

Cut a piece of chipboard the size of the base of your bag (about 5" x 3 1/4").  This makes the bottom and corners nice and crisp.

LABELS
I designed a couple of labels and ran them off onto Sticky Back Canvas.  
Love Sticky Back Canvas, it makes printing on fabric so easy!   

Cut labels out and stick them right on the bag. 

This label I stitched and pinked the edge before attaching to bag.

BAG CLOSURES 
The bag with the white label is closed with a 4" barbed elastic and button.
Insert the barbs from the back of the bag to the inside along top hem.

View from the outside of the bag....barbs are hidden inside.

Sew Idea-ology Accoutrements Button onto the front of the bag and loop elastic over for closure.

The bag with the black label is closed with an Idea-ology Plaquette and ribbon.  Using a large darning needle sew the plaquette on with ribbon sewing the bag closed and tie bow.

Won't one of these look cute sitting on your shelf!

have a great weekend,
deb

34 comments:

  1. Great idea...I'm going to make one of these.

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  2. I love these and didn't know about the sticky back canvas. Awesome. You are too clever by half!!

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  3. Love these bags!
    And what a great sewing machine you have!!!

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    1. I know, don't you love it....my newer machine isn't nearly as dependable, so I just always pull this one out.

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  5. super cute idea..I can't wait to try printing on the canvas..do you use an ink jet printer or laser?

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    1. Hey Connie....it is just my ink jet at home.

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  6. How adorable are these! But ironing - hmm - wonder where we keep the iron - I'm pretty sure we have one somewhere! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  7. Super cute and with Christmas coming you may want these on hand as Santa bags...you know...for those goodies that don't fit in the stocking. Santa will thank you for having some on hand for his use!
    Also great wrap for gifts for friends ....would go faboo with Christmas greenery! :D

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  8. These are brilliant! I love burlap. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

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  9. How clever!! I love your vintage sewing machine too. Looks just like my mom's.

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  10. These bags are TOO stinkin' cute!

    Lori

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  11. Deb,
    Where did you find the "packaging" labels to print? Love this idea. You are sooooo creative.
    kathleen

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    1. Kathleen,
      I made them up....if you would like the digital file, click on the "email" button on the side bar and send me your email address. I will send you the pdf.

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  12. Thank you so much for this great gift idea and awesome tutorial!

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  14. Fabulous gift idea! I'd love a couple on my bookshelf, too ;). Now I just need to learn to sew :-$

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  15. What a great idea! And you can customize the colors for holidays, birthdays, whatever! Now I have to go buy me some burlap!!! ;)

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  16. Thank you for this great gift idea. I love all things burlap...

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  17. Great tutorial Deb - those bags are adorable! And I love, love, love your sewing machine. Looks like the first machine I learned to sew on in 4H. Its heavy as anything but totally reliable!

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  18. I LOVE this idea!!! Thanks so much for showing all the steps - this would make a truly useful and fun gift!!!

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  19. Fantastic tutorial, and the finished bags are just adorable... am more sad than ever that sewing machines and I are just not friends!!
    Alison x

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  20. Off to the sewing room to create a few for myself. These are fantastic, thanks Deb.

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  21. I love this idea! But my eye really took hold of your sewing machine! My grandparents gave one to my mother for a wedding gift (1939) and now I have it - I'm so lucky, and I know what you mean by dependable.

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  22. Wow Deb, I loved these, they're fantastic and can't wait to make a ton for Christmas. Can I re-post this on my blog? I will give you full credit and post your blog link. Here's my blog:
    www.bubblegumandducttape.blogspot.com

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    1. post away, Maria! Glad you liked the project.

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  23. Wow, I love this idea!!! Thank you so much. And the sticky back canvas - marvelous.

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  24. Deb ... One word ... Awesome! Love this project.

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  25. Deb ... One word ... Awesome! Love this project.

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