Christmas is fast approaching - sooner than I'd like. 2014 was going to be my year to be super organised, pacing myself throughout the year, so there'd be no last minute rush. Hmmm - it hasn't happened. All I've made are some pillowcases - one with lace and two with piping.
Joy, from Yesterfood, on the other hand, has been getting things ready early for Christmas. A while ago, Joy let me know that she'd made a Christmas bag, using one of my tutorials - the small lined drawstring bag tutorial. I love it in the Christmas fabric and with the red ribbon drawstring the perfect way to finish it off.
Here's the original drawstring bag. I've made a few now, but none for me. They've all been used as small gift bags. They're a handy little size, but it's easy to alter the dimensions to make a larger bag. I can tell that Christmas is not far away, as the drawstring bag tutorial is attracting a lot of extra traffic at the moment.
Other bags that would be good to use instead of gift wrapping, are the Treasure Bags pictured above, These are simple, unlined bags with French seams on the inside to keep everything looking neat and tidy. I've made quite a lot of these bags over the last few years. They're great for holding little bits and pieces. Two Christmases ago, I gifted some felt, robot finger puppets in a treasure bag made from robot fabric.
I think I'd better get moving and at least start to think about the gifts I'd like to give. Last year I did a lot of sewing for Christmas:
Yeah, I was on a roll with cushions. I even made a quilt. There'll be nothing that time consuming this year, but I would like to give some handmade presents.
Are you on track for a stress free Christmas? If you're looking for more reusable Christmas gift bags, you might like to check out the post I wrote last year. You'll also find ideas and inspiration in the Gift Wrapping link party, here at Threading My Way.
Thanks, Joy, for sharing your lovely Christmas bag!!! If you make something with one of my tutorials, I'd love to see it.