these cute little bunny bags filled with goodies were given to each of my daycare children this past friday after our Easter party. they were personalized by age, the older toddlers received color books and crayons, while the one year old received a story book, everyone received bubbles, and a handmade puppet [tutorial by The Purl Bee].
to create the bunny gift bag i used the same sewing technique as my 5 minute reusable shopping bag, using white canvas, premium felt, black embroidery thread. i made my own double fold bias tape with an orange print from my fabric stash to finish off the top and create the handle.
the finished size of these gift bags were 10 1/4″ x 10 1/4″.
todays tutorial..a 5 minute reusable bag/tote using canvas napkins! amazing right..
i stopped using plastic bags a couple years ago, and our area is slowly but surely doing away with plastic shopping bags all together, so customers will have to bring their own bags, purchase a reusable bag or carry all their items out in their arms.
so, why not make your own cute bag with fabric you like and no big ugly store logo printed across the front!
do you have a friend, family member, neighbor, co-worker who enjoys quilting, but you don’t quilt, nor do you know where to begin searching for a gift for someone who does.
one thing about those who love to quilt, they love their quilting gadgets, tools and fabric, so you can’t go wrong if you’re gifting any one or more of those items!
lets get right to the shopping list..
i’ve seen some of the most adorable needle felted projects on pinterest, and just had to try my hand at creating a felted project of my own.
it dawned on me this morning while i was cutting strips out of some aqua and red prints i’ve been collecting, that a DIY jelly roll of your favorite fabrics would be a great gift for a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker who also has the quilting ‘bug’ aka addiction..
i thought i’d share my technique for cutting quick 2 1/2″ strips aka jelly roll strips.. this likely is not new for the seasoned quilter, and i’m sure there are other ways, but it’s been the technique that gets the job done for me.
note: a standard jelly roll consists of 40 strips of various “dark & light” prints cut along the width-of-fabric [WOF=selvage to selvage].
the gift of a DIY jelly roll.
- create your own unique jelly rolls with scraps, new or vintage fabric.
- your jelly roll does not need to consist of 40 strips, the choice is up to you. a lap quilt can easily be made with half a standard jelly roll [20 strips].
- once you’ve cut your strips, carefully roll your jelly roll, smoothing as you go, and use a rubber band to secure.
- wrap twine or ribbon around your jelly roll, tie, removing the rubber band is optional, attach a note and your gift is ready for the giving.
anthropologie hack.. sewing kit!
this makes a great gift for friends, family, neighbors or co-worker, and the best thing is you can create your own unique kit specific to the recipient.. do they embroider..? toss in embroidery thread and needles. do they mend..? do they cross stitch..? customize the pin cushion with a cute print, the possibilities are endless.
purchase extra thread, pins, needles, buttons, etc. when they’re on sale and you’ll always have your supplies ready for that last minute gift!
- mason jar
- hot glue gun
- poly fil [for top pin cushion]
- scrap of fabric
- decorative trim [optional]
- sewing contents [scissors, buttons, safety pins, needles, straight pins, thread, measuring tape, etc..]