Sunday, 14 November 2010

Christmas Countdown Project 14 - Fabric gift bag

Can you believe we are past half way in this countdown of 24 projects in 24 days?? I have not missed a day yet, but there is time!! I am slightly under pressure this week, so please bear with me! Another fabric project today! An eco friendly wrapping that can be re-used!
I got my idea from Dibor on the web. My version is the hearts of course!

You will need:
Plain Unbleached Calico fabric for the bag
Off cuts of patterned fabric
Bondaweb
Ribbon
Iron and ironing board
Sewing Machine
Matching thread

1. Measure a rectangle of fabric that is twice the size of your required gift bag when finished (folded edge will be at the bottom of the bag.) Allow an extra 1.5cm around each edge for seams, then cut out. Lay the fabric out flat on the table.
2. Trace your design onto the paper side of the Bondaweb, I used a heart shape as it was simple. Place Bondaweb adhesive side down on the wrong side of the patterned fabric offcut and iron on. Cut out the design and peel off the backing paper. Lay the design onto the fabric bag fabric on the right side where you want it and iron again, your design should be firmly stuck in place, so iron well with a steam iron if possible to be sure.
If you want you could zig-zag stitch around the outside of the heart to secure it, using a close satin stitch (like I did.)
3. Neaten the short edges of the fabric rectangle by turning to the wrong side and stitching with any stitch you like.
4. Fold the rectangle in half so you bring the short edges together, with the bondaweb design on the inside of the bag at this stage. Stitch up the two side edges and then turn the bag the right way out and press.
5. Decide how you want to tie up the bag. You could just pop the gift in and then tie a ribbon around the neck, or you could hand stitch some loops/small curtain rings around the outside of the bag, like belt loops and thread a ribbon through them, or you could stitch a tape around the bag neck to make a channel and then thread ribbon or elastic through it, it's up to you. Here is another idea from the net from Dibor.

Join me tomorrow for another crafting project. TFLx

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