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Thread: has anyone made gift bag out of christmas fabric?

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    Senior Member newestnana's Avatar
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    I'm going through my Christmas fabric stash...found some I don't like well enough (or are not good enough quality) to use in a real quilt project.

    Was thinking maybe I'd make some gift bags...we all recycle the purchased (paper) gift bags.

    Has anyone done this? Any ideas? Pictures? Do you think I should use stabilizer or lining?

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    I make them all the time. I even get them back so I can refill them. Lately though I've been making pillowcases instead to wrap gifts in and tie with a scrap strip of fabric. If the fabric is light, I might line it but that seems like a lot of work to me.

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    DS#3 and family live in CA so I sewed Christmas fabric bags for their gifts a few years ago to make the Christmas gift package I mailed them lighter in weight. The gifts looked so cute as I added fabric ribbons to them. Only problem is that they didn't save them as I asked. May in Jersey

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    I used some of my bad quality Christmas Fabric and wrapped empty boxes up to put outside next to my snowman for Christmas decoration, it was cute, and I think I'm going to make more this year, might even try the gift bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldhag
    I make them all the time. I even get them back so I can refill them. Lately though I've been making pillowcases instead to wrap gifts in and tie with a scrap strip of fabric. If the fabric is light, I might line it but that seems like a lot of work to me.
    Love this idea of pillowcases, especially for the younger set. Have used the gift bags in the past for other sewers especially. They use the fabrics!

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    I made drawstring bags, and we re-use them each year, if you want a gift next year you better remember to turn in your bags. :)

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    I thought about it but just didn't think it was worth my time. I'd rather be quilting. You might consider making pillow cases, wrap the pressent in it, so people can use them for something esle.

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    We use the Japanese method of furoshiki to wrap gifts. Nothing gets thrown away and I get to keep all the lovely fabrics.

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    My son went to Japan last summer for two weeks, he had to take a number of gifts so we got a book on furoshiki from the library. I hadn't thought of that for Christmas, but I do have some Christmas fabric that I don't like so much anymore. I may do that, although my family might like the bags more. I will have to give that some thought, thanks Marcia for the idea!

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    I give all my quilts away in bags. Susan Atkinson has a really cute and easy fold up tote bag. I make them for groceries too. I can finish 3 in a day.


    Quote Originally Posted by lauriejo
    My son went to Japan last summer for two weeks, he had to take a number of gifts so we got a book on furoshiki from the library. I hadn't thought of that for Christmas, but I do have some Christmas fabric that I don't like so much anymore. I may do that, although my family might like the bags more. I will have to give that some thought, thanks Marcia for the idea!

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    I've been giving gifts in pillowcases made to suit the recipient. It has been so much fun finding fabric they "like" that suits their interests......

    (and it's a very GREEN thing to do, too :mrgreen: )

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    I make drawstring bags as well as cut out fabric pieces to iron onto paper bags.

    Are you asking about using the paper bag idea??? OR making your own home sewn type bags???

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    You can us a simple bag pattern and fuse 2 fabrics together. You could use a used gift bag and carefully take it apart for a pattern. Press in the folds and add a handle.

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    Do you have a link to the pattern?

    Quote Originally Posted by DebraK
    I give all my quilts away in bags. Susan Atkinson has a really cute and easy fold up tote bag. I make them for groceries too. I can finish 3 in a day.


    Quote Originally Posted by lauriejo
    My son went to Japan last summer for two weeks, he had to take a number of gifts so we got a book on furoshiki from the library. I hadn't thought of that for Christmas, but I do have some Christmas fabric that I don't like so much anymore. I may do that, although my family might like the bags more. I will have to give that some thought, thanks Marcia for the idea!

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    I was just looking through Nancy's Notions catalog and saw a no-sew reversable bag. It was made with fusible web. Maybe you could work something out that way. Go to her web site if you want to take a look at it.

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    You can find a free pattern on this link.

    http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/?p=913

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    My guild makes gift bags every year to give to a migrant worker's daycare center, filled with Christmas gifts. Here are the directions: You take a rectange of cotton Christmas fabric....you determine the size whatever you think will hold your stuff....I use a pinking blade on my rotary cutter so I don't have to fold down the top and seam....fold it in half, right sides together.....insert an 18 or 20" ribbon folded in half in the seam so that it's on the right side of the fabric about 1/3 of the way from the opening, and seam up the side and bottom catching the ribbon in the seam. Oh, and be sure to put the
    ribbon inside the folded rectangle. Turn the bag right side out and you're done. The two strings of ribbon wrap around the bag and you tie it in a bow. I can make a bag in about 5 minutes. Good thing is that you can make it using this method in any size you want.

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    Thanks Penny

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    I am having a hard time visualizing this. Which way do you fold the fabric rectangle in half...so the bag is deepest? Also, when you fold the ribbon in half, do you mean fold the width in half or the whole ribbon is folded in half length wise? Thanks much!

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