This year, we decided to see what kind of Christmas gift bags we could make for free using scraps of fabric and greenery from our garden. It also was an easy way for the girls to embark on their first sewing project. Here's how we did it.
First of all we gathered fabric remnants of projects past and picked out the "Christmasy" looking ones. I used a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and fabric ruler to measure and cut out long rectangles of fabric but that was just because I had them from my pre-kid quilting days. Scissors would have worked just as well.
We figured out the dimensions we wanted for the long rectangles of fabric destined to become gift bags by placing the item we wished to have a gift bag for on the fabric. In this case, we were making gift bags for Sugared Nuts so we ended up with fabric about 6 inches across and 18 inches long. We left some extra space for the seams (1/2 inches on the side and about an inch for each end).
Once the fabric rectangles are cut to the size we wanted, I used an iron to fold over the top edges of the future bag.
Next, the girls sewed across the tops I just ironed. Since this was so short and I had folded the edges over by at least an inch I didn't even bother pinning this section for the girls to sew.
Once the top edges were sewn, I folded the rectangle right sides together and then pinned along the two long sides. The girls sewed these sides and then turned the bag right side out.
After we had our bags done, we assembled some decorative elements from our garden. The lemon we sliced thinly and dehydrated overnight. The other items we used were bay leaves and rosemary. A ball of twine located in a back drawer and printed out Christmas tags from a previously purchased Scrappin Doodles package completed our supplies.
The decorations were simple enough the girls were able to tie them to the bags themselves.
Here are some of the finished bags ready to be given to our teachers, therapists, friends, and relatives.
We had a lot of fun making these bags and we didn't spend any money doing it which was a total bonus.