Yikes! Christmas is next week? Maybe I should think about putting the tree up or digging out the box of decorations.
A few months ago, I had already given up on the idea of giving hand-made Christmas presents to my family this year, but I thought I could make some easy drawstring bags to replace wrapping paper. I have had the fabric set aside since I bought it in the January sales. The first batch is made. I think I only need another four or so, and they take very little time.
I made the measurements up as I went along, depending on the item to be wrapped, but several friends swear by Jeni Baker’s drawstring bag tutorial over at In Color Order. I used her 4-inch cuff measurement as I liked the look of it on my friend’s bag, but I let all the rest happen naturally. I also made the lining as a separate bag and then sewed it in as I feel this gives a neater finish around the top than Jeni’s long-strip method.
When I finished these bags, I found some more ribbon I could use to decorate the next batch. Ooh! I could get fancy!
Also on a Christmas theme, I made a couple of cards. At my recent quilt association’s committee retreat (I am on the fringes of the committee now as the newsletter editor), we were challenged to decorate blank cards. I think we were supposed to hand them in for a bit of friendly rivalry to see whose was the prettiest. I cannot remember to who or when, but I have made two! That counts for something, right?
A bit of fabric, some buttons, some embroidery thread and some Vliesofix, and voila!
How are your Christmas preparations going?