Christmas gift bags are simple, easy to make and can easily be modified for color or size. The sewing is easy and this can be done as a beginner project as well. While it is possible to use a sewing machine for faster sewing or more even stitches i am providing the sew-by-hand method.
You Will Need:
Iron and Ironing Board
14 inches of 45″ Red fabric
1 yard of White lace ribbon
Red sewing thread
Small pack of pins.
White Sewing Thread
If you would like to change the color of the bag please be sure to match the color of the thread with the color of the bag. If you would like a green bag i would advise sticking with the white lace but if you would like a white bag try going with red lace. The contrast is nice and creates a pretty Christmas affect.
Iron out your fabric. Please have an adult do this as an iron can be dangerous. Lay the fabric out flat on a table and fold in half so the longest points touch each other. Please leave the lighter side of the fabric facing outwards. Pin the edges together and be sure that the corners are straight. Thread the needle with the red thread. Sew your first seam about a 1/4 of an inch in on the fabric. Be sure to catch both sides of the fabric and not to leave knots in the thread. Sew the other side the same way. If the pins get in the way of sewing you can take them out as you get to each one.
You are now ready to hem your bag. Fold the 1/4 inch overhang in half and then fold it over the seam. Pin in place and sew so that the fabric does not unravel. Next you have to hem the top of the bag. It is OK if the seam doesn’t look perfect because you can just cover it with lace later. Fold the un-hemmed fabric over at 1 cm and then fold again another centimeter so the edge of the fabric is completely covered. Pin in place and sew your hem.
Take your lace and measure it around the opening of your bag. Cut about a 1/4 of an inch longer than completely covers the edge of the bag. Carefully place the lace ribbon over your hem so that it covers the seam. Half should be on the inside and half should be on the outside and you should have some overlap at the ends of your ribbon. Pin in place and sew. This should sufficiently cover your visible seams and make the bag more attractive.
Take your remaining ribbon and fold in half. At the halfway point pin around an inch of it directly under your lace covered hem. Sew the lace ribbon to the bag and use at least four rows of stitches to be sure it is secure. Next place knots in the ends of the ribbon to prevent it from fraying. Congratulations. You’re done!
Tips And Suggestions:
If the gift is for friends try filling the bag with candy or small toys and a candy cane. For family members as is should do the trick. For a slightly more elaborate bag feel free to attach small bells to the bottom of your lace ribbon. Please be careful with scissors and needles and always ask an adult for help if you aren’t sure about something.
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