I think it’s no secret that I love fabric. I usually have no qualms about buying yardage even if I don’t have a particular project in mind. However, holiday fabric does give me pause. I love how cute and pretty some of the prints can be, but I do hesitate (just a little) to purchase any because I really have no clue what to do with it. This being said, I still have a decent stash of Christmas fabric. I knew I couldn’t—-and didn’t want to—make multiple stockings or quilts, but I couldn’t think of anything I would want to make. Until I thought about the “green” movement and got an idea: reusable gift bags!
I’m just using fabric I already have in my stash to make these pretty lined drawstring bags using this tutorial.
My new sewing feet have been very helpful. I wasn’t able to use my seam guide for the drawstring channel seams because the placement for the guide is too far to the left on my machine (see the little screw hole?).
But my walking foot with quilting bar was perfect for the job! I used the quilting bar to align with the top edge of the bag for the first seam, and then aligned the bar with the finished first seam for the second one! I know I’m a dork to be excited about the precision tools at my disposal.
Of course I’ll still end up using wrapping paper, but I don’t think I’ll use as much. Plus it’s fun to use my pretty fabric and know that I’ll get to see it year after year. Or it dresses up a present I give to someone and maybe they’ll pass it on, and who knows where my creation will end up. Also, I think Brendan will actually enjoy wrapping my presents this year since he can just toss them in a bag.