I don't know what it is about me and the period immediately following Christmas, but all I want to do is look at Christmas-themed crafts on the internet. So I've been pinning, because I've finally figured out that I need to pin things in order to remember them. I've also been going through a gift bag making frenzy. Thirteen bags total, actually. All Christmas themed. I blame my mother who told me that my sister really wants a bigger collection of fabric gift bags. I also blame my sister who confirmed this and then later texted me that birthday bags would be appreciated, as well.
I started with this one, because it has been lingering in my stash like a barnacle on my ass, I swear. It is ugly. It is country-time-lemondade-lives-in-Vermont-ugly. Seriously, I think this fabric should go listen to A Prairie Home Companion** and leave me alone. My mother swears she did not contribute this slice of ugliness to my stash, but I have other thoughts. Anyway, I think it was destined to be a pillow in a former life. I took it and paired it with some lovely, woven green/white gingham (lovely by itself, but paired with this fabric...hideous):
Ugh. See? Ugh!
Let's cover that up and look at something delicious:
Ah, that's better. So...this red fabric is hideous to the touch. It's really stiff. I was using the back side of it as the scrap fabric for ironing on fusible interfacing to things and I was about to put it away when it hit me that it should live on as a bag. I paired it with some lightweight fabric and gave it some cording...and so pretty! It's my favorite new bag, actually.
With the help of my mother-elf, I made a bunch of other lined, drawstring bags with blue Christmas fabric that has been in my stash for a good five years. I paired it with the softest green/white stripey fabric that I was almost sure used to be a sheet in a former life. It makes for a nice lining, though. Then I used up some green fabric with the Christmas lining that was used in the polka dot bag:
Then my mom left and I lost my little elf helper, so I turned over to my scary serger. I took a class a number of months back on the general usage of the thing at Treadle Yard Goods, but have not revisited it. I even had the power foot still packed away in the bag that I had brought to the class. Anyway, years ago when I made these bags, I also cut out a bunch of bags to sew, but never did. So, yeah, they've been sitting in my stash since that post in 2009.
Stop judging me.
I didn't want to make any more unlined bags and I didn't really want to have to sew a million tiny bags, so they sat there until the other day when I serged them like crazy. I think seven got serged up. I didn't do drawstring casings, but attached a bit of ribbon to the back of the bag and I can just tie it up like so:
And then to make things even more appealing to my eco-conscious sister, I reused some ribbon from Bath and Body:
She's definitely getting that one.
**No offense to anyone in VT. I used to have to go there with an ex-boyfriend. We would take the train up from Brooklyn and then his parents would drive the hour or so to their home in Vermont. All the while, we listened to a best of CD of the Prairie Home Companion show and it always put me right to sleep. I still can't listen to that show, even though it is like a Minnesota National Treasure or something.