Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Trying to stay ahead of the game

Drawstring bags
I thought I'd attempt to refrain from procrastinating this year on gifts. Over the weekend I set aside some time to make Xmas presents for my co-workers. I did all of the steps assembly line style so I saved quite a bit of time.
Drawstring bags
I used all stash fabrics to make these drawstring bags which have been showing up everwhere in blogland recently. and for good reason too--they are quick and easy to sew and don't take a lot of fabric.
Drawstring bags
the only change i made was to cut 1.5" squares out of the bottom corners rather than doing the cutting off the triangle thing. i can never get my seams to line up properly that way. i also handstitched the linings closed. i really like these bags. they are the perfect size for a small knitting project. i will probably make at least one more for myself in the future.
Dumpling bags
i also made these cute little dumpling bags. they are quite small, basically the size of a change-purse. i've already printed out a version at 150% to make a bigger one later. by the time i got to these i was tired so i ended up having a few issues. all of the hand-basting gets pretty tedious. it's not so bad when you are only making one but four got a bit out of hand. i used straight grain binding in coordinating fabrics to cover the seams. i like that it stabilizes the zipper and helps the bag keep its shape. i'm planning to try the larger version for another gift but i'm going to put some distance between me and this pattern. i'm not quite ready to tackle it again.
Celebrate Color
i tried to match colors and patterns to the tastes of my coworkers. many of them ended up fall appropriate so i'm linking up to Celebrate Color.

8 comments:

  1. Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts11/22/2011 08:38:00 AM

    I love your bags and pouches! Your co-workers are really lucky :)

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  2. What size zipper do you think you would need for an enlarged version of the dumplings?  I'm thinking they would make cute little neice-xmas presents for my brother's girls.

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  3. Very nice! Yep, it's only a matter of time before I have a go at the drawstring bag pattern.

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  4. super cute bags sara.  i need to make both of those.  the bag and the dumpling.  very cute.  oh, and i got your blocks yesterday.  thank you so much for sending that fabric along also.  it will be very handy to have.  i love it so much i wanted to stash it away for myself but i won't, i promise!  :)

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  5. They are so lovely! What nice gifts those are!

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  6. Nice bags! Great ways to use up small fabrics.  I too want to know about the zipper size as I'm planning on making a few for gifts for my quilt store ladies and I did want a bit bigger than change purses.  Thanks!

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  7. They are very lucky! Those are great.

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  8. What lovely gifts!

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