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.
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.
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.
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.
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.