Make a small treat bag from crafts felt and ribbon. This bag is so simple to sew, you’ll be making them by the dozen! This project is courtesy of our sewing blog, howtosew.com. Visit daily for new sewing projects and lots of holiday decorations and gift ideas!
Finished size: 5-1/4×5-1/4×1-1/2″ without handles
• 10×12″ rectangle crafts felt (bag)
• 24″-long, 5/8″- or 3/4″-wide ribbon
From orange felt, cut:
• 2—5-1/4″ squares
• 3—1-1/2×5-1/4″ rectangles
From ribbon, cut:
• 2—12″ long pieces
Create Bag Body:
1. Using 1/4″ seam allowance and matching thread, join short edges of felt 1-1/2×5-1/4″ rectangles to make a long strip.
2. Pin first section of long strip to one edge of one orange felt 5-1/4″ square (bag front) with raw edges aligned and facing out.
3. Sew pieces together using a 1/4″ seam allowance; stop stitching 1/4″ from bottom edge.
4. Pin third section of long strip to opposite edge of bag front as done before. Sew pieces together; stop stitching 1/4″ from bottom edge.
5. Pin second (middle) of long strip to bottom edge of bag front. Sew pieces together, beginning and ending stitching 1/4″ from corners, to complete bag front.
6. Repeat steps adding remaining orange felt 5-1/4″ square (bag back) to bag front to complete bag body.
1. Pin ends of one 12″-long ribbon to top of bag front about 1/2″ from side seams. Sew in place.
2. Repeat with remaining ribbon length and bag back to complete treat bag.
Fabric bookends are an easy way to add color and personal style to any room! You can make them from scraps of fabric or choose fabric to match your decor. They make great gifts, too! Design them in baby fabric for a nursery or pair it with a favorite book for a birthday present!
Materials for One Bookend:
1/4 yard fabric
Quart-size resealable plastic bag
Rice or sand
Finished bookend: 7×8-3/4″
From fabric, cut:
1. Layer the rectangles with right sides together. Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sew around three edges, leaving a short edge open, to make a bag.
2. Turn bag right side out. Fold raw edges of fourth side under 3/4″.
3. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, topstitch around the three sewn edges.
4. Fill a plastic bag halfway with rice or sand; push air out and seal. Place the sealed bag in the fabric bag.
5. Topstitch the open edge closed with 1/4″ seam allowance to complete the bookend.
Garlands are so easy to make and are a simple way to add color to your home! We’ve been making tons of garlands from paper scraps in the office lately. You can hang them on a mantel, from the ceiling, or off an embroidery hoop to a mobile. These are so fun (and cheap!) to make, you can assemble one for each room or for a special occasion, such as a wedding or baby shower.
Materials for One Garland:
1/2″ star punch
1″ star punch
Finished garland: about 6 feet long
For this project, we choose five different colors of cardstock. Choose colors to match your decor, the season, or occasion.
From assorted cardstock, punch:
• 30—1/2″ stars
From assorted cardstock, punch:
• 20—1″ stars
1. Mix all 50 punched stars together.
2. Select a star from the pile and push it through your sewing machine. Select a second star and do the same, leaving space between the stars or putting them on top of each other for more dimension. Repeat the process until all 50 stars have been sewn into a garland.
Tip: If you plan to hang your garland, leave a 4″-long thread tail at each end for tying.
Tip: Paper can dull a machine needle. After sewing paper garlands, change out your needle.
Tip: Think of all the different possibilities for garland! Choose blue or pink cardstock for a baby shower decoration, or punch hearts for Valentine’s Day. See examples below of all the ways we’re using paper garlands in our office. To make the Christmas one below, punch circles from two-sided holiday cardstock. Stack two circles and push the layered pair through the machine; continue with layered circles until you reach your desired length. To finish, fan out the layered circles into three-dimensional shapes.