Make this easy Christmas bag in just half an hour!
We ditched the Christmas wrapping paper last year and went with fun drawstring bags for our presents. As long as the mice haven’t eaten them and I can remember where I put them, they will be reused until they fall apart.
Follow the pics to make your own Christmas bags. You will need: fabric, scissors, trim, cord for drawstrings, sewing machine.
I used half a metre of green glitter cotton, 4 and a half metres of cord for the drawstrings, 1m of ribbon for the casing. You can decorate with fabric initials, pompoms, felt or anything you fancy.
I used glitter cotton fabric and sewed the seams up each side.
Chose my trim and cord drawstrings. I like a pull cord from each side. You can save money and cord by only having one pull cord, like a school PE bag. Don’t forget to add another half metre as when the knots are tied it can get quite short.
I turned a wide seam over to the inside and stitched round the whole bag top to make a neat top. If you have plenty of fabric, turn it even wider so you can use this top seam for your casing and sew 2 rows of stitiching half an inch apart.
I used ribbon for my casing as it doubles as decoration. Stitch it around the top of your bag about 3 inches from the top edge.
Thread the cord through the casing. If you haven’t left a gap you can cut your ribbon to thread through. If you want to do it really properly, sew one casing on the front and another on the back, leaving a little gap for your cord to thread through.
I usually run Christmas classes to make these and we had a blast last year with little versions of these. If you need any help just shout or come and see me! I have lots of Christmas fabric in stock.
A week to go until we can reopen! In the meantime, here’s a couple of garland ideas to keep you busy and get prepared for Christmas. These work well both as presents to gift, or make some to decorate your house, tree, garden or wherever!
You will need: felt sheets, half inch tape, scissors, needle and thread or a sewing machine.
Cut out your felt triangles and arrange. Rainbow as shown, or go scandi Christmas with red, white and green, or celebrate a new baby with pastel colours. Cut as many as you need.
Fold over the end of your tape to make a loop. This keeps the ends neat. If you need to tie it around something, use a seperate bit of string, ribbon or elastic band to secure.
Fold the tape over to catch the felt triangle within the tape. Pin to secure. You could iron the tape in half if you wish for a sharper guideline.
If you have a sewing machine, my top tip is to use a ZIG ZAG stitch to make sure you capture the binding tape on the reverse. I find it a total nightmare trying to catch the tape on the backside if i sew straight stitch. Of course if you are hand sewing, you should be able to turn your work and see where you are going.
Make the felt bunting as long as you require.
Pom pom garland
This pom pom garland is a lot of fun to make. You can put as many or as few pom poms as you like on your garland. This one, made by Freya has space and pegs for interspersing with photographs. What a great idea!
I will show you how to use a pom pom maker to create your own winter garland.
These are wooden pom pom makers not the usual circular ones. Simply wrap your yarn around the forky bits and tie tight to secure.
Want to do something? Had a go at knitting before? Haven’t knitted for years? Here are some patterns and yarns that might inspire you to re skill and make yourself some lovely accessories or give as gifts for a handmade Christmas!
This is Carnival Tweed chunky yarn from Stylecraft. I had a delivery the day of lockdown plus half a dozen pink ones already in the shop. It has a wool content of 20% and is lovely and soft to knit with on 6mm needles. As you can see from the photos, it knits up in a lovely varigated stripe. There is a beret pattern on the inside of the ball band plus see the patterns below that I have in stock. If you’d like anything, give me a call or message and I can arrange to meet you at the shop for collection.
For those folk making masks or face coverings, I have been following the www.bigcommunitysew.co.uk tutorials and patterns. check out some links below and look on the tutorial page for some ideas and help.
Steph is running a socially distanced beginners knitting class on Weds 29th July, do come and join us. If you have been teaching yourself during lockdown and need a little bit of guidance then this is for you! If you have always wanted to have a go, then this is for you too!!
If you are still shielding but wanting to learn, check out this youtube clip from the UK Hand Knitting Association and sign up to their channel for help and ideas. Check it out here
There is only space for 4 upstairs, so please contact me to book your space.
Recently I have been contacted by a few folk making things for the NHS as they were short of supplies. I have been out of the loop for a couple of weeks due to being poorly, but a quick internet search showed that PPE was sorely needed. I have a fellow small business owner Claire@waistcoatsunlimited who is making scrubs for the NHS, plus I read that Patrick Grant (yes him from the Sewing Bee) has turned his Northern factory into full time scrubs production.
The first lady to contact me wanted elastic and buttons to make headbands for the nurses as their ears were getting sore. I donated the supplies in return for some information in case any of you out there wish to contribute. Here is the info she sent to me, although I don’t know who wants them or how to get them there at the moment! I am sure that with enough local contacts we will find out soon enough and I will update here.
Mr McGregor has been doing his bit to help and has been busy 3D printing headbands that go with an acetate face shield. 50 of these lovelies went to a collection hub yesterday. He got the pattern from the National 3d Printing Society website with all the details. https://national3dprintingsociety.co.uk/
I hope you are all staying safe and if you’re bored, give me a shout, I can arrange an appointment to get to the shop or get some crafty package deliveries going if you are local. Time for lunch!