I brought some pretty notebooks back from holiday, as I thought they’d be perfect for a couple of friends who have their birthdays this month. They looked as if they needed something nice to put them in and I spotted just the thing in Love Patchwork and Quilting magazine.
They’re gift bags with lots of different fabrics plus some felt appliqué. I hadn’t made anything like them before, nor had I done appliqué but the instructions looked very clear so I had a go.
I did one with pink flowers on it.
The lining and ties are in plain navy and the bottom is the fabric left over from the Snowball quilt plus a few other bits.
I was really pleased with how the lining turned out on both bags, but in hindsight, I should have changed the colour of the bobbin thread before stitching around for the ties channel.
The appliqué went well, considering I hadn’t done any before. I machine stitched the pink version and it’s a little wonky in places but not too bad.
The base of the bags is shaped.
For the other bag I used turquoise felt for the flowers, and I had the perfect plain turquoise fabric for the lining and ties.
I used the same fabrics for the base.
I did the felt a bit differently. Instead of using the sewing machine, I hand-stitched it in matching thread colours. I’m not sure which method I prefer.
I was really happy with how the channels for the ties turned out. They look much neater than I’d anticipated. Always a bonus.
The bags look a little creased because the top is made from a lovely linen fabric.
I think my friends both liked their bags, and I learnt how to make something new, so I’m calling this project a success.
February 22, 2015 at 3:26 PM
waouh thats great !!!! its’ so nice when gifts can be handmade and the wrapping is very important too ! Great job it looks really good !!!!
February 22, 2015 at 5:36 PM
Thank you 😀
February 9, 2015 at 7:09 PM
Lucky friends ^^
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February 9, 2015 at 3:37 PM
Those looks like lovely bags 🙂
February 9, 2015 at 10:24 PM