Cloth bags seem to be latest giveaway at shows, at a recent garden show I managed to collect 4!
Whilst I appreciate the reason they hand them out is to advertise their company, I’ve taken to decorating them and using them as gift bags.
The main thing with using these is to take care if you use fabric paint to put some card or something inside so the paint doesn’t leak through to the other side.
If you’re sewing – check you’ve not gone through to the other side… many moons ago I was making a draw string bag at school sewing class, the bags were to be used for our gym shoes and we were instructed to embroider our name in chain stick across the front…. it was only when I went to show the teacher that I found out I’d sewn through my school skirt too… some things just have to be learnt the hard way.
Anyway, here’s what I’ve done to two of my collection of cloth bags…
This is the first one, I’m afraid I didn’t take any photos as I was making it, basically I cut out the hearts from the fabric (an old duvet cover I believe)
As you can see I’ve used machine blanket stitch all around… bit wobbly now I look more closely! The hearts were cut out of the fabric too…
Now the next one, I finally got to use the self covering buttons I bought ages ago… very easy to use and really effective, well I think so!
So the first thing I did was cut out some material (this was from a bundle my sister got for me at Aldi – only £3.99 for pack of 5 quarters.
There was a little bit printed on the bottom of the bag so I’ve added a little pocket…
I’ve used my fav stitch on the sewing machine (blanket stitch).
The buttons were next…
I really liked making these – I’m going to add a few as decoration to my bag…
And that’s it – oh the pearly gel is just to hide a little line of print on the bag. It’s Dylon fabric gel so is washable.
Well, that was a nice little project to keep me quiet on a rainy afternoon.