Reusable Gift Bags

stripe gift bag with tag

When we were kids my Grandmother always reused her gift wrap. She would patiently open each gift, gently removing the tape piece by piece. Then she would fold it up and store it away for the next year to reuse.

This made the gift opening process take forever, as opening gifts in this manner is very, very slow. It’s also nearly impossible when you have little children.

This year, I decided to go tiny with Christmas. Tiny decorations, and tiny gifts.

Then I decided that Thrifty was almost as good as Tiny, and I spent my day making a few Reusable Gift Bags for Tiny gifts.

They were very easy to make, and inexpensive.

The great thing, is that you can reuse them and they essentially become a practical part of the gift. Just think how much money you could save without buying ribbon, tape, paper, boxes and tissue each year!

polkadot bag

These bags are sewn from scraps of fabric, or fat quarters that I had lying around. I cut the fabric pieces 7″ wide by 18″ long.

 

With right sides of fabric together, sew a 1/4″ seam on each side.

Turn down the top edge of the bag 1/4″ and stitch (FIY the sewing foot is about 1/4″ wide, so you can line your fabric up with it).

Turn the new seam edge down further, to 1″. Sew again, on top of your first line of stitching. This way you have a nice neat seam, and you won’t have to measure or pin each time.

Leave about 1/2″ of a gap between the sewn edges for the ribbon to slip through the casing.

Use a safety pin, attach the pin to the end of a 1/4″ wide ribbon. Thread the ribbon through the casing, cut and tie ends together to keep it from slipping out.

gift bags with tags

I added some greenery and berries for a festive look. The burlap gift tags came from Target, and I hope to use them again too!

 


Shopping for Fall Table Decor

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Hello friends! I am hard at work at multiple projects. But I did take time out to go shopping.

If you haven’t shopped Gordmans before you are in for a treat! It’s one of my favorite places to shop for unique decor, gifts and apparel. You are going to love it! They have some beautiful selections for your fall and holiday table decor!

 

I was in the store today shopping for my fall table decor which I will share soon! They had so many beautiful things to choose from, I have to go back again for another look!

So many things are happening here, I have so much to show and tell you, but for now have a great time shopping!

 

 

NeriumFirm Body Contouring Cream

This is a sponsored post that I was compensated to write. Any opinions stated are my own.
cream and lilacsI have a confession to make. I have a baby gut belly. This may not be that unusual, after all I am a Mom. Most Moms have baby gut. However, it is irritating to me. It’s irritating because, despite all my efforts, it won’t go away. My kids are nearly grown up and I still look like I just gave birth yesterday.

Who wants to look like that?

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Valentine Loot Bags

lead valentine

 

February is here and I am all about hearts right now. Heart charms, cookies, cakes, valentines, chocolates, love letters, sappy romantic Hallmark movies, you name it.

I am a sucker for romance, I admit it.

Being such a romantic, I couldn’t resist putting together some little Valentine Loot Bags for an upcoming class I am teaching.

No particular reason, just because they are do darn cute.

Who doesn’t love Valentine Loot?

It’s the best kind there is!

wide frame

I bought the little fabric bags in the “blanks” section of the craft store.

Blanks are fabric items pre-made and ready for your personal decorating touch. There is no sewing involved.

The bags come in packs of four and run about .50 cents each.

These bags are small, about 5″ square.

Just the right size for collecting Loot.

supplies

I also picked up some polkadot ribbon, heart and arrow charms (Walmart), Heat Bond (in the sewing notions) and 1/2 yard of red fabric.

Directions:

Cut a heart shape out of scrap paper.

Using the paper as a template, cut a heart out of the Heat Bond material, and the red fabric.

Using an iron on the medium setting, iron the Heat Bond fabric to the wrong side of the red fabric. Keep the iron moving slightly so it doesn’t scorch the bag.

When the two pieces have adhered together, peel of the paper backing and position the heart on the bag. 

Iron again so the heart adheres to the bag.

Cut a length of ribbon for a bow to decorate the handle.

pin detail

The final touch was a big safety pin with some cute button and charms.

Just thread the buttons and charms on the pin and attach to your bag.

That’s it, your finished!

love letters

 

You can fill your Valentine Loot Bag with any number of things. I love these little plastic hearts from the Dollar Store, and of course, chocolate.

I even added one of my Grandmother’s love letters, there is quite a story about her.

She will be the topic of another post!

Pink Wash Towel

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I have been knitting for weeks. It’s part of my winter routine, each night I spend an hour or two working on projects. You would be amazed at how much you can produce in such a small amount of time.

I made a number of small gifts for the holidays. My favorite gift combination was hand knit wash towels and home made soap. If you would like to make your own soap, check out my tutorial here.

Now it’s time to get back to my own knitting projects, I have been dying to make a couple of Wash Towels for myself.

 I love their soft cotton texture, it feels like a gentle exfoliant on the skin. They look as luxurious and beautiful as they feel.

The towels hold up amazingly well with regular use. They do stretch a bit as they are wet, but put them in the laundry and they shrink back to their original state in the dryer.

Who knew yarn was so resiliant?

in progress

The biggest plus of this project is it’s compact size, it’s easy to stick the needles and all in your purse and take them on the road with you.

This is Peaches and Cream 100% cotton yarn in Rose Stripes. I love how the variegated yarn makes stripes appear as you knit. It’s like the yarn has a story to tell you that is revealed as you work.

Who doesn’t love a good story?

For this project, you will need 1 skein Peaches and Cream yarn and a pair of size 8 knitting needles (I love the Susan Bates needles).

Here’s the pattern:

Cast on 44 stitches

*Knit 4 stitches, Purl 4* Repeat until end of row.

Repeat all rows the same until work measures 10″. Cast off, cut yarn leaving a small tail. Weave in ends.