Yesterday I looked at Christmas bags and found that there really aren't many handmade Christmas bags (other than gift bags) out there. Since there is a lot of shopping done around Christmas time this seems to be a bit of an oversight so yesterday I spent some time making some small stuffable handibags to use for Christmas shopping!
I decided to try a tutorial that I've had pinned to try for some time now - for a strawberry bag from ikatbag. It's a great little tutorial and makes for a cute stuffable bag. The tutorial is however just for the stuff pocket in the corner. I used those measurements and followed that tutorial which is nice and clear.
For the tote itself I cut:
2 main pieces 40 x 38 cm (16 x 15")
2 straps 60 x 10 cm (23.5 x 4")
First I made one using some pretty Japanese fabric I had in my stash.
Then I made another one - but this time with a Christmas theme. I used green fabric and put a Rudolf appliqué on the front. You can download the template for that here.
I used some scraps of Christmas fabric from my stash for the little pocket and the appliqué - and cord and a toggle from my stash too (I save every bit of cord and plastic fastenings and clips from old bags, backpacks and straps that I can!). For the appliqué I always have fusible webbing in my stash but I recently read of someone just using a plain glue stick to hold the fabric pieces in place before stitching - so that might me a budget friendly alternative if you don't have fusible webbing!
I'm really pleased with how this one turned out!
Next I made another of these bags using my eldest daughter's favourite pillowcase.
Unfortunately has ripped and been mended one too many times and so is no longer usable as a pillowcase.
BUT - it now has a new lease of life as a handibag!
Finally I made another Christmas Handibag using my own tutorial.
This bag doesn't need any cord or plastic toggle as it just stuffs into a pocket with a simple fold over flap to secure it closed. For this one I used Christmas Fabric I was gifted a couple of years ago and still hadn't used up!
I'm pleased with my new Handibags - particularly the Rudolf Christmas one which is my favourite. Let me show you it just one more time!
I can put them all inside my new Snowman Tote Bag
and I'm all set for Christmas Shopping!
Why not make some for yourself - avoid those plastic bags when the silly season gets here!
I also have plenty more free bag tutorials
- just go here to take a look!