Thursday, December 23, 2010

Homemade Gifts - Part 3

A friend purchased one of these little purses or fabric envelops at the Crafty Planet for $5. Then she made a pattern for all of us in the sewing class to make our own. I have made several and love them!
 They are quick to make and practical in two ways. You can use up those many scraps of fabric you have lying around and they can hold lots of different little items. I am giving some of them as gifts with gift certificates or gift cards in them. 

I like this one with a coordinating fabric inside. It's like a little surprise when you open it.
And this one is a favorite because of the colors! I love the blues and greens.
It just needs a snap and its ready to go.

I have found that regular cotton fabric works, but home decorating fabric works better since it is a bit stiffer. I also use a lightweight interfacing for these purses to give them more shape.

Here is another favorite and one that Maddie gave to her teacher this year.
Each purse takes two pieces of fabric that are 6.5 inches wide, 10 inches for the sides and each diagonal side is 4 inches long. You simply sew the right sides together leaving an opening at the bottom. Turn the purse and push out the corners. Iron it and sew across the bottom to close it.  Then, fold the bottom up about 2/3 of the way and sew all around the purse. Fold down the top and iron. Add a snap and you're done!

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