Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Contest Entry: Santa & His Reindeer Holiday Bag

Holiday gift bag

Solve the annual holiday quandary of finding the perfect gift bag! Get ahead of the game by designing your own to give to your loved ones! Create a cut and sew design for your ideal holiday gift bag, including original artwork, sewing pattern, instructions– and don't forget the drawstring! Please note that previews will be sized on a larger fat quarter size (27" x 18") to accommodate big gifts like holiday wine and spirits! Deadline for entry is Tuesday, December 1st, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, December 3rd, 2015.

Santa & His Reindeer Holiday Bag

 This is my entry for the Holiday Gift Bag contest. It makes an easy to assemble unlined bag, and you can add whatever closure you like: zipper, drawstring, magnetic clasps, et cetera.

For the simplest construction: Leave the white unprinted borders around the edges as these will provide the seam allowance. With the fabric face down, turn down the top edge towards you until you can see the printed area and sew in place leaving enough room to pass a drawstring through. Thread whatever type of cord you wish through the channel you just created. Fold the fat quarter in half with the right sides together and sew along the side and bottom being sure not to sew over the opening for the drawstring. Trim off any excess fabric around the edges leaving about a quarter of an inch from the seams. Turn right side out and enjoy your holiday bag!

For a more squared off bottom, sew across the tips of the bottom corners before turning the bag right side out. :)

Santa & His Reindeer Holiday Bag

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