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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Inexpensive Christmas Gifts

Bag Holder
It's hard to believe that Christmas is less than 2 months away with the wonderfully warm weather we've been having.  During the month of November I hope to post a few inexpensive, quick homemade things to work on that could be given away as Christmas gifts.  
This first idea involves very simple sewing and takes around 1/4 yard of fabric, and less than 15 minutes to complete.

If you are like me, you've got a stash of grocery bags lurking in a messy wad somewhere in a closet. 

 A simple bag will keep them organized and handy.

Begin by cutting a rectangular piece of fabric.  The bag works best if it is long and narrow, not short and wide.  My piece is about 24" by 12".  Next time I want it a little wider and would cut it 24" by 16" or so.

Zig zag the edges.

Sew into a tube shape, sewing the longest sides together.

Press the seam open

Top: fold under and stitch.

Bottom: fold under and stitch, forming a casing wide enough for your elastic, leaving an opening for threading the elastic in.

Pin a safety pin to the elastic and

Thread through the casing you have just stitched.

Adjust elastic until your opening is a couple of inches wide or so.

Stitch the elastic ends together

and pull elastic into casing.

Stitch opening closed.

Now your bag holder looks like this:

Now cut a piece of fabric for the handle.  Mine is 3" x 24".  The handle needs to be long enough to allow room for you to feed plastic bags into the top of your holder.

Stitch the handle, right sides together.

Now pin your safety pin onto the top of the handle, feed into the handle, and turn right side out.

 Measure your handle, cut to desired length, and zig zag the ends.

 Mark the place you want the handles to go on your bag.  I did this by folding the top into fourths

and placing pins in the spots 1/4 the distance from the seam.

Now pin your handles to the inside on the marked spot,

Stitch along the seam line, making sure to catch the end of the handle,

and again at the top for added strength.

Hang the bag on a hook and fill.

Ta-da! You can pull a bag from the bottom when needed.
Do you have an idea for a quick, easy, and/or inexpensive gift?  Contact a member of the stake RS--we'd love to blog about it!

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