Today we finish the project we started with machine embroidery. If you don’t have an embroidery machine, you can always substitute a cute little fussy cut for the center to make this project. When we left off, we had the embroidery done and surrounded with either a border of a coordinating print or a patchwork of scrappy squares.
You’ll need to cut some additional fabric from your stash. Measure your top piece, and cut one backing piece and two lining pieces the same size.
Sew the front to the back starting at the top, going across the bottom and up the other side. Leave the top open.
Clip the corners on the bottom.
Next, sew the lining pieces together, right sides together, leaving the top open and an opening at the bottom for turning later.
Cut a piece of ribbon 12-15 inches long, or a size that makes sense based on the size of your project. Place the ribbon ends on the seam lines on the outer section. Make sure it isn’t twisted.
Stay stitch the ribbon ends.
Insert the lining inside the outer bag right sides together. Pin the lining to the outer bag.
Stitch all the way around the top.
Turn right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining.
Push out corners with a chopstick or similar tool. Stitch the opening closed.
Push the lining inside the bag. Press the top seam flat. Press bag.
Voila, a treat bag for leaving on a neighbor’s door, or a cute decoration for your home filled with silk flowers.
So, what if you don’t have any ribbon? Make your handle from a scrap of fabric, cut 12-15 inch length x 2 inches wide. Fold the raw edges to the center, wrong sides together and press.
Fold again and press, enclosing the raw edges. Then stitch down the edge to secure.
While you are pulling scraps, you can also do a patchwork of scrappy bits for the backside if you like.
Just piece together bits until you have the right size backing for your top, trim as needed.
Add your handle in the same manner, making sure your seam is oriented toward the back side.
Finish in the same manner.
For the Halloween bag, I had some cute Trick or Treat ribbon, but I forgot to make sure of its orientation, so it is reading backwards. Oh well! This one is destined for my neighbor, with a little loaf of Pumpkin Orange bread baked yesterday along with some of my Peanut Butter Dog Treats for their sweet Maizie girl.
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