I made 12 bags from one yard of fabric and then had to have the shower hostess get more, once all the RSVPs were in, to make an additional three bags.
I had fun being creative with my photo subject :) At the same time as more gift bag fabric was delivered, another project came along with it--two banners. Printed flags were all ready to be inserted into the yards and yards of "string" I made from various prints the hostess, Shasta, purchased.
I cut the strips 2" wide and sewed them together with diagonal seams, a la binding, and pressed them in half. Then I opened up the strip and brought one edge to the center and the other to about 3/8". I inserted the paper flag, using a ruler and spacing them as I went, and stitched. I used a larger needle to help with this (size 14). The flags were about 8" across at their tops.
It went pretty quickly once I started sewing--the prep took the longest amount of time, of course!
Turned out pretty cute! The other banner is about four times as long as this and reads "Elaine Loves Chris". I hope to get a photo of it at the shower.
On Monday I picked up my fair entries and ribbons--plus a check for $4.00 for winning the two second place prizes. My dad wanted me to put them on my sewing machine as "campaign ribbons". This photo is for you, Dad!