Thursday, December 1, 2011

Giftmaking

Tonight is our annual Christmas exchange with our Bunco players group.  I purchased a gift card for a planned holder made from my favorite pattern, the Snap Happy bag.  A few months ago in the clearance aisle at JoAnn's Fabrics I found discontinued special order fabric samples, and quickly snapped up all the 100% silk ones at $2 each.  The samples are about 17" square so nearly a fat quarter size. Using the largest size measurements from the pattern (~6" x 7") I could cut two bags from each sample, if desired.

Pearl colored silk combined with a stash fat quarter of a Japanese woven in a dragon print.

Some simple meandering with a variegated Sulky thread.

This time I matched the fabric triangle pull tabs to the lining, then cut more steel measuring tape to insert into the casing and sewed up the sides. Voila, a classy gift bag I hope one of the Bunco gals will love.  We have lots of fun "stealing" already opened gifts throughout the night's games.  Lots of laughter and food and drink on the agenda for tonight, as always!

13 comments:

Sarah said...

What a neat gift idea that could be stuffed with all kinds of things - I keep meaning to pick up that pattern and it's about time I do :)

Vivian said...

I have the pattern and have never used it -- how stupid is that? Using the outdated samples from JoAnn's is a wonderful idea! I'm sure the bag is going to be "stolen" a lot tonight.

Belinda said...

These are always nice! Great gift!

Mary said...

I am quite sure that whoever is lucky enough to end up with this prize will really love it.

Quilter Kathy said...

What a great idea!
No pressure...but...I missed the Tuesday Orts!!

Quilt Hollow said...

I made several of these last year...they are so much fun to make and easy..perfect gifties.

Candace said...

I need to learn to play Bunco! Who wouldn't want to "steal" that cute bag, Annie!
Cheers!

Shay said...

Lovely bag Annie. I wish I could meander.

Have fun stealing at Bunco (sounds very naughty and almost illegal !)

Denise :) said...

Oh, great idea -- and it looks marvelous!! Hope you had a great time! :)

Stephanie D. said...

Sounds like a great time! How many times did your contribution get stolen?

Kate said...

I love that fabric you used! Very cute bag. How many times did it get stolen?

*karendianne. said...

Oh Annie, this is absolutely 100% beautiful. Really stunning. What a great great job.

Tanya said...

I like your bag!! I still don't understand how you get the steel measuring tape in there...