Monday, December 12, 2011

Homemade gift totes

Oh, now these are fun and so easy.  I saw them on another blog recently done with magazine pages, but since I have like a bazillion pieces of scrapbooking paper laying about, I decided to use that.  Now, the bags are for my kids teachers at Brooklet Elementary (which is the greatest school...EVER!)  So, here's what I did...

Gather 4 pieces of paper. 

I sewed a tree on one piece only.  ( This will be the front panel piece)

Sew two of them together only at the top (wrong sides together)  This is your front panel.  Sew the other two together at the top the same way.  This is your back panel.  Using the two sheets per panel makes it sturdier.

Align them up and sew a zig zag stitch up the other three sides.

Punch holes to place ribbon handles in.

Add a pretty gift tag.


Here's how mine turned out...

Aren't they cute??? 
Think of how you could personalize this!!!!

this one has a little twist...the sides are accordian folded magazine pages..

Loving this one...pretty colors...

Did I mention I love, love, love polka dots?

Can you guess who this one is for?  Ha!
We love our bus driver!


Wanna see what's going into the bags?

I know you do




to show you!

Christmas bunting!
I so love bunting!
Especially when it's done in simple fabrics. 
These were super easy.  The panels are a drop cloth
sewn with a zig zag stitch.  I topped it with binding and added cotton
twine on the ends to hang it.   I added little jingle bells to them as well.
I made four different one's and the kids got to choose which one's they wanted to give.

So they are happily wrapped up in tissue paper inside the goodie bags.

All in all, a fun crafting night.
And I checked alot off my to do list!

Hope you are getting stuff done too!


Linking this up at Tatertots and Jello Holly Blogging Linky Party!


  1. Oh I love bunting too -a little too much, always doing some. I am very impressed by your bags, just beautiful- i will try these for sure!
    I am now following and hope you can pop over to Elle and Lou also. Lou

  2. Oh those totes are just too cute! Thanks for linking up at Hating Martha!


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