Thursday, December 9, 2010

Reusable Christmas Wrap #4--Fold Over Button Bag

This tutorial is sponsored by Cherry Lane Textiles.  
Be sure to check out her shop!  

Note: This tutorial makes 1 fold over button bag

  • old hair elastic (or store-bought elastic)
  • button

Step 1: Hem top edge

Choose one long edge.  On that edge, fold over 1/2" and iron.

Fold over another 1/2" and iron.

Sew 1/8" from the folded edge.

Step 2: Sew bottom and side seam
Right sides together, fold in half lengthwise.

Sew a 1/2" seam around the bottom and side, leaving the hemmed edge open at the top.

Step 3: Finish raw edges

Clip corners of seam allowance.

Zigzag stitch or serge around seam allowance.

Turn right side out and press. 

Step 4: Mark elastic and button placement
If available, place gift inside bag, making sure the gift sits all the way at the bottom of the bag.

Fold the top of the bag over.

Fold the top edge in half to find the center.

Using a fabric marking pen, mark the center of the top of the bag (on the outside and inside of the bag).

Also mark where you'd like your button to go.

Step 5: Cut and attach elastic
Cut elastic.  (Mine was an old hair elastic.)  I used a 1" button and I cut my elastic 3 1/2" long.

Sewing on the inside of your hem, begin sewing just before the place you've marked for your elastic to go.  Stitch back and forth a couple of times to secure stitching.

With the needle in the down position, lift your presser foot.

Fold elastic in half.

Slide the ends under the presser foot, pushing the elastic up against your needle.  Put your presser foot back down and continue sewing, stitching back and forth over the elastic several times so it's secure.

Step 6: Attach button

Sew your button on according to the mark you made previously.

Step 7: Remove markings
If you used a disappearing ink pen (like I did), apply water to markings to make them disappear.

And you're done!

Just place your gift inside...

...fold the top over, and slip the elastic over the button.  So simple!

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Happy wrapping!


David Mayer said...

Katie, I don't know how you come up with all this stuff, but it sure is adorable!!

Kathy Haynie said...

Very cute!

Julie - On the Dot Creations said...

What a cute idea, Katie! I just had to post this on my polka dotted blog today!

Merry Christmas to you!

Louisa said...

I love this idea! I like to have reusable gift wrap. I have some Christmas buttons that would make a great embellishment on a gift. Thanks for the inspiration.