Last minute gifts…

Because there is still time!  And because the traffic at the mall is crazy.

Ever since Lisa and Sarah of A Spoonful of Sugar posted this little gift bag tutorial in 2011, it’s been one of my favorites little things to make.  They’re relatively fast, relatively easy and you probably already have everything you need to make them.

A Spoonful of Sugar Fabric Gift Pouch:

I made one teeny, tiny, itty-bitty change… instead of using the size squares they specify, I used Layer Cake squares.  The pre-cuts make a fast project a little bit easier.  The upside is that one Layer Cake is 42 squares so…

Twenty-one gift pouches.  If I wanted to use them for an Advent Calendar, I only need six more squares.  Gift bags?  Easily done.  Something to put at each place for Christmas dinner?  How many guests are coming?  They’re also perfect for any kind of gift-giving occasion.  And they could be used to corral small items in a travel bag.

The tutorial is terrific – Lisa and Sarah are known for that – and they share several ways of embellishing the bags.

Okay, I might have made a second teeny, tiny, itty-bitty change… I added a piece of lightweight fusible interfacing to one of the squares.  (Either the Face It Soft by Sew Lazy or Pellon 206F.)  I like the extra bit of “body” the interfacing gives the finished pouch.  The extra layer does add some thickness at the top and the opening doesn’t close quite as tightly, but I like how the rest of the pouch feels.

To add the interfacing, cut a square 5/8″ smaller than the size of the fabric square – a 9-3/8″ square of interfacing for the layer cake square.  The interfacing is centered on the wrong side of the outer-fabric and fused to the fabric.

Pretty cute!  Especially out of this awesome Swell Christmas collection by Urban Chiks.

For more last-minute gift ideas:

That’s it for today – we’ve got bolts and fabric to count for Inventory.  I always enjoy doing it because… hanging out in the warehouse surrounded by fabric?  What’s not to love about that?!

Happy Tuesday!

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16 comments on “Last minute gifts…

  1. Julie Saemisch says:

    Those are so cute Carrie! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Cheri says:

    Is the interfacing fused to the right side or the wrong side of the outer fabric?

  3. Alice says:

    Adorable! Happy counting!

  4. Barbara says:

    Thanks so much for always keeping us inspired! Every last minute gift idea is wonderful. Merry Christmas!

  5. Janet says:

    Thank you for the bags. I volunteer to snugle, oh I mean count the fabric.

  6. Delightful use for all my fabulous Moda Christmas fabrics!! Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and yours. Happy counting out in the warehouse. Allison in Plano

  7. Libby says:

    I love this post and thank you for sharing…………..Merry Christmas to all !!!!

  8. Kay says:

    These are darling. next year I will certainly be buying a Christmas layer cake early to make some. x

  9. Hildy says:

    These pouches are so cute! Have fun counting the bolts:-)

  10. dondim says:

    It’s too bad you can’t just send in R2D2!

  11. Ramona Chester says:

    Very cute – why don’t you just put an interfacing square on point on the “wrong side” of the outer fabric – kind of like a square in a square? Then it wouldn’t interfere with the gathering and I think the points would still have enough body. I do like that they can be used for those odd shaped objects.

  12. Leota Krantz says:

    Simply love these.

  13. Barbara Esposito, The Quilted B says:

    Carrie to the rescue! thank you for these quick last minute gift ideas. I do believe I will be whipping me up some bags and candy canes this evening!

  14. Stephanie Woodward says:

    So much fabric to fondle. How much fun is that?

  15. Barbara Opett says:

    None of the gift bag tutorials to make the gift bags is working for me. I have tried all four of them and they are not bringing me there.
    Loved your post other than that. Merry Chjristmas

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