This year I decided to be more eco-friendly in my gift wrapping so I sewed a drawstring gift bag using fabric scraps left over from other projects. Of course, I couldn’t resist adding a Liberty patchwork applique tree to the front for decoration. You can also see my other fabric scrap projects here.
The bag is reversible so when it’s not Christmas, you can turn the bag inside out so the lining fabric is on the outside.
I used the same method to create the tree applique as my Liberty scrap quilted pouch. After gluing my scraps to muslin I outlined a tree using a fabric marker. I then used a zigzag stitch to go over the parts of the scraps I knew I would be cutting out as part of the tree. In retrospect I should’ve used a Sharpie marker so I could see the outline. The full tutorial to make a reversible drawstring pouch is here.
I wanted to use the lining as my casing for the drawstring so I added another 4.5″ to the height compared to the outside fabric piece. I made sure the tree was centered and then used glue stick to adhere to the fabric before using a zigzag stitch to sew down the tree applique.
I sewed the ends of the outer and lining fabric together.
I turned the fabric right side out and and then made sure each end had the same width of the lining fabric showing. Then I folded the lining fabric over and sewed it down to make the casing. I sewed the fabric insides facing so I could have french seams on the inside of the bag. I opted to use french seams because I don’t like leaving a gap to turn the bag inside out and then hand sewing after it has been turned right out. I used leftover muslin to make the drawstring for my bag.
Here is a view of the french seams inside the bag.
I hope this gives you another idea for your fabric scrap project this holiday season. Happy Thanksgiving for those of you in the United States. Thanks for stopping by and happy “mad” sewing!