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Fabric Gift Bags


Fabric Gift Bags

Gift wrapping is one of my favorite parts of the holidays. We tend to keep our gift giving simple, so thoughtfully wrapping with coordinated papers and ribbons is something that brings me joy and helps make those presents seem extra special. This year, I decided to make the wrapping part of the gift for a few presents, and make drawstring fabric bags to "wrap" them. This works well for theme gifts that have a few smaller gifts together, or toys with small parts as it gives something to store it in after opening! 

Drawstring bags are about as simple as sewing projects get, but if you need a refresher this tutorial on Purl Soho is good. I created the gathered ruffle at the top by folding over a large amount at the top- several inches- then sewing the channel for the drawstring at the bottom of the folded section. 

You can take it one step further and personalize your gift bags! I got my kids to help by making a cream linen drawstring bag and letting them loose with a fabric pen. Charly is just learning to read and write so I had her write a sweet note for her grandma on the bag. Soon she'll know how to spell properly, so I wanted to memorialize this little moment where she'll sound out any word, but it takes some serious work to decipher. I just can't get enough of the fun ways she's spelling words, and I know Grandma will love it too! Charly and Caroline both took turns drawing on the reverse side- both drew girls flying kites, and there are a few candy canes on there as well!

This would be a great project for painting or coloring with fabric markers or pastels like Jane did. There are plenty of fun tutorials you could try here on Petit a Petit as well- try this Lego Print technique for a great bag for corralling those new legos,  potato stamping like Celina did on this Tumble Tee, customize a finger print design like these bugs (maybe make them into Rudolph?!), make a galaxy print like this post, or try some dip dye or freezer paper stencil like this post. The possibilities are endless, and getting kids involved makes it a very meaningful addition to your gift- and gives them something to do while they're home for the holidays! 

Happy wrapping!



DIY Boho Fringe Necklace


DIY Boho Fringe Necklace

Hello again friends! Holli here- I haven't been here in a while because I was busy having a baby, which means my time for creative ventures has significantly decreased with a newborn to care for. My sewing machine didn't see any use for months and I'm finally feeling able to do a bit of sewing and creating. I'm finding I need relatively quick and easy projects though, as my three girls are keeping me quite busy. 

This project, the Boho Fringe Necklace, is perfect for those who don't have  a lot of time to dedicate to a project. I made the entire thing, including photographing each step, during one nap! Sometimes you just need to make something, and this is an easy project to fill that creative void. With school now out for the summer this could also be a great project to do with school age kids- it's simple and only requires minimal materials and supervision, and my favorite part- it uses up scraps or old t shirts. Upcycling for the win! Ready to get started?


Old t shirts or knit scraps

Fabric scissors or rotary cutter and mat

Ruler (I used a clear quilting ruler with my rotary cutter and mat)


Click on the photos below to see each step!

1. Gather your fabric- I used old t shirts, but jersey knit scraps will work as well. 

2. Cut fabric- cut across the width of the shirts (or across direction of greatest stretch if using fabric scraps) into 1" strips. 

3. Remove seams- if using t shirts, cut the ends where the seams are. Each fabric loop will now be two fabric strips. 

4. Stretch- stretch each fabric strip so the edges roll, forming t shirt yarn.

5. Select string- choose a strand to be the base of the necklace. Make sure it is long enough to go over your head once tied. 

6. Attach center strand- select the color for the center of your fringe necklace. Fold it in half and lay the folded loop over the base strand. Loop the two ends behind the base strand and down through the loop. Pull tight. 

7. Attach the fringe- continue attaching each strand, working out from the center, until your fringe is as wide as you'd like. I used six strands on either side of the center strand- two of each color. 

8. Trim- cut the ends of the fringe to the desired shape

9. Tie the ends together and rock that statement necklace! 

I love how fun this necklace is- fun to make and fun to wear! You can change the look a lot by selecting different fabrics like fun prints or a monochromatic theme, by varying the lengths and shape you cut it to, and how many strands you use. You could even use a large link chain as the base and loop the strands through the links, or use a leather lace or thin rope for a totally different look! This one was quickly claimed by my 5 year old, but I'm hoping to make one for myself soon! 

I'd love to see your version of the Boho Fringe necklace- take a photo and tag me on instagram @hollicoats so I can see what you make!