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Christmas Keepsake Bags

By: Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl

Dream of making homemade crafts this Christmas? Your friends and family will love these Christmas Keepsake Bags from Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl! Spread the joy with these precious keepsakes.

 Christmas Keepsake Bags

Materials:

  • Cloth Napkins
  • Buttons
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ribbon
  • Safety Pins

Instructions:

  1. My pouches started like this. Discounted cloth napkins! 90 cents for each napkin. And here is how they became cute little mini gift pouches:

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  2. Open the napkin up and cut it into quarters.

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  3. Fold the napkin in half.

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
  4. Allow 1/4 inch seam allowance on the open edge of your pouch, then layout your design and sketch with a disappearing marker where your stitch lines will appear.


     
  5. Sew along the lines you drew. (My machine has a few decorative stitches, but I could have done them by hand instead.)

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  6. Then hand sew the buttons on where you want them.


     
  7. Once your design has been completely stitched You will need to hem the raw edge on your napkin.

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  8. Next, fold over the top of your pouch approximately 1/2″ to accommodate your ribbon drawstring.

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  9. Stitch the ribbon drawstring pocket closed. If your sewing machine has decorative stitches you may choose to use one of them, but be sure to sew on the right side.

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  10. Fold your napkin back in half with the right sides together, and stitch along the bottom and open sides of your pouch. (I stitched this pouch a little higher on the bottom edge to make the flower stems end in the seam.) Be careful to stop stitching up the side before the drawstring opening.

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  11. Snip off the corners of your pouch.

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  12. Turn your pouch right side out.

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  13. Cut a length of ribbon long enough to thread through the top of your pouch and to tie a bow. Then attach a safety pin to one end of the ribbon. (I added some scotch tape so the pin wouldn’t fray the ribbon.)

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  14. Gently feed the ribbon through the bag using the safety pin to push its way through.

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  15. Add some goodies to your pouches and tie the ribbon to close it up.

    Christmas Keepsake Bags
     
  16. For the Rudolf and tree bag, I simply cut out the shapes using felt and stitched around the edges.
    Christmas Keepsake Bags

 

 

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