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I've always been a crafty person. I love the visual arts and just like to create things. I tend to stare at each item in awe when it is complete... thinking "I made this!?" Call me a hopeless romantic, but the old days had it right in many ways, including traditional homemaking. I've been hobby sewing and crafting since I was a little girl. But in recent years, I found it necessary to sew clothes for my girls to keep them modestly dressed. While nursing my babies, I began making nursing covers for myself and friends. I've also done furniture restoration, crocheting, baking, painting/drawing, photography and more. Enjoying these feminine crafts and other projects has made me want to share my ideas and talents.

I hope to provide you with great ideas and quality products that will "keep you covered!" Some items will be available at an Etsy Shop. Also enjoy my tips and examples on this blog!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


Sibling Shower
These are simple directions to sewing a gift bag which costs less than a craft store tote and more durable than a paper gift bag. Taking credit for this design myself. Please use freely for your crafty gatherings!

These bags were used as "diaper bag" gift bags at a Sibling Shower. A real hit with the kids.

1. Cut 12” Grosgrain Ribbon for Handle.

2. Cut fabric on fold 8” by 10” (opens to 8”x20”). Sew together two sides, leaving one 10 inch opening on top.

3. Sew two bottom corners by first folding into triangles with bottom seam in middle. Sew about 1.5” from tip. Cut off tip. This will create a flat, rectangular bottom of the bag.


4. Pin Ribbon Handle to center on each side of bag, into folded top seam (about ½ in - width of sewing machine foot).

5. Stitch seam down middle.

I chose to first cut all fabric and ribbon. Then sewed step #2 for all. Finally I completed each bag individually. It went rather quickly, sewing 22 bags in about 2 hours. No fussing with closures or liners.

Sibling Shower


Monica @ Equipping Catholic Families said...

Nice post! Love your 1st Communion Cakes!

Thanks for linking up to the Catholic Bloggers Network...I hope that it becomes an awesome network and resource for all of us Catholic Bloggers!
Love your blog!

Jade@How to Sew said...

Nice one mate, just to add up.. Select the material that suits your project. Fancier fabrics are hard to sew. Don’t forget your buttons, snaps or a zipper for the closure.

Melissa @ Modest Mommies said...

Thanks for your comment. Just a note, there is no info about zippers, buttons, or fancy fabrics because it's meant to be cheap and easy for kids gift bags at a party. I didn't want to waste money on paper gift bags or expensive canvas totes.

The kids loved them. One possiblility I had considered was to use fabric paint to add their names on the bag.

Holly@A Life-Size Catholic Blog said...

Wow! You have some great ideas posted here! Where do you find the time?

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