When I saw a tutorial for these bags over on KoJoDesigns, it struck me as the perfect project for me: my kids love bags, it looked super fast and simple, and I had all the materials on hand!
I modified the tutorial a bit. (Come on - do I even have to tell you now? I canNOT follow directions!)
The original tutorial used four pieces of craft felt. Last year, I scored several large pieces of felt off of Freecycle, so I used those. Instead of cutting out four squares and sewing them together, I just cut the bag in one piece.
I wanted a bag with 7" sides, so I cut a square of fabric that was 21" on each side. (7 inches for each side, plus 7 for the bottom.) Then, I folded it into quarters and cut a 7" square out of one corner (the corner with the single layers, not the folded layers) to make a cross.
After that, it was a simple matter of appliqueing the initials on each bag, and sewing up the sides! (I had received a ton of ricrac in a Freecycle pick-up that morning, so I threw it on, too. Is it just me, or does ric-rac make anyone else think of alligator teeth?)
The drawstring is super simple - since felt doesn't ravel, I cut slits every few inches and threaded ribbon through. Easy peasy!
A note on the slits - since I wanted both ends of the ribbon to end up coming out of the holes, I made sure to cut an even number of slits.
Hopefully, over the next two weeks I can find some goodies to stick in the bags. They're not meant to be magic or anything...just a bag where we can all stick valentines for the kids. They get to open the bags on Valentine's day. Extra bonus - Chinese New Year falls on Valentine's Day this year, which means two things: 1) their grandparents will be here to celebrate and 2) there will be lai-sih (little red envelopes with money) and small oranges in the bags, along with whatever candy I round up. 'Cause nothing says "I appreciate you" like money and chocolate! (Right, ladies?)