Free Project Friday: The Green Bag Edition

December 03, 2010, 16:37 pm  Posted by Amanda Carestio

green gift bagDo you have plans for a handmade AND eco-friendly holiday? Us, too! Join forces with the Green Grocery Bag Challenge, aimed at the simple goal of using reusable grocery bags as an eco-friendly alternative to wrapping paper. To get you in the mood, here’s a simple felt gift bag tutorial to share, created by yours truly! What eco-friendly holiday traditions are you starting this year?

First, here’s what you need: a scrap of fabric and red felt, a big square of green felt, some cording, a button, and four grommets.

Download the flower template and cut it out. Trace the shape onto the paper side of a fusible-backed fabric scrap.

Cut the fabric shape out and fuse it to a scrap of red felt (using a pressing cloth so you don’t burn your felt!). Cut around the fabric flower shape, leaving a little red felt showing at the edges.

Stitch through the center of each petal with green thread.

Next, cut a large + shape out of felt (or piece scraps together to make the basic shape).

Fold the edges together with wrong sides facing, and then pin and stitch along each edge. Trim off the excess so all of the sides are the same height.

Set grommets in the top left and right edges of the front and back panels. Feed the cording through grommets and knot the ends.

Layer the flower together with a button, and stitch it in place on the front panel. Voila!

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  • Anonymous

    Thanks so much!

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  • Nykegodess

    Thanks, just what I was looking for! I am going to make 3 little bags for my DD preschool teachers. Oh and I have never sewed! Heehehehhee wish me luck.

    Merry Xmas!

  • Anonymous

    You can do it!!! Happy (crafty) holidays to you as well!

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