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Craft Your Stash | Fat Quarter Gift Bags

Welcome to the Craft Your Stash Blog Hop on Craft Critique! We’re blog hopping to celebrate the launch of my friend Lisa Fulmer’s new book, Craft Your Stash: Transforming Craft Closet Treasures into Gifts, Home Décor & More!

Craft Your Stash cover

Craft Your Stash is all about, well, crafting your stash – digging into the unused piles and turning them into something useful (and beautiful).

On page 78, there is a fun fat quarter project called “Easy-Sew Fabric Gift Bags”.

fabric gift bagsI am obsessed with fat quarters and projects for them so I have loads of fat quarters laying around. Although Lisa and I are going to have to have a little talk about my treasured horde of fat quarters being called “stash”. They aren’t stash. They just haven’t found the right project yet!

I decided that with the holidays coming up fast that what would be more timely than some Christmas bags?

Fat Quarter Gift Bags ChristmasTo make the pictured assortment required five fat quarters, with two of the fat quarters being the same to make the large green bag. You can make the four bags from four fat quarters if you don’t mind the two small bags being the same fabric.

Different styles of ties can really change the look of the bags:

IMG_7363 IMG_7365Some tips and tricks for making this project:

  • Pinking shears are a great tool for this project. Clipping your fabric edges after sewing them will help keep them from fraying so they stay neater while being used and the bags will last longer.
  • For really durable bags (and a more elegant look), consider assembling the bag using french seams that hide the raw edges completely. I did this on the small black bag and it really stepped it up. This would be a great extra touch for a really formal gift or event.
  • Be careful about fabric design direction when selecting fabric. If a design is directional, make sure it will be upright after you cut and fold the fabric in the direction called for in the instructions for the size bag you are making.

If you’ve got stash that needs to be crafted, Craft Your Stash is available on Amazon.com, and in local book and craft stores. Autographed copies are available at CraftYourStash.com.

You can also win a copy of the book to play with yourself (and other great prizes) by entering the drawing using the widget embedded below!

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To  learn more about the Craft Your Stash Blog Hop, visit the introduction post on Lisa Fulmer’s site, or start visiting the other hop participants through the links below!

 

 


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Nancy Nally is the owner of Nally Studios LLC., and the Publisher & Editor of ScrapbookUpdate.com and CraftCritique.com. Nancy also served as the “Modern Business” columnist for Northridge Publishing’s Creative Retailer magazine for several years, before becoming the magazine’s editor from 2013 until its closure in 2014. Her writing has also appeared in CLN Online and CHA's Craft Industry Today. In addition to writing, Nancy is also an experienced speaker and presenter, having given business seminars at many recent Craft & Hobby Association trade shows. From 2011 until 2012, she was the founding co-host of the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast, and she can also be seen on five episodes from the second and third seasons of the PBS television series Scrapbook Soup. Nancy also does freelance public relations work and consulting for private companies about the scrapbook industry’s trends and business climate.

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11 Responses to Craft Your Stash | Fat Quarter Gift Bags

  1. Beth T. October 2, 2014 at 3:16 am #

    Fabric, fabric, fabric!

  2. kyle October 2, 2014 at 5:19 am #

    What a great idea, so easy to make… beats spending lots of $$ on cheaply made store bought gift bags and nothing better than receiving a gift made by hand!

  3. Jeri J. October 2, 2014 at 7:56 am #

    always looking for a way to use paper. Help! I am a paper hoarder:)

  4. Laura Strack October 2, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Those bags are totally cute!! I’m going to break out my collection…er Stash of fabrics and get to crafting. Thanks so much for sharing Lisa’s darling idea. I would love to read this book. Great Blog Hop!!

  5. Lisa Fulmer October 2, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

    I love fat quarters too – yummy like candy!! We’ll have that chat at CHA, missy – lol. 🙂 Thanks for being on the tour!

  6. Barb MacAskill October 2, 2014 at 8:53 pm #

    Love the bags and am thinking that you could use paper to make these bags also! Not as durable but easy to do. I am going to be searching my stash for papers to make them with! Dying to see what else is in this book for great ideas!!! Would love to win a copy!

  7. Shauna October 3, 2014 at 12:30 am #

    I love these bags but I can’t sew! Can they be made with the stuff you iron on to bond fabric together? I can’t think of the name of it right now. You could make them for all kinds of occasions and would make great wine bags too. Even though I don’t sew I have quite a bit of fabrics and fat quarters to use in mixed media projects. Beyond this project I would love this book because what a hoard I have! I know I’m not alone – now I can use this book as evidence to convince my husband of that! 🙂 I imagine this book will find it’s way to many artists shelves!

  8. Renee Joy October 3, 2014 at 1:08 am #

    This is so awesome!! Thanks for the inspiration….oh, those little bags are so cute, too!!

  9. Renee Joy October 3, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Oh, I did not tell you my biggest craft stash….it’s paper!! Thanks so much for the chance!!

  10. lorraine October 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm #

    lovely bags

  11. Jennifer Priest October 4, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    These bags are a great idea!! Love it!!!