Hi-Lo everyone? Has it gotten cold where you are yet? We had some nice weather in NY this weekend but it’s supposed to get cold again. And frankly, I’m a little happy to hear that. It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me if it’s not cold. There really isn’t much time left with eight days left and counting before Christmas is here. Especially when your goal is to make and give heartfelt and handmade gifts to family and friends. I like to give a mix of purchased and handmade gifts every year. I love getting gifts people put thought, time and energy into. I mean sure a gift card is nice but you feel special when someone goes the extra mile.
Quite a few years back I started making felt bags to give gifts in. These holiday bags are easy and cheap to make, they’re also a lot of fun to decorate. You can personalize them or just decorate them for the holiday.
- White dental floss
- Sewing machine (optional)
I’m sewing machine challenged and while I know more today than I did a year ago (thanks to my talented niece) I still prefer to sew these with a large needle and dental floss. You can whip these up in no time with a sewing machine if you prefer.
I usually sew mine while I’m watching a movie or something. This is the kind of craft that doesn’t require much thought. You just want to make sure the stitch is straight; it looks a little funny if it’s crooked. I cut two strips of felt for the handles and stitch along both sides. When that’s done I attach them with my glue gun. You can sew them of course but gluing is easier.
I just love making these felt holiday bags for family and friends.