Friday, December 25, 2009

Your Mission...

I have decided to make the world a better place and I have started with a one-woman war against Christmas fabric.  It's not like I plan to napalm fabric stores selling holly-laden bolts, but I do plan to rescue Christmas fabric from the sewing machines of others who intend to turn it into a tree skirt or a table runner or some country-time-lemonade Christmas quilt.  Yikes!

Instead, I am going to take Christmas fabric and use it to make gift bags!  Hah!  The idea all started last year when my mother gave me a yard and a half of holly/poinsettia fabric.  Ugh!  I politely thanked her, but inwardly cringed at the thought of contributing to a world already filled with too many holiday quilts.    After letting the yardage sit in the back of my fabric stash for a few months, I started to think about holiday gift bags.  Instead of wasting paper, I could create a pretty, reusable Christmas gift bag.

They were great!  I made about five bags using this pattern.  What a relief!  I was no longer burdened with Christmas fabric.  Little did I know that I would soon be given another half-yard of blue Christmas tree fabric.  Would this cycle never end?  Then, over the summer I happened upon an estate sale up the road from me. The little old lady had been a sewer and they were selling off her fabric! I found a few packages of Christmas fabric and immediately realized that I had a mission to complete:  I had to make more gift bags!

I gave away my last roll of wrapping paper and used handmade drawstring bags to package presents this year.  For gift tags, I cut up old Christmas cards and punched holes in them.

So, Sewer Sluts, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to join me in this effort.  Rescue fabric from a pathetic fate as a table runner and make some gift bags!

1 comment:

Susan N. said...

Just beautiful!
I failed in my Xmas gift bag mission this year... but may do some in the coming week to be ready for next year.
Thanks for posting the link to the pattern!