The Christmas sweet bag is I think the first time that I have managed to produce a festive project in July, in keeping with the Christmas in July trend which gives crafters plenty of time to make things for Christmas. This is a very simple and easy to make bag, so that may be why I managed it now! It would be great for either sweets or small trinkets and measures about 6″ square and a couple of inches high.
Cutting requirements for the Christmas sweet bag
10″ squares: one each in green and red
cord: about 40″of matching cord or ribbon
Making the Christmas sweet bag
Place the two squares with right sides together and sew around three and a half edges. Clip the corners and turn the bag right side out through the gap in the stitching.
Turn under a small hem on the unsewn part of the seam and press in place. Top stitch all round the edge to hold the seam in place.
Lay the square out so that the side that you wish to be the outside is on top – in my case that’s the red.
Lay the cord across a corner and fold the corner in towards the middle. If you measure both sides of the folded section at 2.1/2″ then you’ll be sure that the turned in triangle is even.
Obviously in normal times the cord would have matched the fabrics, but most of my stuff is packed away ready for the move and all I could find was this pink cord – which is totally inappropriate, but illustrates the technique for making the bag.
Sew across the corner just inside the cord, but making sure that you don’t catch the cord in the stitching. Backstitch at each end of this seam.
Repeat with the other three corners.
Tie the two ends of the cord together so make sure that they don’t slip out from inside those folded corners. Slowly begin to pull the cord from two sides to draw up the sides of the Christmas sweet bag.
Keep tightening the cord until you feel that the bag is as tight as you wish it to be. In the photo at the top I have the edges of the bag (between the folds) inside the cord so that they form folds within the bag, but you can see it here where I have pushed the edges to the outside -it’s up to you which way you prefer to arrange the fabric in your Christmas sweet bag.
I haven’t sewn the red folds in place on either of these versions, but you may wish to do so in order to make the bag more secure. It really depends what you will be putting in the bag.
Here’s the video:
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