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Still looking for that perfect gift for someone? Look no further than your scrap fabric bin. Not only will you use up your scrap fabrics but you will end up with a great homemade gift for a friend or family member. I always love giving and receiving sewn gifts, and you can easily make one yourself. A bag is used by everyone, so it’s a great practical gift with the added touch of customization.

Above is our Carolina Cosmetic Bag. Which is easily made with only 1/2 yd of fabric and some lining and trims. You can also try placing a piece of cardboard between the two layers of fabric to create a base for the bottom of the bag for a sturdier bag. This cosmetic bag has two interior pockets and a zip closure. See how to make it below! Refer to pattern instructions for seam allowance and cutting out instructions.

Inside pocket: Fold allowances of the upper edge inwards, stitch. Neaten lower edge, press. Baste pocket, touching the lines on the centerpiece (striped fabric). (1)

Side parts:
Press allowances of upper edges. Stitch lower edges, right sides facing, between the lines on the center piece (plain fabric). Cut allowances on the cross lines of the center piece (arrows). Also, stitch the inside of side pieces onto the inside of center piece (striped fabric). (2)

Baste inside and outside center pieces including side pieces facing left to left, one on top of the other. Stitch inside pocket on the lower edge onto pocket center. Stitch the upper edges of the side parts together narrowly. (3)

Lay side parts from seam 6 respectively 7 onto the center piece. Stitch seams. (4)

Enclose edges: Fold and press the long edges along the bias tapes and the end of the bias tapes inwards, about 3/10” (0.7 cm). Then press the tapes onto half of the width. Enclose the short tapes to the side pocket edges. Move pocket edge between the tape edges, until it touches the break line. The tape ends are facing down. Pin tape edges together, stitch. (5)

Open zipper and pin on the upper edges of the center piece, the little teeth touch the marked zipper line. Turn open tape ends, the closed zipper end overlaps. Stitch zipper tapes. Enclose upper edges of the center piece with the bias tapes, the zipper tapes included. From the end of the center piece continue enclosing the zipper tapes only. (6)

Fold placket (piece 6) along, stitch long edges together. Turn placket, press. (7)

Fold half of placket, open edges inside. Lay placket around the overlapping zipper tape and stitch. (8)

I do a lot of traveling so I know I’m going to make one for myself!

Here is another great gift idea for your more tech-savvy friend. Try making this draft-yourself Tablet Cover with or without the pom pom.

Another great (and easy) project to make is our Charlie Bag. This pattern makes a fantastic reusable grocery bag and is great to throw in your purse because it folds up into a little inside pouch!

You can sew and finish the bag in a variety of ways. Depending on how much time you want to spend you can simply serge the edges or bind them, and if your feeling fancy you can easily line it to make the bag reversible.

What other ideas do you have for hand sewn or made holiday gifts?

Meg

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