I love to include tote bags in my shoe boxes so the child can carry their new goodies easily. I decided a few weeks ago that I'd make drawstring bags just large enough to tuck the shoe box inside -- that way they can carry all their goodies with or without the shoe box. As you can see, I started with my scraps.
EDITING: I've written up instructions on how to make the drawstring bags. Find them here:
Scraps from Pillow Case Style Dresses
Many of my scraps I have used to make American Girl pillow case dresses to raise funds for Dress A Girl Around the World -- each dress was a match to one I made for a girl in crisis. But I ended that
project last year and have gathered lots of new scraps which I tried to match up for these patchwork bags.
|Aqua, lime green, orange and pink fabrics.|
|This matches a patchwork apron I made for a shoe box.|
Scraps from My Daughter's Projects
My daughter recovered some patio furniture for a friend and had this heavy duty fabric left. I pieced together all the pieces and it was the perfect size. I added the bright pink bias tape scraps in honor of my mother-in-law. She loved green and pink together.
This heavy linen was leftover from a dress my daughter made. I had enough to patch two sideways pieces on either side of the center panel. I added the ribbon over the seems to separate the directional differences in the design using the same ribbon as the drawstring.
Unloved Fabric -- Donation that wasn't quite suitable for a pillow case dress.
This fabric was a just a little too "see thru" to make a dress for a little girl. It was perfect for a drawstring bag and I love I had this ribbon for the drawstring with the pink/yellow/rose combination to match it so perfectly.
To take up less room in the shoe box, I tuck them inside a sandwich zipper bag and squeeze out all the air.
My next project is toy sacks! Dozens & Dozens!
You can find out more about the Stitched In Color Purging Party by clicking the image below.