Saturday, December 4, 2010

Simple Gift Bag

 I've been cutting up old jeans, hoping to make a denim quilt one day. 
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remembered seeing denim pants
used as gift bags. I decided to sew some up.
 However, denim isn't the most *Christmaslike" kind of fabric.
I found some old fabric; I think I might've bought it the first year I was married. 
I know, it's silly that I kept it, but I don't have lots of Christmas fabric, so I'd stashed it away. 
I lined my little denim bag with it. It was very easy to do.
Don't look too closely at the sewing though! 
 Adding a bow...and now we have a homemade Christmas bag.
Great for putting a little gift or a few goodies in :-)
I made this one quickly, to use for a gift. I think it probably took 15 or 20 minutes, including cutting.
It's reversible too :-) You don't have to line them, 
and any fabric and ribbon would work.
A little applique or embroidery on the front would be pretty too.
I'm joining Joyce at Friday Pretties,
Jami at  Air Your Laundry Friday,
and Donna at Saturday Night Special
Have a wonderful weekend my friends!
Blessings,
Marcia

40 comments:

  1. So pretty Marcia......but...what is in it ??????.....hahahah!! lovely weekend .....warm hugs from me Ria....

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  2. This is WONDERFUL, Marcia! I actual prefer this approach to that of glitter and shine for the holidays.

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  3. This is so cute and clever! Oh, the possibilities!

    Thanks for sharing this idea!

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  4. Mary-That is just a darling idea! One I will use for sure! Hugs-Diana

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  5. What a great idea! You did a beautiful job!! ♥

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  6. What a cute idea. With all your kids I bet you have a few blue jeans to recycle. I was a teen in the 70's and levi's were a fashion staple. I still like my 501's. I especially like the material you used for the lining. The stitching just adds to it's charm :D

    Take good care,

    Karen

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  7. You are so creative! I love this idea! And I love that the gift bag doubles as another gift, like a surprise within a surprise! Have a wonderful weekend and Merry Christmas!

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  8. Great idea! You're making me want to get my sewing machine out - I must resist the urge since I'm terrible at sewing!

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  9. What a great idea, do you know how many bags of old worn out jeans I have in my shed, because I have been saving them to make a jean quilt.
    That is so cute. I love it with the Christmas fabric on top too. I like the simple look with just the jean and the red ribbon too.
    What a great idea!

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  10. These are too cute. I'm calling for my girls right this minute to show them. I know they will want to make some.

    Homemade bread is the same way here too. If you don't get any while it's warm you've missed out.

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  11. Hey- Just wanted you to know that I KNOW your name is Marcia-even though I called your Mary before! LOL- Just slap me when you see me! Thanks for all the cute comments you leave on my blog- Hugs-Diana

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  12. I LOVE this idea. I'm definitely going to 'borrow' it! I have tons of denim for a (one day) quilt also. We have 7 children..what wasn't handed down and worn out, I kept!
    Thank you for visiting my blog. Looking forward to reading more of yours in the future!

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  13. Hey Marcia, thanks for the idea about the translator- bar, its amazing! I did it now, and I tried translate it into english. Its very funny, because it isnt quite right. But I guess its easier to understand what Im writing about!:) Have a beautiful weekend!

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  14. I love this Christmas gift bag project! Yours looks great!
    I hope to make some but I've got so much on the 'to do' list that I'm beginning to feel 'snowed under' :-)!
    But I'm still enjoying the fun of the season!
    Best wishes
    Christine

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  15. I just love them...and denim is such a great material to hold on to..everyone will love them, they are so pretty! ;D

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  16. Those bags are adorable!! A great idea!

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  17. Cute, cute, cute...I have been wanting to sew and I need to do some next week...you got me inspired!!

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  18. Such a cute idea ... I always seem to have old jeans around!
    Blessings,
    Janet

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  19. very neat!! you are a virtuous woman for sure :-)

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  20. Such a very neat idea! Hope your Sunday is wonderful.

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  21. You're so clever. This turned out so cute :)

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  22. Hi Marcia! I am finally back in blogland and visiting again. Now I come back to see you are being so creative. I love this bag! What a great thing to give as the wrapping is a gift in itself. I see someone using it afterwards to keep things in a bathroom or closet or drawer or well...anywhere.

    Hugs from Holland ~
    Heidi

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  23. Marcia! You're most creative! This is so cute! And denim reminds me of a country cowboy Christmas! Love the little lining.
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia :)

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  24. Wow, I LOVE it!
    This reminds me of something my mother would do! She is so creative like that - and you too!

    Leanne

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  25. Hi Marcia,

    What a great - and original idea. And what very gorgeous ribbon you have in your stash. I was just thinking today that I need some thicker ribbon. I couldn't think of a project to use it for, I just wanted some so this gives me a perfect excuse!!

    Sarahx

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  26. sweet idea, marcia. love the idea of a denim quilt with your little one's cast off jeans.

    i hope you have a lovely weekend
    xo
    ~molly

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  27. I love it! Very original and charming... would be great for a bottle of wine.
    Blessings~
    Gwenny

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  28. What a cute idea! I think it would be great for birthdays too.

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  29. Hi Marcia,
    what a good idea! I will file it so I can use it later some times! Right now I'm sewing a Christmas gift for my daughter, a bag to hang her national costume in with her name emroidered and a lot of decoration on it! I will show it on my blog later on!

    How nice to see that you attend my Christmas calendar! And thanks for the tip about how to get access to You Tube films by turning of the translator - I have written about it to day, and also added the adwise under the translator on my blog!

    I wish you a nice day!

    Hugs,
    Cathrine :-)

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  30. Very cute idea - I like the material you used to line it! I have always loved cute giftwrapping (and of course the gift inside, ha,ha!)
    Hugs to you!
    Shelley

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  31. Hi Marcia,
    What a sweet gift bag! It's such a cute idea. Thank you for sharing it.

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  32. I really like your gift bag idea, Marcia. I would have never come up with jeans fabric for this. It looks *cool" and sweet in one.
    Have a terrific Tuesday! xxxx

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  33. What a great idea...

    It looks so lovely and festive:)

    I love it, thanks for sharing...

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  34. You are soooo clever my friend...what a grand idea!!! Hugs for a great evening...off to see if I have any old jeans. xoxoxxo

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  35. That is so cute! I usually cut off the boys' jeans every summer to make shorts-after the knees have been patched to oblivian! Now I know what to do with the scraps! Thanks for the great idea!

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  36. This is adorable, Marcia!! Now I know just what to do with all of Hubby's old worn-out jeans! (And he has TONS of them! haha)

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  37. Smart recycle! Cute too.
    I saw someone on t.v. sew up the leg holes and stuff with fiberfil, then sew up the top for a huge blue jean pillow!

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  38. Love It! I have saved every "cut off" leg from every pair of jeans since I can remember. Now I know what to do with them:)

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  39. You have no idea how many jean pant legs I have around here for my baby shoes, etc.! LOVE this idea. Freckled feature tonight for sure, Marcia.

    Hugs,
    Jami

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Thanks so much for stopping by :)
Blessings,
Marcia