Ruby Star Wrap-Along

Big welcome today to those of you visiting from the Ruby Star Wrap-Along! Last October at the Sewing Summit, we received a copy of Ruby Star Wrappingby Melody Miller and Allison Tannery. This book is a beautiful collection of handmade ways to wrap and give gifts, as well as other fun surprises like recipes!

When Amy suggested a blog hop for the book, I knew immediately I wanted to feature a project that I could make with my 6 year old daughter. Today I’m happy to share with you The Simple Drawstring Bag.

I let my daughter pick her fabrics from my stash. Naturally she picked these adorable little girls and boys – a fat quarter I had been saving – So Happy Kids by Puti de Pome for Kiyohara Fabrics. That’s ok though, I can’t imagine a better use for it really.

We spent some quality time in the sewing room on Sunday. I cut the fabric and she pinned…


and snipped.

The top of the bag is made with elastic thread. I *love* working with elastic thread – feels all magical. I did that part and then added the 6-year-old-required rose embellishment. See more about that on Katie’s blog hop stop.

She was very pleased with the end result and it really is perfect for little gifts.

You can make these easily in any size.

I think a tall skinny one would be awesome for gifting a bottle of wine. Or a Christmas ornament.

You can add a tie using a strip of fabric, ribbon, or baker’s twine. I put a little gift tag on one using plain tags from Office Depot and some Washi Tape. These smaller bags would be great for gift cards!

You can buy a copy of the book at the following shops:

Sew, Mama, Sew
Barnes and Noble
Random House

If you make a project from the book, be sure to add it to the Flickr group.

And don’t forget to keep up with the rest of the blog hop!

11.7.12 Anna of noodlehead
11.9.12 Amanda of A Crafty Fox
11.12.12 Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson!
11.14.12 Brooke of Pitter Putter Stitch
11.16.12 Erin of Two More Seconds
11.19.12 Jennifer of BettyCrockerAss
11.21.12 Rochelle of Lucky Lucille
11.23.12 Sukie of Sukie – don’t you know who I am?
11.26.12 Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
11.28.12 Gina and crew of Bolt Neighborhood
11.30.12 Ellen of the Long Thread
12.3.12 Katie of Swim, Bike Quilt
12.5.12 Me!
12.7.12 Lee of Freshly Pieced
12.10.12 Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
12.12.12 Sara of Sew Sweetness
12.14.12 Colleen of The Busy Bean
12.17.12 Amy of Diary of a Quilter
12.19.12 Monica of Happy Zombie



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    December 5, 2012

    Very cute with the wee kids on the fabric!

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    Emily V.

    December 5, 2012

    Fun! Okay, I just have to share something funny about this Ruby Star Wrap Along. I follow many of the blogs hosting it and every time I see that picture of the cow (?) skull with the gift on top, all I initially see is a dead plucked chicken upright with his wings out and a gift where his head would be. Ha! I think it’s because the words cover the bottom half of the skull. Now you are going to see it every time, too. You’re welcome. 🙂

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    Becky Greene

    December 5, 2012

    So Happy Kids is probably my favorite fabric of all time. I am still saving (read… hoarding) two of the FQs, but made zippy pouches and a wallet from the other two. I wish I had some yardage of this one! Love your bags and your assistant!

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    December 5, 2012

    Love to see little ones sewing ~ I learned when I was 8 and have enjoyed it since.
    Really cute gift bags!

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    Kathy Gordon

    December 5, 2012

    I have to agree with Emily V on the look of the dead plucked chicken! I saw the same chicken. However these wrapping ideas are great! Thnx.

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    December 5, 2012

    Really sweet. Love that your daughter sews!

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    December 5, 2012

    Love these. What a cool idea to use the elastic thread so they look shirred!

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    melody miller

    December 6, 2012

    Your bags are adorable! I like that you added ribbon anyway, and the flower and gift tag are so sweet. And that happy kids fabric: fantastic!

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    December 7, 2012

    What a special project for you and your daughter. I adore her pretty sewing machine and she did such a wonderful job making her own little bag. :0) xo

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    December 7, 2012

    What is the name of the beautiful red and pink fabric that you used as the flower for the So Happy Kids bag? Must have some:)

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    December 7, 2012

    Your daughter is so cute with her sewing machine. Adorable! Beautiful bags.


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