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