Blogger Miss Thrifty came up with her own twist on our gift bag made from an old jumper. Have a go at her festive goodie bag made from an old T-shirt, with her step-by-step instructions.
You will need
• An old, long-sleeved T-shirt
• Thread in a matching colour
• Needle or sewing machine
Turn the t-shirt inside out and pin across the sleeve in a straight line, parallel to where you intend to sew.
Sew from the top to the bottom of the sleeve in a straight line, either using a straight stitch on your sewing machine or by hand. Tie off at both ends and trim any excess thread.
Cut the sleeve about 1 cm below the line of stitching. It doesn’t have to be neat. You now have an inside-out gift bag. Turn the bag the right way round.
Stitch a ribbon trim to the top of the bag – this will help to disguise any frayed bits.
If you’re feeling ambitious you could go a step further and swap the traditional gift tag for the recipient’s name spelled out in buttons, sequins or fabric on the bag itself. I’ve used letters cut out from felt.
Can’t be bothered with a needle and thread? Glue the letters on instead. A glue gun is best, but don’t use PVA, which will soak through the fabric. If you don’t have a glue gun, you can always improvise with scraps of iron-on webbing, or tack it on.
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