H ome-baked cookies and the holidays go hand in hand and if you love giving home-baked goodies, why not consider giving the gift that recipients can bake for themselves.
You're going to love this project.
Of course, you could include any kind of baked goods mix you like.
While no major sewing skills are needed, this project does requires a little bit of sewing.
Don't worry, if you can sew a few straight lines and wield an iron you'll be good to go.
You'll only need a few other supplies including assorted embellishments, jute (or some other sturdy twine or ribbon) and cotton fabric of your choice.
NOTE: The fabric I used is called ticking. It's a tightly woven, durable cotton fabric that is manufactured in a variety of colors.
Vintage ticking (which is much thicker than modern-day) was used in old mattresses and pillows because the thick weave prevented feathers from sticking through and poking owners.
You can package your own special cookie mix or take the easy way out (like I did).
Since I don't have a cookie mix to share from scratch, I picked up boxes of one of my favorite sugar cookie mix from the grocery store.
The cookie mix is already (and conveniently) packaged so there's no mess.
Meaure the width of the flour baggie.
This one measures about 6-inches wide so that's how wide I cut my fabric strips.
You'll need to cut two fabric strips of fabric for each sack with each one measuring 6-inches wide x @25-inches long.
If using striped fabric, cut the fabric so the lines run vertically along the longest measurement. I think vertical stripes just look better for this project.
Take two cuts and place wrong sides together and stitch along the bottom and both sides.
Leave the short top edge open.
After stitching, turn fabric inside out (like you would turn a very long sock).
This will close the entire fabric strip and create a closed fabric tube.
Next, push the top-stitched edge of the fabric down inside the rest of the fabric tube (like turning a sock) which creates a sack half the original length of the tube.
Iron and then topstitch the new top edge. Top stitch through single thickness DO NOT STITCH CLOSED.
Fold over the top edge about an inch or two to create the cuff. Iron again.
VOILA! You now have a gift sack ready to fill and embellish.
Of course, you can embellish your gift sacks with just about anything.
Here's another look at a few of the items I used.
Grab some bakers twine and a few scrapbook supplies and you can easily make handcrafted tags to go along with the handcrafted cookie sacks.
I think adding the labels is a nice way to finish off the presentation.
Oh, and don't toss the original box the cookie mix came in until you jot down the directions and additional ingredients needed.
I typed up the instructions on the computer and printed one copy for each sack.
Fold the instructions and slide a copy into the back of the gift sack so recipients will know exactly what to do with the mix.
NOTE: If it's easier you could also just photocopy the directons on the back of the original box, make multiple copies, fold and insert a copy into the cookie sack.
Meanwhile, tie a piece of jute just below the cuff and pull tight.
Criss-cross a cinnamon stick and spoon (or candy cane or whatever) and tie the jute again.
Add the holly and tie the jute twice to secure and then tie it in a bow.
Use a piece of bakers twine to tie your handmade label around the embellishments.
While you can make the gift sacks whatever size you choose, two yards of fabric should yield 9 cookie sacks using my measurements of 25-inches X 6-inches for each sack.
I stitched all the gift sacks in the photo below in a little over one hour.
Don't limit this idea to just the holidays either.
You can change the fabric and make a gift sack like this anytime of year using appropriate decorations to represent whatever season you like.
Imagine how cute these would look on a Spring or Summer bake sale or fundraising table.
These gift sacks are fast and easy to make and as you can see make for a beautiful gift presentation that any recipient would enjoy receiving.
Sugar cookies anyone? ♥
WANT MORE CREATIVE INSPIRATION?
I'm continuing to participate in various holiday linky parties around blogland. If you want to see more great ideas, pop over to Lucy's at Craftberry Bush for tons of creative inspiration. You don't want to miss all the holiday projects over at Whitney and Ashley's at Shanty 2 Chic linky party so check over there for even more fun. You'll love the great projecst over at Michael's linky party. Be sure to check out Inspired by Charm for more beautiful inspiration. Tons of ideas and projects are featured over at Beth's party too at Home Stories A to Z.
COMING UP ON FRIDAY
Baby, it's cold outside so BUTTON UP!
Coming up on Friday, I'll share a really fun cookie creation with a look at how to make these adorable button-shaped sugar cookies.
This is another simple baking project with great holiday gift potential.
Hope you pop by again later this week for my bi-weekly installment of THE FRIDAY FOODIE.
See you then.