The winter holiday season is a difficult time for hospitalized children and their families. It can be a time fraught with stress and anxiety and disappointment in not having everyone healthy and at home.
Knowing this, many organizations gather gifts for the hospitalized children, to help bring joy to the season.
My friend, Laurie, and the others who work at the same quilt shop designate a 2-hour period and sew as many of these simple gift bags as possible. They give them to Children’s Hospital for the staff to hand out gifts. I timed Laurie to make sure this was as simple as it seemed. Laurie is an expert sewer but the sewing requirements are very rudimentary. She finished from beginning to end in 35 minutes with plenty of time to chat while working.
I also took photos of each step and will lead you through step by step. You will want to have access to a sewing machine for this project.
First off, choose colorful fabric. You need a yard for each bag. Do not remove the selvedge. I chose Christmasy fabric, but one thing is certain, you will find fabric you love at any quilting or fabric store. Buy a wheel of grosgrain ribbon for the drawstring.
Turn under the top edge 1/2 inch and press. Also do the same down a few inches on each side.
Then turn the top under another 1-1.5 inches and press. This will be the tunnel for the drawstring. Stitch across close to the folded edge to make the tunnel. Backstitch a little at the beginning and the end.
Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Stitch the bottom together 1/2 inch from the bottom. Then sew up the side, encasing the selvedge if you have it.
Turn the bag right side out and cut 2 yards of the ribbon.
Use a drawstring threader or large safety pin to run the ribbon through the tunnel. Knot the ends of the ribbon.
And, voilà, gift bag finished!