Thursday, August 22, 2013

Gift Bag for swim teacher

All three kids participated in a family swim lessons this summer.  Sometimes it's a little hectic with three very different swim levels and willingness to try new things, but generally it works.

We had done the same thing last year and made fish shaped gingerbread cookies to gift our instructor.  Making cookies is fun, but I didn't want to get into the whole cookie making production this week.

The kids each chose some of their favorite things to share with the teacher.  I considered using a gift bag, but got up early and made a little tote.

These tote bags are fun and easy to make.  I usually just look at what fabric I have, use sizing that makes sense for the remnant and add a coordinating fabric if necessary.  After piecing the front and back, I pin each part to batting and quilt a design on.  Then I sew the parts together, creating a lining as well without batting.  Making straps and putting it all together goes quickly.  The final step is to sew up the opening in the lining from turning.  It makes a nice gift too!

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