If I Can Do It…

It’s not that I think I can’t do anything, it’s that I’m not a seamstress, so if I can sew it, someone with minimal sewing skills can certainly do it too.  I never even took Home Ec in school, I never took a single sewing lesson, I never sat still long enough to let my Mom teach me to sew (she could sew and did!).  But, if you follow my blog at all you know by now that I do muddle along on my sewing machine.

Well, this is pretty elementary, and if you’re a seamstress you’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking, hey, it’s just 2 side seams and 2 little hems at the top, 6 little eyelets and there you have it.  But, well, as easy as it was, I was pretty jazzed that it came out and looked really pretty.

What is it?  A little fabric gift bag with ribbon run through eyelets for a closure.  Initially I was going to do a drawstring, but I started having problems thinking about how to run the drawstring out without having a raw edge, and then I thought…eyelets.  Let me tell you, I love my eyelet tool.  I love tools in general.  I love to go to the hardware store and look at tools.  I love to think of projects that require me to have more tools. Well, I will shut up about that now.

So, I was going to use 2 pieces of fabric, run a seam around 3 sides and do it that way, and then it occurred to me that if I took ONE piece of fabric and just stitched the sides up that would be easier.  It helps to be lazy.  🙂  I suppose this might be more of a pouch than anything else.  What it is is easy.  As I said, if I can do it, anyone can do it.

So, my Handmade Monday offering is this Eyelet Gift Bag.  I hope you enjoy!  And while you’re at it, please go check out Handmade Monday.  Everyone does such beautiful things.  And they really CAN sew, and lots of other things.  In fact, the main reason I’m learning to sew is because I keep going back and getting inspired by everyone over there!  🙂  I’ll be checking them out myself tomorrow (it’s not Monday here in the US yet!)


  1. Caroline says:

    Well done on you first sewing make. I am addicted I am afraid to sewing just cannot get enough.

  2. Wendy says:

    It’s gorgeous – very pretty and very Christmassy.

  3. I would love to receive a gift in such a beautiful wrapping. Well done – it is really pretty and festive.

    Ali x

  4. RosMadeMe says:

    Gosh, that looks really lush… I would just want to sit and stare at the bag, that bag would not go out with the wrapping papers 🙂

    • Susie says:

      I thought perhaps people could reuse it for something, although some might just think it would add to their clutter.

  5. Handbags by Helen says:

    I’m addicted to fabric – which by deafult means i have to sew. But i have to concur with your comments – if i can do it anyone can. Love those little gift bags!

  6. Jill says:

    It is lovely and I bet you are now inspired to make lots more

  7. Sweet little bag! I think it pays to be lazy – at least, that’s my excuse!

    Alison x

    • Susie says:

      For some things, I think being a little lazy (or afraid of really complex projects) makes one look for a simple solution. And I know in my case, I end up (sometimes) finding a good one! And other times, I end up with a mess. But I don’t usually blog those!

  8. That is one sweet little bag. So, are we planning on making more so that your work space becomes loaded with them?

    • Susie says:

      Yes, I do have a batch already cut out and almost ready to start stitching. And I’m thinking, more fabrics for other seasons….

  9. A very special bag for very special presents

  10. Jam Dalory says:

    That bag looks really good. I wish I could sew, I’ve seen loads of gorgeous makes thanks to Handmade Monday but after buying loads of fabrics I discovered I am useless with a sewing machine. Instead I now just admire other peoples work. x

    • Susie says:

      Really really really! You could do this. The sewing was easier than the cutting (which wasn’t all that hard). I always hate the cutting the most, because you can’t fix it if you mess it up. But yes, you could do this. You will laugh, but the part I hate the most about sewing is when I have to refill the bobbin and rethread the needle. So I keep my manual handy and I have to look EVERY SINGLE TIME! Yes, I am that bad. 🙂

  11. no reason why it has to be complicated – eyelets are a great solution and it looks great!

  12. Lau W says:

    This bag is so lovely, so festive, you’re talented !

  13. redneedle says:

    I think it’s fabulous that you felt confident enough to have a go. The bag you have made is stunning you should be really proud of yourself and start thinking about your next sewing project now!

    • Susie says:

      I have to do a few other things (finish a few Mod Podge things and such for Christmas) BUT with that grandbaby coming I really am going to start sewing in earnest after Christmas!

  14. Pickle-Lily says:

    Your bag and – the photo looks gorgeous!
    Jo x

  15. I love your gift bag it is very unusual go the normal paper gift bag. Well done

  16. Susie says:

    THank you all! You give me confidence. 🙂

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