Friday, December 7, 2012

DIY Sweater Sleeve Gift Bag

This is a quick and easy project that is sure to impress your gift recipient.  

Every year I like to stock up on Yankee Candles to have for hostesses, teachers, and last minute gifts.  Usually right before Thanksgiving they will run a sale or have a coupon.  This year it was a bogo coupon which was great.  Anyways, while I was in the store I noticed they had these cute little sweater bags for the large jar candles.  They were cute until I realized they were $10 each.

I knew I could do something just as nice on my own especially because I had left over sweater material from my sweater pillow project.  This does require a tiny bit of sewing but you could easily do it by hand or on your machine.  It took me just 15 minutes to complete this project.

Here we go...

Step 1:  Find an old sweater.  I got mine at Goodwill but you could easily use any old one from home.  You just want to pick something that is large enough.  I usually look for large or extra large adult sizes at the Goodwill.  You also don't want a weave that is too stretchy or too thin.  A nice medium-weight cable sweater works great.

Step 2:  Cut the sleeve off.  Make a straight line across the sleeve at the and cut.  This will become the bottom of your bag.

Step 3:  Using a space piece of the sweater, trace around the bottom of your candle.  When you cut this out, cut on the outside of the circle adding at least a 1/4 inch all the way around for the seam.

Step 4:  Place the circle and the cut end of the sleeve right sides together and pin.  It doesn't have to be perfect but if you find that your sleeve is way bigger than your circle you may want to cut further down on the sleeve until they fit together more closely.

Step 5:  Sew around the edges using a zigzag stitch.  I went around twice just to make sure it wouldn't ravel on me.

Step 6:  Turn it right side out and decide how tall you want your bag to be.  For my candle I thought 11 inches looked nice.  Add a 1/2 inch to your measurement and cut.  Now depending on how long your sleeve was you could just use the premade cuff and not have to do this step at all.

Step 7:  Turn under your cut edge twice and hem all the way around with a straight stitch.  Again, if your use the cuff you will not need to do this step.

Step 8:  Insert your candle, tie with ribbon, and add a card.

At this point you can dress up the little bag with ornaments, embellishments or other accessories.

This method would work great for any number of gifts like wine bottles or glass ware or whatever.  I think it just dresses up a gift nicely and is just a little bit more special than the expected paper gift bag.  

~ Gold Shoe Girl ~

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