Brodie's fifth birthday was the first time we've attempted any sort of party bag. I think there's three ways to go with this - buy one decent item, maybe a book for each child, or fill a small bag with inexpensive tat which children will enjoy, or forego the whole party bag thing in lieu of the fact all the attendees just had great fun, getting out of their heads on sugar for two hours and wave them off with their whiny, unappreciative parents. (I joke)
However, nostalgia wins for me here because I can vividly remember leaving childhood parties, my plastic bag with my name biroed on it in my hand, complete with a slice of vanilla cake with chunky icing solidly adhering itself to the paper napkin it was wrapped in. So I wanted to send my little sugar fiend guests off with something to remember us by.
We went with small bags filled with bubbles, sherbet mini 'fizzy drinks', gold coins and a toothbrush to tie in with the Willy Wonka theme. Sorry parents, next year the theme will be vegetables. Pinky promise.
I wanted to make fabric bags because I'm hoping that they might actually be useful for kids to store their own treasures in long after the sweeties have gone. I searched online for 'sweetie' fabrics and found one with a navy blue background which was slightly less saccharine than most. I actually found Roald Dahl fabric which was super cool, but a bit pricey for this job.
I bought half a metre and when it arrived I cut it into 6 rectangles. No measuring, no sir.
I didn't take pictures the first time so I made another one up quickly and snapped as I went. It really is so easy to do and you could make it any size you want to store shoes, toys, books, anything really.
First start with a rectangle of fabric, your finished bag will be about half this width.
Next you need to make a tiny hem about 1/8 of an inch down both short sides of your rectangle. This step isn't essential but will make your drawstring channel neater at the end and takes about 20 seconds. I didn't pin in it because I'm crazy like that. Clearly I didn't iron my fabric first either which might have been a good idea.....
Next you need to make a channel for your ribbon, cord or twine, whatever you want to fasten the bag with. You'll need to make sure it's big enough for the ribbon to travel through easily so measure it then fold down and pin.
Ok so next fold the rectangle in half right sides of the fabric together. Sew together, starting just underneath the channel you just made and along the bottom of your folded rectangle. Nearly done!
Turn your bag right side out, and thread the ribbon through the channel. I used a safety pin attached to my ribbon which makes it easier to push through.
Tie a knot in your ribbons and you'redone! I'm going to use this one to keep bobbins in. So that's it - so easy and you can make them any size and with any fabric, the possibilities are endless. Now what do we think of party bags for adults?