Monday, September 11, 2017

Christmas Sewing!

I was able to  finish one of the Christmas gifts I have been planning and love the feeling of accomplishment!  My plan was to make monogrammed bags and to purchase items on sale, with coupons, etc. to go in them.

I went "shopping" in my stash and found enough of this fabric to make four bags.  I am choosing the monogram color based on what I "think" is the recipient's favorite color.  Not really sure about a couple of them.  The colors are blue, red, green and purple.  I am choosing the lining fabric to coordinate with the monogram color.

Some colors to choose from.

Several years, in the early days of my blog, I posted a 5 part "pocketbook" tutorial, and also a "fabric reusable grocery bag" tutorial.  I  went back and read the posts and this bag is a combination of the two tutorials.  The tutorials are listed on the bottom right hand side bar of this blog, if you are interested.

So far the goodies in this bag are shaving cream, razors, body wash and two lotions.  I also have several candles and will add one of those.

My "dream" plan if time allows, is to also make a small, zippered, monogrammed cosmetic bag to go in the bags.  In the zippered bag I plan to include small items such as chap stick, lip gloss, etc.  The possibilities are endless for ideas to fill the bags.  A personalized key fob would be a nice touch also!

 I ordered lotions, body washes and candles from Bath and Body Works when they had a big clearance sale a couple of months ago.  It was a great sale!  I had some high value coupons that I applied to the shaving cream and razors at CVS and through Amazon Subscribe and Save.

Are you making any plans to make any Christmas gifts?  I hope this post has given you some ideas!


Little Penpen said...

Debbie, this is a wonderful idea. Your bag is beautiful and those ladies are going to be so happy to have them. Your monogramming is perfect and everyone loves a personalized item! The fun stuff inside will be fun for the recipients too. You are smart to keep this idea in mind year round, so you can fill up the bags without spending too much money. I think about doing this with stockings sometimes, but have never pulled it off.

Impera Magna said...

Oh, I love the fabric, the totes, and the great ideas for filling them for gifts. Some folks are gonna be very happy come the holidays!!!

(btw - my fav color is purple... :D)

Terri said...

Great idea and beautiful job!

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