Several months ago while the boys were perusing the sports shelves of the library, I took some time to look through the crafting shelves. Usually it's filled with "older" craft books. Don't get me wrong, the older books have some great stuff, but sometimes I just want to look at modern photography and new ideas. Well, this time I found a gem - Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags. Love Amy Butler. Love bags. Love modern craft books. So what a bummer when I took it to the checkout station and discovered the shelving person had messed up. It was being help for someone else, and I couldn't check it out. Well!
I went directly home and requested from the library. I was pretty far down the list and had to wait all summer, but I finally got my hands on it. Truth be told, there are only a few of the bags that I would make. A lot of them are gargantuan huge, and that's just not me. However I did find one bag that I totally embraced...
The origami bag.
No, it's not a purse type bag, but rather a storage type bag. The directions included several size variations. You could store anything in these: cosmetics, toys, craft stuff, school supplies, hair bows (if only any of my nieces wore them), etc. That gave me the idea to use this as a springboard for Christmas presents for the nieces/nephews.
I made size small which are about 12 x 4 x 3 inches. These only take a small amount of fabric, so I didn't have to buy anything except the zippers. Very cost effective! The directions were easy to follow including the zipper installation which went without a hitch.
I now have six origami bags ready and waiting to be filled with goodies for the kids. I guess you could say that the Christmas crafting is well under way seeing as half of it is done already, and it's just barely September!!!