12.18.2015

Rustic Luxe - Christmas morning

I know its not quite Christmas morning...but if I wait to post, what good would this quick and easy gift bag idea do you later...because if you're like me, I'm now scrambling to get presents together and could use a couple of quick ideas...because how is it that Christmas is just a week away?!

I recently had to say goodbye to two of my flannel pajama bottoms...one torn all the way down the backside (had them over 10 years - guess they don't make them like they used to!) and the other had the elastic give out in the waist.  But rather than toss them out, of course I thought of making something with them...

A simple bag was my idea...since the bottom of each pajama leg is already hemmed, there's only one seam needed to sew...I cut off each leg for a small sized bag...

tip here...notice the ribbon tied onto my scissors handle...since I have several pairs of Fiskers scissors and they all look alike...I tied a ribbon on the pair that I save for only cutting fabric so that they are always sharp when needed...the other two pairs I use to cut whatever...and that may mean paper, cardboard, wire or even tree branches...










After sewing the cut seam, I trimmed the edge with my pinking shears...this will keep raveling to a minimum; turn the bag right side out and iron the seam flat.  For a little bit of luxe, I tacked a length of silk ribbon onto the side seam...this ribbon will be the tie that keeps the bag closed.









A button hides the place where I tacked on the ribbon...
and provides a spot for hanging a gift tag...



















We don't do a big Christmas here...pretty low key...so a small gift, wrapped inside of one of these bags will be perfect...a low key setting also means plenty of rustic not too much luxe (it is morning after all)...











































































The rustic is the simple setting...including a view of my back garden that is very rustic looking at this time of year...a tablecloth made from a canvas painter's dropcloth; blue ticking napkins and my workhorse ironstone dishes lay the groundwork.

the luxe comes from a few shimmering vintage ornaments...








Forced bulbs in vintage canning jars tied up with twine get a bit of luxe with a shiny metal bell...

















the handmade wreath crafted from birch tree limbs blown down in a recent winter storm adds another layer of rustic...the metal rim from a deconstructed lamp shade provided support for the branches as I molded the wreath...a few more metal bells hanging from a length of twine is another touch of luxe...















Simple and sincere...that's what Christmas morning should be...








































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8 comments:

  1. Simple and lovely. I especially love the bells dangling from twine.

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  2. Your table is just beautiful! I've made little bags like this for years, but without the button which is a great idea. I sew the ribbon into the side seam or make drawstrings. People often say the bag is the best part of the gift! Perhaps I should up my gifting game! LOL!

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  3. As always...clever as clever can be!! And a Merry Christmas morning to you as well!!!

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  4. Simple & refreshing. Might have to use some of your ideas this year as we can't really decorate till at least Tue evening...maybe not till Wed this year. Doesn't even seem like Christmas yet. Merry Christmas to you! Love your ideas...and loved the article in Cottages & Bungalows!

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  5. Such a great idea. Anything handmade means alot to receive. I need to get a sewing machine, mine broke a few years ago and I'm missing it.

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  6. Love it all! Just perfect Amy! ♥♥♥

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  7. those flannel bags are the perfect addition to the holiday.

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  8. Cool idea! Love your flannel bags.

    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Creative New Year!

    Gaby xo

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