Our last guest in the 10 homemade Christmas gifts under $10 series is the amazing Karen from Folk Haven. Her site is full of jaw dropping creations with great photos and she is the sweetest person too! Make sure you check out her site!
I was delighted to be invited to do a guest post for Kelley at The Grant Life. I decided to share this tutorial for Pant Leg Gift Bags. This is a fun way to recycle an old pair of pants in a way that can be used over and over for years to come. Last October I came upon a neighbor throwing away a bunch of chef’s uniform pants. I wasn’t sure what I would use them for, but hated to see all of that fabric go to waste so I brought them home, washed them and tucked them away until some inspiration hit.
|My houndstooth bounty drying on the line|
As I was debating how to wrap up the gifts for the children in our extended family I decided to use a pair or two to make gift bags. I turned the pants inside out and cut off the legs at crotch level.
Each leg of a pair of men’s pants can theoretically make 2 gift bags. (I say theoretically because due to cooking grease stains on the fabric I needed 2 pair of pants to get enough usable fabric.) The pant legs get wider as the leg goes up. Using the lines in the fabric pattern I marked a line to trim off the excess, leaving me with fabric all the same width. If the pants you use are a solid color you will probably need to measure.
Then I folded the leg in half and cut to make 2 rectangles the same size.
Sew up the side that is open after trimming the excess fabric. On subsequent bags I used pinking shears to cut the fabric so they wouldn’t be unraveling inside the bag.
Then sew one end closed. This will be the bottom of the bag.
Put something in the bag and turn it upside down. Take the 2 corners and pull them in to meet in the middle. Pin them. After taking the photo I realized that in order to go into the sewing machine I needed to change the direction of the pin.
Turn the bag right side out. Now there is a nice wide base allowing the bag to sit upright when filled.
Now to finish the edge at the top of the bag and give a bit of color I cut a 2″ strip of fabric off the bottom of an old t-shirt. I pinned it, right side to the inside out bag around the top of the bag. I folded the end of the strip back and placed it at the side seam of the bag.
Overlap the end of the strip a bit before cutting it off.
Sew all the way around. Fold the top of the binding down until the edge of the cloth meets the edge of the cloth at the top of the bag. Fold over once more and pin it to the front of the bag. Then sew all the way around.
Here you can see why you folded the end of the binding over before you first pinned it to the bag.
When you flip it over there is no raw edge showing.
Now use a seam ripper to remove the belt loops from the pants. This pair had 7 belt loops. I was making 4 bags, and used 2 belt loops per bag, so I needed one from the other pair I cut up for this project.
Place one belt loop at each side of the bag. You can’t just use the seams as a guide because the back piece of the pant leg was wider than the front (unless you think ahead and correct this in the beginning. Obviously, I didn’t.) I put the little box I was going to give inside the bag to figure out where I wanted it to cinch shut and pinned the belt loops at that level. Sew back and forth a few times at the top and bottom of the belt loop to attach.
Now it’s time to decorate the front of the bag. I bought some felt to match the binding I used at the top of the bags. I made 2 bags red as shown, and the other 2 are trimmed with blue. I cut circle shapes from the felt.
I used the strongest Heat and Bond I could find, cutting the circles slightly smaller than the felt.
Iron the adhesive to the back of the felt circles. If I were to do this again, I think I would put the adhesive on the felt before I cut any circles out. It would save quite a bit of time. Trim any Heat and Bond that shows around the outside of the front of the design circle.
Fill the bag. Put the design circle on the bag and pin it where you want to adhere it. Empty the bag.
Peel the paper from the back, place where you want it on the bag, put a pressing cloth over the painted design and iron in place. (My red felt circles adhered well, the blue, not so much. In desperation I ended up using a superglue type product for the blue circles.)
Here is one of the red trimmed gift bags. I found the tube ribbon for just $1 a package at Michael’s!
I hope the instructions were clear. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Happy Holidays!
Thank you for reading, Karen
Love these! Thank you Karen for sharing these super cute bags! Make sure you check out her other awesome crafts too!