Project Idea: Motif Bags

I've recently been sucked into the world of craft swaps, and I'm always looking for a little extra something to send along with whatever project is specified in the swap. Buying extras is an option, but being able to whip up a quick little something by hand is always better in my mind. When we decided in include the little burlap sweet bags in our Camping at Midnight box, I knew they'd be a great base for such a little gift.

Small projects like this are also a great way to use up left-over bits of thread and those little pieces of fabric that, if you are like me, you have a hard time throwing away.

To start, you'll need:

  • A small burlap or plain fabric bag - I like ones with drawstrings
  • A scrap of stitching fabric - our model uses the 32 count Midnight Tryst Opal linen from Handdyed Fabrics by Stephanie from the Camping at Midnight box
  • Floss - our model used less than a yard of Classic Colorworks' Toasted Marshmellow from the Camping at Midnight box
  • Iron-on interfacing - I used mid-weight, since it is what I already have on hand, but I think just about any weight would work.
  • (Optional) sewing thread that matches your fabric, if you'd like the stitches sewing the motif onto the bag to be invisible. Since the burlap has a rustic quality to it, I wanted my stitches to show so I used more Toasted Marshmellow.
  • A motif chart - our model uses one of the charts in Summer House Stitche Workes' Postcards From the Heart Series. You could also use a piece of a larger chart, or design a little something yourself!

After you stitch your design, cut a piece of the iron-on interfacing that is one inch wider and one inch longer than your stitched design. (For example, if your stitched piece is 1.5 inches by 2 inches, cut a piece of interfacing 2.5 by 3 inches big.) Center the interfacing onto the back of your stitching and iron down. 

Next you are going to trim your motif into it's final shape. For my bag, I wanted something on the rustic side, so after I trimmed the outer sections to 4 threads from the stitching, I made is roughly oval-shaped. If you'd like something a little more "finished"-looking, move out 4 fabric threads from your stitching and use nun stitch to outline it before you start trimming. 

To stitch your motif to the bag, use a simple running stitch. The interfacing will give you something to stitch into to even if you are very near the edge of your stitching fabric and it starts to fray.

Now fill your bag with little goodies and send it on it's way!

We'd love to see what you are stitching up with your StitchyBox goodies! If you are posting them to social media, please include the hashtag #stitchybox, or even better, leave us a comment with a link to your project below. Happy Stitching!