Monday, December 28, 2009

Cloth shopping bags for gifts

For the last three years, we've celebrated New Year's Day with our friends the Penland sisters, their husbands, and the Mother Penland. We've known the Penlands since before we were married and they are all very dear to us. This year I decided to make some cloth shopping bags for the ladies as gifts.

I reverse engineered a folding bag that one of the major chain stores sells and patterned it on that because I like the fact that it folds up and fits in my purse. The one I made for myself is about six months old and I use it all the time.

Here's one of the finished bags and the other two folded up.

These are the tags I made for them. I've been wanting to use the little rubber stamp of the fox with the typewriter, so I downloaded some fonts that look like typewriting and printed the words on sticker paper. The manila tags come from one of the office supply stores.


Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Cute stuff Dana! Very thoughtful. Have a wonderful 2010!

Jean Baardsen said...

Love these!!

Quilted Librarian said...

Thanks, Mary. I hope 2010 is a great year for you and your family.

Thanks, Jean!

Kind regards,

quiltcat said...

What a great idea, and so pretty, too! (Love the cute fox on the stamp, also.) I recently saw online (but didn't bookmark, and now can't remember where!) similar cloth shopping bags, with grosgrain ribbon sewed into the side seams, so that when you roll up the bag, you can tie it into a tight little roll.

Quilted Librarian said...

Hi Cat,
I'm for increasing awareness about the evils of plastic bags in any way possible. I applaud the stores that are now offering reusable shopping bags especially little ones that will fit in one's purse!
All the best to you,