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Holiday Gift Bags


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Prep, dyeing & Rinse time: About 1 hour

Rit Products Used


You'll Also Need

  •   Fat Quarters (2) - 100% White Cotton Fabric/Recycled Pillowcases or Sheets

  •    Rit Liquid Dye (1 Bottle of Each Color Listed)

  •    2" x 6" Green Satin Fabric

  •    White Tulle 6" x 36"

  •    Sewing Machine & Thread

  •    Fabric Glue

  •    Plastic 4-Cup Containers (2)

  •    Metal or Plastic Disposable Spoon

  •   glue gun

  •   measuring cup

  •   measuring spoons

  •   paper towels

  •   plastic table cover

  •   plastic wrap

  •   rubber gloves

  •   scissors

Step By Step

  1. Cover work surface with a plastic table cover.

  2. If using new purchased fabric, prewash fabric to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption.

  3. Cut fabric into two 18” x 22” pieces. One piece will be dyed Kelly Green for the bags. The other piece of fabric will be dyed Fuchsia and used to make the rosettes.

  4. Wearing rubber gloves, measure and mix 1 Tablespoon Kelly Green dye with 2 cups very hot water (140º F) in 4-cup plastic container. Note: Scrunching fabric into a small container creates a mottled effect with light and dark areas of color.

  5. Wet piece of fabric; squeeze out excess water. Immerse wet fabric into dye solution. Use spoon to move fabric and push it around to be sure it absorbs the dye.

  6. Cover container with plastic wrap. Line bottom of microwave with paper towels. Place container in microwave and set on high for 2 minutes.

  7. Wearing thick rubber gloves, carefully remove container from microwave. THE PLASTIC WRAP WILL BE HOT. Wait a few minutes to allow the plastic wrap to cool. Remove plastic wrap, rinse in cool water until water runs clear. Wash the fabric in warm water with mild detergent. Rinse and dry.

  8. Repeat dye process for remaining fat quarter using Fuchsia dye.

  9. To Make Gift Bags: Cut Kelly Green fabric to desired size rectangle and lay wrong side up so you see the back side of the fabric. A fat quarter can be cut to make four small bags (approximately 5” x 9”), two medium bags (approximately 10” x 9”) or one large bag (approximately 10” x 17”). Or, cut bags to any size you like.

  10. Fold in 1/2 inch on each shorter side, press with an iron, and stitch down the two folds. These stitched folds will become the top of the bag.

  11. Fold bag in half crosswise, right sides together. Stitch ¼” seams along both sides so that the stitched folds are the only open side.

  12. Turn bag right side out. Repeat for other bags.

  13. To Make Rosettes: Cut Fuchsia dyed fabric into 3”x 22” strips. Then fold fabric in half lengthwise so that it measures 1½” ″ x 22″. Tie a knot in one end. Don’t pull tight. Leave it kind of loose.

  14. Take the fabric next to the knot and twist it up and over the knot. Twist the fabric around the knot. Think of the swirls in an old fashioned lollipop.

  15. Continue twisting the fabric around in the same manner.

  16. When rosette reaches the desired size, snip off the remaining fabric. Twist and tuck under the end of the fabric. Stitch or glue in place. Tip: For a larger rosette, use a longer piece of fabric (approximately 3″ x 28″).

  17. Cut a round circle from the Fuchsia fabric just large enough to fit under the rosette. Hot glue fabric circle to the back of the rosette. Be sure to cover the ends of the fabric. Trim your circle, if needed, so that it doesn’t show when looking at the right side of the rosette.

  18. Cut leaves out of the green fabric, fold in half and glue to the back of each rosette.

  19. Cut tulle into approximately 6” x 8” pieces.

  20. Fill bag with gifts, tie with tulle ribbon and glue on rosettes.




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