Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #139

apron Happy New Year and welcome to the FIRST blog hop of 2014. I hope your holidays were filled with family, laughter and hugs!  We spent time with family, spent time at the beach (we are still there) and spent time reflecting on 2013 and making some goals for 2014.  More on that in next week’s blog.

I am very excited about 2014 and the many ways that I can continue to unleash my inner farmgirl! How about you?  What will you be cooking, growing, painting, sewing, crafting and raising in 2014? This is the place to share that and more.

So, let’s get the new year started.  If you are new to the blog hop we welcome you!  If you are already a dear friend welcome back! Your hostesses are all anxiously waiting to hear from you so hop over to their blogs and say “Happy New Year!”

Deb of Dandelion House (our blog hop founder and hostess primo)

Heidi of My Simple Country Living  

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Burlap Gift Bags

Burlap Gift BagBurlap is so versatile and my daughters love it as much as I do.  All year I have been using it to make my own gift bags.  Recently I made some really cute ones for their St. Nicholas Day gift bags.

We always give a St. Nicholas bag to each of the girls on St. Nicholas Day which generally is a couple of weeks before Christmas.  We put Christmas goodies in it like socks, an ornament, some candy and other little presents that they can enjoy during the holiday season.  Even though they are now adults, the tradition continues and they love getting these little bags and love the little treasures in them.

This year, I made burlap bags to hold the goodies.  Look how simply easy and fun they are to make!

I fold the bag at the bottom so I cut a piece of burlap twice the length of what I want the finished bag to be.  These bags are about 15 x9. The beauty of working with burlap is that it doesn’t need to be perfectly straight; they are rustic you know!

After cutting my pieces I laid them out (I am making 3 bags here) and started decorating.

I cut out felt reindeer and stars to glue onto the front of the bags.  Again, these shapes do not have to be perfect.  The little imperfections make them perfect!  I made the bodies green (doesn’t show well in this pic) and the antlers, ears and noses brown.  Choose any colors that make you happy!

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Then get your glue gun or craft glue and start creating!

gluing shapes star with button reindeer with googly eyes decorated bag

 

 

 

 

I added buttons to the stars and googly eyes to the reindeer.  I don’t know about you but I have boxes of buttons from my grandma, mom and aunt.  I can always find some really cool looking buttons in there!

 

 

Then I sewed up the side seams with a zig zag stitch.  I just leave the seam on the outside and don’t bother with turning the bags to get the seam inside.  It just adds to the character of the bag I think.

sewing the bags

 

I trimmed the seams just a bit close to the stitching and then filled with goodies.

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I used a large knitting needle to pull some yarn through to close and tie up the bag. You could use ribbon too if you wanted to.  All three bags turned out so cute and the girls loved them.  They stated that they were “keepers” to quote one of them.  Aren’t they adorable?

3 finished bags

 

Do you make your own gift wrappings?

Happy Unleashing!

FG