Saturday, 3 September 2011

Gift bags

I've been working on a range of drawstring bags. They are a greener alternative to a gift bag: not made of paper and can be re-gifted or re-used by the receiver. You could use it as a toiletry bag, for shoes, for... whatever you like to store. I use mine to keep all my electronic gadget chargers in one place.


They are made from various bits and pieces of leftover material (cotton, linen and synthetic mixes). The drawstrings are ribbon. The crochet work on the one above are samples made by Cornelle.

The crocheted doilies on this one are vintage ones from my mother's closet. They were used in the seventies between your coffee cup and saucer. Rescued from the dark corner they were banished to, they have started a second life in a new century!

More of the same doilies, but with wooden embellishments.

Embroidery with leftover red DMC cotton.

Another sample crocheted by Cornelle, red embroidery cotton and a vintage button.

Vintage crocheted doilies in white and a new sample by Cornelle in the middle.

Some of the vintage doilies jazzed up with random buttons.

Cute novelty buttons in the shape of gingerbread girls on vintage crochet doilies.

This little one is for smaller prezzies... this one made by my mom, Alta. I love the appliqued flowers.

9 comments:

Faith said...

Your bags are lovely, very beautiful in their simplicity, how lovely to Put to good use the vintage ones too.

Adri said...

I love all of them! You've been a busy bee...

Dorothy said...

Those bags are absolutely gorgeous and putting the little crochet pieces on them makes them very special. You sure have been busy this week.

Sandy said...

Great idea, quite pretty. Keep up the good work. Thanks for the visit and nice comments, both are appreciated.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Your bags are so pretty, as well as being useful. I particularly like the one with the red embroidery. Wandering around your posts I saw your crochet work.(I bought a book, last month, to try and teach myself).
Thanks for visiting my blog; glad you liked the swan photos.

Marsha said...

What a wonderful idea. A great way to blend the 'old' with the new. Also a clever way to remove all those 'extras' out of your house and yet make someone very happy in the process.

itstartedwithruby said...

these are so cute - particularly love the one with the red embroidery - gorgeous :)

Michelle said...

The bags look great! ^^ Especially liking the ones with the doilies and buttons thrown in, as well as the birds on the top bag.

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

The bags are lovely, and it is wonderful to see such a beautiful and practical use for the doilies.