A couple of weeks ago, some of my teenage students arranged a Macmillan Cancer Care Fundraising event. As well as making cakes and biscuits, they decided they wanted to sew some little items to sell. So they made lots of tissue holders…
They also made little gift pouches, some containing travel sized toiletries, others laden with golden Werther’s Originals Toffees.
I thought the gift pouches were really cute – one of the girls had found the idea on the Internet and brought in a sample she had made, for us to copy in our sewing session.
You cut two squares of fabric 20cm square, sew them round, right sides together [leaving ‘turning gap’] then turn out and press. Then you fold over the four corners and sew each down with a button. Now thread a ribbon round through each flap and pull up and tie a bow. Voila!
A pretty little pouch for holding a tiny gift. These would make fun ‘favours’ to have on your Christmas** dinner table in lieu of crackers – you could pop a few sweets and a joke inside each one. Or maybe even wedding favours, filled with sugared almonds. Do we know anybody called Almond who is getting married in the near future?!
For some of the girls, this was only their second week at the sewing class, so I was quite impressed with their efforts. The girl who brought in the sample pouch has been working with me for over a year – but I was especially pleased that she has taken up sewing as a hobby, and is constantly looking out for simple ideas like this. They raised quite a lot of money by their efforts. Well done, girls!
**It is less than eleven weeks to Christmas. I have some Christmas Present Projects underway – and this year Bob has been helping out too, spending the occasional hour on a Monday pottering in the garage. But I can’t reveal anything here, too many of the recipients of the gifts read the blog! I will post pictures in January!