So last month I ordered a variety of oilcloth and cotton laminate fabrics to play with. I was looking for some fresh materials to inspire quick and simple gifts for the holidays, and they did just that.
The first set of gifts that I'm (still!) working on are box bags in different dimensions. The web is full of great box bag tutorials. A few of my favorites are One Shabby Chick's Oilcloth Box Bag Tutorial, Make it Modern's Perfect Box Pouch Tutorial, and Three Bears Little Boxy Pouch Tutorial. If you know how to sew a zipper, then you can make these bags! It all comes down to figuring out your dimensions and choosing your material based on what you want to use them for.
My plan is to gift the larger bags with handmade soaps, natural makeup, and travel essentials to adult family and friends. For the children in my life, slimmer bags will be filled with either recycled colored pencils, or a little cloth napkin rolled around reusable silverware. I'm keeping a few for myself to carry some first aide essentials like bandaids, neosporin, and of course, wind-up walking feet and silly putty.
What's in your box bag?