22 Nov 2012
With my smallest babe's birthday upon us my thoughts have turned to gift wrappings. I remember as a child having parcels wrapped in an eclectic mix of recycled papers; small yellowed sections showing where the sticky tape had once held the gift's contents secret.
Garish sunflowers from our next door neighbour's kitchen tea, embossed champagne flutes intertwined and circled with ribbon for her engagement party, silver bells from her wedding, powder blue rattles from her first Barn's christening. My Mum kept an enormous bag of snips and scraps of pretty paper she squirrelled away for another day. I have her to thank for my make do philosophy.
A serendipitous find of a vintage birthday tablecloth coupled with our desire to tread more lightly on this beautiful planet lead to a collection of birthday bags. A variety of rectangles were cut to accomodate all sorts of lovely things, with right sides together they were over locked (you could simply sew them using a straight stitch and then zig zag stitch around them for durability). A small hem was made around the top of the bag by folding about 1 centimetre and pressing and then another centimetre and stitching. The bags were then turned the right way and pieces of bias binding long enough to make a good bow were attached with a few rows of stitching a little way from the top of the bag.
I have a dream that these bags will still be making an appearance at my babies' twenty firsts and greeted with the same childish enthusiasm. I can hope.
As a thank-you to all of you for so wholeheartedly embracing my new blog I'd like to offer a set of eight of these birthday bags. You simply have to be a follower (or become one) and leave a comment on this post. It is open to international readers also. I will keep it open until 5pm Thursday 29th November 2012 est and will choose a winner by random number generator.
Hoping the rest of your week is grand,
Joining in with these lovelies today.
Comments are now closed. The winner drawn by random number generator is Anne from Take Shape Fitness. Congrats Anne!