For some reason I volunteered to organise a craft stall at my children's primary school summer fete this year, we are making lots of things to sell to raise money for the school. Thankfully I am sharing this with a lovely friend and meeting with her and talking and doing craft has been lots of fun, encouraging others to join us has been much harder! Last night there were three of us making this weeks item, a carrier bag holder.
The craft sessions are designed to be simple and accessible and hopefully only needing enthusiasm rather than lots of skill. These bag for bags are very simple to make:
You will need
* A tea towel (the ones above are from the pound shop and work out at 50p each)
* Some ribbon (some of the ribbon above was wrapped around Primark children pyjamas)
* Some elastic
* scraps of material (interfacing would be useful if it is thin material)
This is what to to
1. Fold over and pin the top part of the tea towel, a fold of about 6 cm makes it easy to thread the hanging ribbon through later on. If you pin the pins in a vertical way then you can sew over them with no problems
2. Fold & pin the bottom of the tea towel about 3 cm
3. Sew making sure you leave enough gap to thread elastic (at the bottom) and ribbon (top) through later on.
4. Iron interfacing (if your fabric is lightweight) onto some contrasting fabric and cut out a heart.
5. Carefully sew onto the right side of your tea towel, either use a machine or by hand
6. Pin and sew the carrier bag holder together, sew with the right side facing inwards
7. Thread the ribbon through the top, if you pin a safety pin to it, threading through is much easier.
8. Knot it and push the knot through so it is hidden. Sew the seam up by hand, you need to sew one side and then the other, this allows room for the ribbon to be pulled up.
7. Thread the elastic through the bottom, pull it in, knot it tightly, hide the knot and then sew up by hand. Make sure you leave enough space to pull the bags through but not allow them to fall out.
Hang it up and admire your work!
I would love to hear any ideas anyone has for simple but effective things to sell at a school fete.
Have you made anything that sells well?