Monday, November 24, 2008

Handmade Christmas presents - sewing a flax bag

Yeah, I like sewing, but there are so many things you can do with a needle and thread!

You must know someone who is stressed out and needs to relax (perhaps that person is me? It has been a very long year!) So why not make them a hot and cold flax bag for their de-stressing needs.

piece of flannel (make sure it's 100% cotton)
needle and thread (or sewing machine)
flax - about 454 grams, get it from the bulk section in Superstore
(you could use rice, but flax stays hot longer, and it isn't that expensive!)

1. Put the right sides of the flannel together and cut out a piece of flannel about 12 inches long and 6 1/2 inches wide (that's 30 cm long and 17 cm wide). (This means your unpretty side is facing up.)
2. Fold over the flannel and mark your hem at 1/4 inch (6 mm) on all sides but the folded one.
3. Sew up one short side and one long side. Sew part of the remaining short side but leave a gap so you can fill it with flax seeds.
4. Cut the corners of the bag on an angle close to the edges. This will give you a nice, clean corner. Then flip the bag inside out and iron it. Yeah, I hate ironing, but it will make for a prettier bag.
5. Now fill the bag with about 300 to 400 grams of flax.
6. Sew up the gap.
You're done.

You want to put these instructions on the bag -- Heat in a microwave at for 2 minutes. Please include a cup of water in the microwave while heating. If you want the bag to be hotter, please heat at 1 minute intervals for a maximum of 5 minutes.

And now you have an awesome present!

For inexpensive fabric, check out Fabricland sales. They have tons of really cute flannels. But make sure it is 100% cotton!

If you want to make a rice bag or make something more quilt-y, check out this posting at Sew Mama Sew. (Bookmark this site for tons of sewing ideas!)

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