i gave my friend leslie the book zakka sewing as a Christmas present. but i was inspired by an article in the current issue of sew somerset to do more than wrapping paper.
in the magazine lindsay ostrom, who has a blog here, talks about her "little bitty bags". They are very scrappy--which i love--bags that she makes, usually with muslin as her blank canvas. after the bag's constructed, she embellishes them beautifully and colorfully and wildly.
i just really like the idea of giving gifts wrapped in some kind of fabric container. a container that becomes useful in itself. in fact, while leslie was waiting to get a cover for her new ipad, she used this bag! she said it was a great fit and the bright color made it easy to find where the ipad was last used!