Today our sweet contributor Ana from The Lost Apron is sharing:
Elastic hair ties are simple to make and they are easy gifts. Wrap them in this fun wrapping and you are ready for friend gifts, party favors or stocking stuffers.
The key to making these cute Hair Ties is finding the right elastic. The commonly used elastic is called Fold Over Elastic. I like shopping online at ElasticByTheYard.com. You can also search for Fold Over Elastic online or your local fabric store. It comes in rolls like ribbon, wound around tubes, or in pre-cut packages.
For the Fun Wrapping, you will need wrapping paper or construction paper. You can also fill with filler or confetti. I used Gold Glitter Dots on Blush Wrapping Paper from Paper Source and Paper Gift Filler from World Market.
- Cut each elastic length to 9 inches (or desired length).
- Optional: Add a bit of Fray Check along the cut edges and allow to dry.
- Loop in half by bringing ends together.
- Secure ends with a knot.
This cute gift bag is easy and fun to make. And even more fun to receive.
- Cut a piece of gift wrap or construction paper to 10 X 7 inches.
- Fold over (without creasing) so that the 7 inch edges are together.
- Sew a 1/4″ seam. (I used gold decorative thread for added sheen.)
- Fold and tuck seam under. This may be easier to do if you fold to one side first as shown.
- Sew bottom of bag with 4/8″ seam from folded seam to soft fold. Try not to crease too much as you sew.
- Fill bag partially with the gift filler or confetti.
- Add the hair ties (or other gift).
- Fill with more gift filler.
- Tap bag so contents settle to bottom.
- Begin to close the top of the gift bag so that the fold with be askew from the bottom.
- Bring top edges together and secure in place with a Wonder Clip. Try not to crease the sides.
- Sew the top of the bag with a 4/8″ seam.
- Optional: Cut the top and bottom edges with decorative scissors.
These simple gift bags can be made in a variety of sizes. The smaller bag was made with a paper size of 4/12 X 7 inches.
To open, simply tear open the paper!!!
For more of my tutorials visit my Tutorials Page.
My name is Ana Sullivan. I began my blog, The Lost Apron, because people would ask me for advice on parenting. My only qualifications for giving advice is that I have been there and I am proud of who my children have become. I have a daughter in college, a son and another daughter that are college graduates who are working and living on their own. I have been married for almost 30 years to a dream of a husband.
I have been a working mom, a part-time-work-at-home mom, and a stay-at-home mom. Although I have prefered being the SAHM, I try to write my blog in a way that would encourage all moms to be better moms. I hope to be the mentor mom to the young mom and the friend to the older moms and grandmothers. You can visit me over at Pinterest and Facebook.