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Embroidered Snowman Drawstring Gift Bag

Embroidered Snowman Drawstring Gift Bag

When I looked at the calendar this morning and realized there were only 18 days left in June, I decided that if I wanted to get some things checked off my 2015 Finish Along Q2 Goals List, I’d better get a move on it.

I chose one of the embroidered pieces that was in need of turning into something and I sewed up this drawstring gift bag to add to our collection of Christmas gift bags.  (We are trying to replace paper gift wrap with items such as boxes, bags and tins that are reusable year after year.)   The finished bag measures approximately 14″X19″.

Embroidered Snowman Drawstring Gift Bag

I only had a fat quarter of that blue Christmas tree print so for the back and drawstring casing, I used some blue gingham check fabric that I acquired when I bought a big bag of fabric scraps for $4 at Value Village.

Snowman Gift Bag with blue gingham back

To give the bag some extra body and durability, I lined it with fabric from a white thrifted sheet.

The embroidered snowman was a free pattern designed by Barbara Parrish on It doesn’t seem to be available anymore.

Close up of embroidered snowman

One down and several more to go!



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  • Renee
    November 9, 2015 10:16 pm

    Adorable! I love the idea of reusable gift bags. As much as I love wrapping paper, and although we recycle ours after the holidays, it still feels rather wasteful. What a fun idea!

  • Leanne
    July 4, 2015 7:05 pm

    It’s a lovely finish. I love embroidery and this will be a beautiful gift bag that someone keeps and uses for other things. I’m helping Adrianne with the FAL and I am to say that I am visiting as part of the 2015 FAL Cheerleading Team.

  • Linda Mincher
    June 15, 2015 7:49 am

    So adorable! Wonderful project!

  • Katherine
    June 14, 2015 1:46 pm

    Oh, Sue! Your snowman looks so charming as the front of that drawstring bag. He’s adorable! Bravo on a lovely finish.

  • Julie Stocker
    June 14, 2015 6:22 am

    Yeah, another finish, and double Yeah that you thrifted to find your lining! You always show the sweetest projects here, Sue.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

  • Katie
    June 13, 2015 9:21 am

    Adorable! Congrats on the finish.

  • Christine B.
    June 13, 2015 7:34 am

    Great finish Sue! Nice idea to use fabric wrapping for Christmas! 🙂 x

  • Rachel
    June 13, 2015 4:15 am

    Very festive – and a good idea, too!

  • GeminiJen NZ
    June 13, 2015 2:34 am

    What a gorgeous guy! We were expecting some snow here yesterday but, while it was cold enough, it has not turned up (just LOTS of wind and rain instead!) My son is hanging out to make a snow man! Thanks for the reminder re the end of Q2 – I must get busy with my list (but am busy getting school reports done this weekend, sigh…)

  • Kim S
    June 12, 2015 11:53 pm

    This is so cute!

  • Mary Anne
    June 12, 2015 6:47 pm

    Congratulations on getting something marked off your list. It’s something I try very hard to do, but unfortunately I just get one thing marked off and promptly end up adding several more.

  • Karen
    June 12, 2015 4:31 pm

    always nice to get something checked off the list isn’t it – I have one quilt top that I will be finishing this weekend and glad to see one more top done even if that means I have 4 waiting in line to quilt.

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