Then stitch down both of the short ends, making sure to back stitch!
Fold down one of the long sides (which will now be called the "top") about 1/2 an inch and iron.
This will create the casing for the ribbon to go through, so if you are using a super thick ribbon then you will need to make the casing wide enough to allow your ribbon to pass through.
Then sew. From one end to the other. Don't forget to back stitch those ends!
Fold the rectangle in half and if you want to add an applique this is the time to do so. Ok now that your applique is done fold the rectangle in half with right sides facing each other:
Think about this next part before rushing to your machine!
Sew from the bottom corner of the fold (so for me, I began from the bottom, left corner. Remember this is with right sides facing) all the way around and up to the stitching for the casing. STOP when you get to the stitching for the casing. STOP sewing where I am pointing (but please make sure to back stitch)! That way the ribbon can go in, through and out the casing!
Turn the bag right side out and iron! Yay! You did it!
Ok, now let's insert that ribbon!
Take a safety pin and pin it onto one end of the ribbon:
Push through one of the openings for the casing. Scrunch and pull, scrunch and pull...
...scrunch and pull until the safety pin pops out of the other opening! Then pull your ribbon, take the safety pin off and...
Tie your Anything bag closed with a super cute bow!
Then show off your new cute Anything Bag!
What a cute gift for all ages!
I think I am going to make a BUNCH more!
Make sure to send me pics of your Anything Bag! It would make my day!