My creative mused just popped by.
I have a whole collection of fabrics, and never decided what I wanted to do with them before now. (I got lucky about 3-4 years ago, and caught a JoAnn's Fabrics going out of business sale, and bought literally hundreds upon hundreds of yards of fabrics in various styles and types for 80-90% off).
However, my Muse has stopped in to pay a visit. While talking with Misty today, we were discussing a recent debate on Etsy's forums about what is and isn't allowed for use when doing "gift baskets". We fall into the allowable category with ours, however, we also hit upon a way to be even more creative about it, and also make our "baskets" homemade as well. (I'd say hand made, but I only know how to sew on a machine...lol)
So, I am off now to come up with a nice simple design for bags to hold our Basics Gift Set, which currently comes in a basket. When I'm finished designing and stitching a few, they will come in homemade cloth bags that can be re-used as travel bags or small make-up kits.
Yay for creativity on sloggy, rainy, icky days!
Edited to add:
Well, my muse is coming along, but now I need to decide where to go with it. As you can see, the bag is made of the same fabric inside and out, and currently has a bit of a lip/hem at the top.
Now, I can do 2 things from here.
I can flip the lip to the inside of the bag, and use magnetic strips to hold the bag closed,
I can leave the lip where it is and take myself to the store (in all this icky weather madness) and buy some grosgrain ribbon and coordinated thread,
( the nice thing about construction thus far, is the threads are all hidden, so no one has to know I only have white!) then come home and pop on handles.
So readers: What say you?
Magnetic closure (think, make up travel bag)?