If you've been following my posts lately, you've seen that my crafting room has gotten an new addition-- a die cutting machine! I lovity-love my Fabi. The Fabi is a fabric die cutting version of the Sizzix Big Shot or Big Kick; but packaged with quilters in mind. See the cute cathedral window print? That means it's for us!
What's a die cutting machine? Well the machine is basically a great big squeezer. It squishes the fabric and the dies together with enough force that the blades in the die cut through the fabric. Each shape you cut requires a different die. Sizzix a has a huge selection of dies that cut common quilting shapes for peiceing (hexies anyone?) and even dies that cut little stuffies.
The best part about the Sizzix dies is that they can cut 8 peices of fabric at a time, so you can cut a quilt in minutes with zero measuring. For this project though, we are going to Sizzix's Alphabet dies to cut our no sew applique for our Gift Sack.
- Fabric for bag (I used 1/3 of a yard, but your bag can be any size)
- Scraps of felt or fabric for letters
- Heat and Bond
- Sizzix Fabi
- Sizzix Alphabet Dies
Let's Get Started:First, we need to make our bag! We've done many drawstring bags at MIH, so we are going to go over this one quickly. You can size your bag to fit your intended gift so go as big or small as you like!
I started with a 12" x WOF (44") strip of fabric folded in half. Fold the top down a half of an inch and then over by 2 inches on both sides to create a pocket for your draw string. Press and sew this fold.
I hope your holiday prep is just going swimmingly and that you have a few minutes to do a few extras.
*Sizzix provided a Fabi and dies for me to review, but I have not been compensated for this post. Purchasing from the affiliate links above helps support MIH!