Do you have pipe cleaners or should I say chenille stems hidden away from an old craft project. Well, get them out...we're going to pretty them up!!
Scrap fabric and a quick stitch will make this great fabric twist tie for any gift bag. You can also make it to match the gift or the gift bag!
These are called Fuzzy Stems...there must be so many names for them now.
You can use any color, because we are covering them with fabric. We just need the wire part to act as the twist tie.
Dig through your scrap basket...these 1 1/2 inch strips worked great!
Cut the strip an inch or so longer on each side of the stem
Fold fabric in half the length of strip, wrong side together.
I used black thread so you can see it in the pictures. Have your thread match the fabric.
Leave the other short end open to insert the pipe cleaner.
After pipe cleaner is inserted, stitch opening closed with a short stitch.
Using pinking shears, trim close to stitching...about an 1/8 th of an inch away or so.
Trim down the length too. Pinking prevents the fabric from fraying unless you want the frayed look.
Here you have a quick fabric covered twist tie to secure any gift bag.
Great for sewing or quilting friends...add a little fat quarter, tape measure, thread, ribbon etc!!
Get out those old pipe cleaners and start sewing...great for the holidays too. Maybe we can start these early, so we have them in time for Christmas...ahhhh...I know Christmas!