In the next few weeks chances are you’ll be heading to someone elses house for a meal, celebration, party, or event and chances are you’ll be bringing a goodie of some sort – whether it be a sweet treat, wine, or bubbly. Try this simple approach to packaging up your token of appreciation or party contribution, which doubles as another gift for the host after opened. These also make great gifts for friends and co-workers. More detailed directions are below, but basically it’s securing two sides of a tea towel with a simple stitch that can easily be removed so that the recipient then has the towel to enjoy. If you are packaging up food items as Caramel Corn, cookies or nut breads, package those in plastic bags before putting in the tea towel bag.  I just made 7 more of these this morning to have ready for my holiday give-away treats from my kitchenGoodie bagThese are holiday themed, but this idea can be used at any time throughout the year. There seems to be no end to good looking tea towels available everywhere in so many cute prints, plaids and stripes.goodie bag 1goodie bag 2Fold the towel in half with the printed side of the towel together and sew one side and the bottom along the hem line of the towel. This way the stitch will be in the inside of the
bag when you pull it back through so the correct side of the towel is showing. The top opening is already finished with the towel’s hem. Use the largest basting stitch on the machine so the stitches can easily be taken out to make tea towel fully functional after the treats are gone. Gather the top of the bag and secure with a ribbon. As an added touch, include the handwritten recipe for the goodie packed inside.DSC_2764_edited-1


  1. Connie Matter
    January 3, 2016 at 3:16 am (4 years ago)

    Dear Lynnette
    So happy to see you blogging again. I met you at Quitted Basket in Menomonie Falls, Wisc several years ago. I attended Thimbleberries Club at Ann’s shop. I was working in hospice at the time and did not have much time to quilt. This was all going to happen when I retired. Well unfortunately my husband was diagnosed with metastatic cancer and it has been a very long 2 year journey. He is now at the late stages of his disease, and I am home all the time. I decided to get out my thimbleberries club kits, Sunrise and Sunset. Well unfortunately I have the instructions in black and white given out each month. However, I do not have any pictures of the quilts so it is difficult to know how to use the fabric. I was wondering if I was able to acquire the colored pictures? Thank you for any help you can give me. Again I am happy to receive your informative information once again. Thank you Connie

    • thimbleberries
      January 6, 2016 at 4:59 am (4 years ago)

      I don’t have those materials, but I think one of my co-workers my still have what you need. She is on vacation right now, but I will check with her when she returns and she may be able to help you out. I am sorry to hear about your husband’s serious health challenges. I know your whole family is going through the journey with him.
      I hope a few moments at the sewing machine or just touching fabrics gives you some momentary peace and pleasure.
      My thoughts are with you and we will be in touch regarding the Sunrise and Sunset instructions.
      My Best,

  2. Lynnea
    December 28, 2015 at 6:15 am (4 years ago)

    Why didn’t I see these earlier what a great idea, I will be using this next year for sure, I can probably find some holiday tea towels on sale now and have them ready to go!!!

    • thimbleberries
      December 28, 2015 at 10:07 am (4 years ago)

      Good idea. Remember, they make great gift bags all year, not just for the holidays. There are so many cute tea towel designs available.
      Have fun making them.


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