For today's big adventure, the girls and I checked out our new local food market - a cross between Trader Joe's, B.J.'s and IKEA. While it won't become our one-stop grocery, we did find some treats - these little holiday chocolates. At $1.49 for a bag of 12, why not buy one (or three) we thought. As we drove along our merry way, little E and I discussed our sweet thrifty find and what we could do with 36 or so chocolate characters. One idea led to another until, "Wouldn't it be neat to make a gift tag with a little pocket for the chocolate? A chocolate pocket!" So....here's how we did it (or, really, how I did it while baby A napped and little E had a ton of fun "arting" with my fabric scraps, glue, "stamples" and paper):
4. Pink all four sides of fabric squares (perfection NOT necessary!).
5. Place fabric on tag for desired placement (NOTE: this pocket is a bit tall - after sewing this one, I trimmed the rest down about a 1/2 inch").
6. Sew sides and botton, using a 3/8" seam. Backstitch at each end. I found it helpful to lengthen stitch a bit and go slowly (and it helped to give a loving nudge to the paper as it fed through the machine).
8. Label tag for your intended recipient and add the chocolate. See the snowman peeking out?
9. Make lots more because they are so easy, and who doesn't love chocolate?
10. If you don't have a fancy new food market in town, try some mini-candy canes instead! (For a snugger fit, you can cut the fabric a bit shorter in width.)
11. Stand back and imagine the grin on their little faces when they see they have presents AND chocolate to open on Christmas day.
12. And, because this is such a taxing craft project (note: sarcastic tone), don't forget to treat yourself to some chocolate too!