My Girl Scout Troop is doing this project near the Christmas time to give our Marines some treats, snacks and toiletries. It's called Operation Stocking Stuffer. We collect books, DVDs, small soaps, candy and granola bars, and other holiday treats to send to deployed Marines and their families. We need bags to put the gifts into for sending them to our troops overseas. Then the bag is a gift too that the Marines can use all year long.
This project has grown so much in the 5 years that my GS Troop has been participating in Operation Stocking Stuffer, this year we need 1,200 bags! If you have some large scraps and a little time, would you please help us sew some bags? Here are instructions from my GS Troop Leader Laura on how to make the Operation Stocking Stuffer Ditty Bags. Mom has tried to add some photos and other hints. I hope you will have as much fun making ditty bags as us Girl Scouts will have filling them up.
Thanks so much for your help!
Materials/Cutting: Fat Quarter & 28" ribbon or cord. Patriotic and holiday colors or novelty prints appreciated. Flannel also works well for this project. If using yardage, there are 4 bags/yd. [Cut 18" strips across width of yardage. Cut strips in half to make 18"x22" rectangle. Cutting layout with pinking shears will finish edges in advance.]
|button hole finished with Fray Check|
Step 2: Center Back Seam Right sides together, fold in half along button hole to make 18"x11" rectangle. Sew raw edges opposite button hole with 5/8" seam allowance. This is center back seam of bag.
|press center back seam and top casing|
Step 4: Bottom Seam Stitch bottom of bag (last raw edge) with 5/8" seam allowance.
Step 5: Top Casing Still working from wrong side, stitch around 1" pressed fold on top edge to create casing. Turn bag right side out. Seams will be on inside of bag and button hole will be on the outside.
|ribbon drawstring in casing finishes Ditty Bag|
Congratulations, you finished OSS Ditty Bag :)