I used the super simple pattern from here that was highlighted in the Fall issue of Quilts and More magagzine. They used it for a Halloween design but I thought that the small bags fit perfectly for little teacher gifts. The bag makes a little lined tote that stands up by itself. The neat thing about the pattern is that when you cut out the fabric it creates two opposite bags. Once I was going and figured out the pattern, each bag took me about 15 minutes or so. The only addition that I made was that when I cut out the bags I took a once inch square out of the bottom to make the square bottom easier to match up. I find doing this easier than trying to fold in corners afterwards. The end result is the same but I find making the notch in the bottom before sewing rather than easier.
My goal was to only use fabrics that I already had for this. I didn't buy any new fabric or ribbon. Since they are small, you can use as little as two fat quarters to complete two bags. This is a great little project.
Aren't these flower ones so cute!
I loaded the bags with powdered hot cider, a candycane, three layer peppermint bark (recipe you can find on Soulemama's blog- see sidebar), and saltine brittle. They were really cute and a lot easier than they look.
Really, you could make these bags for any occassion. They would be great for Easter gifts. I think if I tinkered with the dimensions, they would make a perfect lunch bag also.