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Tea-Towel Bread Pouch

You've put your sourdough starter through its paces this year; slide a fresh loaf into a DIY bread pouch for a fellow carb lover.

tea towel bread pouch

Photography: Kate Mathis

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2020

Introduction

Learn how to make a bread pouch by sewing kitchen tea towels—perfect for gift-wrapping homemade baked goods, like your favorite cookies or homemade sourdough bread. For more ideas, scroll through our entire collection of handmade gifts and gift-wrapping ideas.

materials

  • Tea towels, 1 to 2 (Five Two Essential Kitchen Utility Towels, in Rhubarb, $35 for 2, food52.com)

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • Clothing iron

  • Ribbon, 5/8 inch wide (Studio Carta Tight-Weave Cotton Ribbon, 5/8" wide, in assorted colors, $10 for 5 yd., studiocartashop.com)

steps

  1. Cut two 14-by-18-, 10-by-22-, or 7-by-15-inch rectangles out of tea towel(s), using a finished edge for one short side to serve as the pouch's opening.

  2. Stitch bags using a French seam: Stack 2 pieces with wrong sides facing in, making sure that finished edges are paired at the top. Stitch sides and bottom with a 1/4-inch seam allowance; press with iron. Turn outside-in and press seams flat. Stitch around sides and bottom again, this time with a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Turn inside-out; press.

  3. Cut two 18-inch pieces of ribbon. Fold one end of one ribbon under 1/8 inch, and then again 1/8 inch. Pin folded end to front of bag, centered about a third of the way up from bottom; hand-stitch to bag. Repeat on back of bag with second piece of ribbon. Fold top of bag over and tie ribbons together.

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