I previously posted a tutorial on 5 minute reversible sacks which we are using to wrap xmas presents this year. These are the sacks I’ve made to wrap panettone by the dozen, well 6, the other 6 we eat YUM! The material is part of the unwanted stash from my neighbour and perfect for present wrapping. I’ll have to make her little sack out of something from my own stash – maybe something special.
For those following the tutorial, here is a picture of the inside with the extra band I had mentioned. I made the lining shorter than the outside fabric and it works a treat and still takes 5 minutes.
3 December is Sew Mama Sew‘s day to challenge us to to wrap our handmade gifts in leftover fabric. I’m challenging you because to make fabric a large amount of our resources (particularly water) are used to make it.
Fact 1: US consumers generate 4 million tons of wrapping paper and shopping bag waste during the holiday season alone.
Fact 2: The US alone goes through 100 billion single-use plastic grocery bags every year.
Fact 3: This year, you can make a difference!
The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream, while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers (gift recipients.)
Visit The Green Bag Lady for information about bag consumption or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for bag sewing patterns and videos you can use. (Teresa, The Green Bag Lady, is the inspiration behind this project! She has given away more than 13,000 reusable cloth bags!)
Join The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Flickr group to share photos of handmade bags and gifts wrapped in reusable cloth bags.
I make lots of panettone during this season but only in the bread machine. So here is my recipe for bread machine panettone using the sweet setting:
2/3 cup of warm water
1/4 cup of butter (soft or melted)
1.5 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups of bread flour
1/2 tsp of salt
1.5 tsp of machine yeast (dry yeast)
1 tsp of bread improver (optional)
1 Tbs dry milk powder (you can substitute the warm water above for warm milk and skip the powder)
1/2 cup of dried mixed fruit (included glace citron if you have it)
1 tsp of fennel seed
1 Tbs lemon zest
Put all the ingredients into your bread machine (in the order above) except the mixed fruit, fennel seed and lemon zest. Add the fruit, fennel and zest before the last kneading cycle ends (around 10mins) – most machines will beep to let you know when to add ‘bits’.
If you don’t have a sweet cycle, follow the above but use the dough setting. Once complete take it out and let it rise in a warm spot somewhere for around 1.5hrs. Back in a preheated moderate oven for 30 minutes (check after 25mins if fan forced).