When I finished my Red, Red, Robin quilt I needed an easy project to occupy my hands for a couple of days while I came down from the demands and euphoria of a project that had occupied my mind for several months. I pulled this kit for cross-stitch gift bags out of my stash, . I've had a couple of these for several years now and they come out and go back untouched each Christmas. They looked cheerful and straightforward enough to give me the mind-break I needed.
The bags were partially made up. When the stitching was done you joined the back seam and hemmed the top. I used a herringbone stitch on the inside, giving a running stitch effect on the outside. I then threaded the ribbon through the Aida as a draw-string, rather than just tying it around the outside of the bag as the kit instructed.
Just a few hours after I had taken this photo and put the bags away for next Christmas, I found yet another one of the kits in my stash! Common sense might suggest I leave it for another day, but, no, I was determined to clear my slate of this purchase, so got on with the last two bags as 'down time' between more demanding projects.