A few weeks ago one of our teammates turned six. I decided to whip up a little gift for her. She has two older sisters so I figured she could use a little bag to keep all her personal goodies. It's a pretty simple drawstring bag and I couldn't resist adding a little embroidery. I actually did the whole thing a little backwards and put the bag completely together before doing any of the embroidery. I didn't know if I'd be able to finish it before the party that night, but in the end I was able to do all the embroidery I wanted, it was just a little tricky with the bag already together.
Here are a couple of details of the embroidery.
The cinched top.
I'm not sure how well you can tell in this picture, but to seal the ends of the ribbon I just used a small flame to melt the end. Perhaps everyone already knows this trick. Just light a candle and hold the ribbon close, but not so close it catches fire. Once you've got a nice melted line all the way across the ribbon won't fray. It's a good idea to keep a little water on hand, just in case. I've done this with all sorts of ribbon, though there may be some it wouldn't work on, such as a 100% cotton ribbon. Not sure.
The fabric is wrinkled in the pictures because the power was out so I couldn't iron it.