In social studies, we play a game where you can give the emperor gifts in exchange for extra koku, or rice. So I gave a little drawstring bag with 'emperor' embroidered on it in Japanese. My group then filled it with little origami stars and cranes. Finished bag:
I basically cut a rectangle of loosely-woven fabric by my desired width and double the length I wanted, plus 2" for the casings. I folded the top and bottom of the fabric over about 1," and then I sewed them down with a double running stitch. I embroidered on the Japanese characters, and then I folded the bag in half, right sides together, and sewed up the sides, stopping when I reached the bottom of the casings--you don't want to close them. Then I cut 2 pieces of yarn and threaded them through, tying knots at the end.
Even though the bag is plain, I'm really proud about it. Next I want to knit a sweater--a chunky sweater with BIG needles. Maybe US 19.