Valentine’s Day Gift Bags

 

Valentine's Day Gift BagsI just love these Mini Muslin Bags and I’ve been using them for all sorts of things. But with Valentine’s Day approaching, it was time to whip up some gift bags!

I made each one a little bit different but the sky’s the limit with these bags. They’re just the right size for a small, thoughtful gift for a loved one, friend or teacher.

Here’s how I made each one…

IMG_4127To dye a bag is a very simple process. For this bag, I used half of a bottle of the Blushing Bride Classic Ink Refill mixed with some warm water in a bucket (just enough to cover the bag). Let the bag soak, occasionally turning it to dye both sides evenly. Allow to dry and then iron to set the color.

Embellish using Real Red Taffeta Ribbon and Rhinestones.

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IMG_4155Use twine, thread or ribbon to sew a simple heart onto a bag. I used Real Red Taffeta Ribbon and a fairly large needle to stitch this heart on. The ribbon can be of a pain when trying to pull it through the fabric so don’t give up!

IMG_4137I LOVE to stamp on these bags, it works perfectly! Using regular ink, just stamp as though you’re stamping on paper. The “Love” stamp that I used is from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit.

To make the little heart ties, just punch some pink and red cardstock using the Small Heart punch and adhere them to twine.

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IMG_4157I still can’t believe I actually managed to make all of those tiny hearts look fairly even without having a major catastrophe! I actually took the tiny heart stamp from the Make A Cake stamp set.

IMG_4159Ok, time for some more dying. This time I used the Real Red Classic Ink Refill. I created a stencil by running a large piece of cardstock through my die cut machine using one of the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies. You want the card stock to cover the entire bag, just leaving the stenciled area exposed.

Fill a Stampin’ Spritzer bottle a little over halfway with rubbing alcohol or water and fill the remainder of the bottle with the ink. Test spray on some paper towels and the spray the heart stencil. (Mess alert! I recommend doing this on a plastic drop-cloth covered surface!) Allow to dry for a while.

Add a little sparkle with this new Gold Sequin Trim.

IMG_4119Here’s another bag with an image stamped on it and a bit of my favorite chevron ribbon for a little touch of pink.

IMG_4114It’s easy to create unique gift bags to hand out to others…or to display on your desk as I have done. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be able to part with them come February 14th…we’ll see.

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