With the Easter Holiday rapidly
approaching I was delighted to
find this lovely project from
Craftyfield in my in box.
The perfect answer to the
dilemma of how to carry all
the little eggs found on the
Easter Egg Hunt ........
"A drawstring fabric bag, like this one,
is ideal to wrap up awkward shaped items
and, as a bonus, you get 2 sides to decorate!
The bag is roughly 15 by 20cms.
It's also a lot easier to buy ready mad
than to make the bag yourself, which I
now know since this is precisely what I did.
Given the choice, let me tell you, I'd
rather spend the time on the fun
decorating part rather than the
construction of the bag!
No step by step today, especially on how
to cross-stitch, as I'm a complete beginner
myself, but I will give you ideas to
decorate fabric bags.
The bravest crafters might want to
paint or draw on the bag, otherwise
try stamping with textile paints
(SoSoft, Starlight Textiles, Setacolor)
or any of your permanent inks.
I would recommend Brilliance inks
because there are so many colours available
but Archival or Versafine will work too.
Remember to place a piece of cardboard
inside the bag to give you a firm
surface to stamp on and protect the
reverse of the bag from the ink or paint
If stamping is not your thing how
about stencilling? Just make sure the
fabric of your bag is stretched and
held in place with masking tape before
applying the paints.
Use one stencil for an overall pattern
or several to create a scene.
Create stripes with masking tape or
die-cut shapes out of acetate to stencil
specific areas of the bag.
If you are not confident decorating
your bag directly you can use a separate
piece of fabric and sew it on
to the bag later.
Other ideas: use image transfer with
gel medium, collage rice paper, sew
a printed fabric piece or several
pieces to make a shape or pattern...
You can add embellishments too,
flower shapes, buttons, shrink plastic
items (don't forget to punch the holes
before srinking...), ribbons, twine etc...
Like me you can use felt die-cuts motifs
to the bag, and I would advise you to
sew them on to be sure they won't move.
You could die-cut initials or a complete
name, word or phrase.
Steel rule dies (the thick Sizzix dies) are
best for this but I have had success with
thin dies too, just as long as the shape
isn't too detailed.
Only a few ideas here, but really the
world is your oyster!
Share with us in the comments if
you have ideas of your own.
These little bags will make it so easy
to wrap up the Easter eggs or Bunnies
and make nice keepsakes too!"
Thank you Craftyfield - lots of ideas here
especially for those of us who like to
make individual bags for each family
These bags would be good for
a little person's ballet shoes
or gym pumps too