Thursday, December 27, 2012

Favorite Gift Bag

I hope this finds you well and  safe.  I had a wonderful time this holiday season visiting with family and friends.  I had a bunch of laughs, hugs, and some good chat time.   I have enjoyed making paper crafts for the folks in my life who appreciate my efforts.
One of my favorite challenge blog sites is the Shabby Tea Room, and they are having an interesting challenge this week.  They want us to share our favorite paper project.  And here is what I am sharing:  a beautiful, vintage gift bag I altered, to hold a gift I purchased for my oldest granddaughter.  I love altering paper bags.  I think the blank 'canvas' allows you to create what you want!

Here is a close-up of the gift bag:

The gift bag started as a simple white paper gift bag, with one rope handle.  I had a few scrap pieces of this pretty pattern paper, so I put them together.  I used a die to cut the grey polka dot pattern paper.  I wrapped a left over piece of crochet trim around the pattern papers to hide the seam.  I then used my sewing machine to add some stitching on this panel.  I made a multi-loop bow with some pale pink crinkled seam binding.  I attached the bow to the front of the panel with a pearl brad.  The sentiment tag peaking out under the bow says, 'JOY'.  I used a wide oval punch to punch out the little girl image from a tag.  I used another die to create the heart shape from some silver glitter paper.  I tied some pink bakers twine through a white button and tied it into a bow.  I adhered the button to the heart with my glue gun.  I wanted a simple tag, so I stamped and cut out the tiny 'top-note' shape.  I sewn a fabric initial to this tiny 'top-note' piece, and attached the monogram piece to the top of the gift bag with a glittered clothes pin.

One of my friends had a jewelry party before Christmas.  I attended.  (She's a very good friend.)  Well, it was with a company called 'Origami Owl'.  Never heard of it, so I looked it up on the internet.  And, really liked what I saw!  So, when I went, I knew that I was going to make a necklace for myself, and get something beautiful for my oldest granddaughter.  If you would like to 'shop', click HERE.  Jaime, is a wonderful person.
I wanted the bag to be as beautiful as the tag necklace that I purchased for her.  So, I altered this plain white gift bag.
I tied the box with a satin ribbon, to make the box pretty, too.

Thank you for stopping by today. 

Happy Crafting! hugs, Sharon W.


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Unknown said...

Such a beautiful bag! I can see why it is one of your favorites. I love the look!

Thanks for sharing,

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