Sunday, 26 May 2013

For the love of sewing

Hello everyone, Astrid here with my second project for May. Those of you that follow my own blog know that one of the things I love doing is decorating gift bags. Well, I have a friend who loves sewing and I thought it would be nice to bring her a little gift wrapped in a bag with a sewing theme.

To decorate the bag I used a large Manila #10 tag I inked it with three colours of Distress Inks, Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky and Victorian Velvet. Next I cut a piece of Manila Paper with one of my dies, coloured it with the same three Distress Inks, stamped the Calligraphic Mat 12 stamp over it in Stormy Sky and added it to the top of the tag. Next I stamped the postcard stamp from the Katie Fox Carte Postale set on a bit of scrapbook paper with Cobalt Blue Archival Ink, distressed the edges and adhered it to the tag. Now for the sewing elements, they came from the Katie Fox A Stitch in Time set and the Tim Holtz Attic Treasures set. All elements were stamped in Cobalt Blue Archival Ink again on various bits of scrapbook paper, cut out and adhered to the tag as shown with some flowers, cheesecloth and a bit of lace..

 The little buttons at the top came from my stash, but you can find very similar once here


After doing the front, and adhering it to the bag, I decided to do another tag for the back, using the same stamp sets:
The little banner was created with the help of the great Scrabble and Tags set and everything was finished with another button, some ribbon and a little rose.

Here you can see both sides together:
I inked around the edges  of the bag with some Vintage Photo, punched holes at the top for some string and the gift bag was complete.

Hope you liked it and have found some inspiration, and if you have not done so yet there is still a chance to play in our challenge. All you need to do is use words somewhere on your project.

24 comments:

Terry said...

What a lovely gift bag! Not only one fabulous side, but two and I love how you put the sewing theme together so perfectly! Love it!

marda said...

This is perfect. I "like" to sew, maybe not loving it so much as I used to, but I have a friend who makes stunningly beautiful quilts. This would be great for a wee something for her inside.
Thanks Astrid.

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a great giftbag!!!beautiful collage and colours this bag is a present on his own!!Beautiful!!

Greetings
Maria

Paula Whittaker said...

Just gorgeous.....I'd be happy to receive this, on it's own with nothing inside!

Heather Rogers said...

This is so pretty Astrid and I am sure whoever received it would be just as happy with it as the gift inside

Crafty Hugs
Heather xx

Maryann said...

A really cool giftbag here Astrid, and it looks fantastic. I love, what you´ve done here, it looks really awesome and you´ve used some really beautiful colors for it. Stunning project,

Marianne said...

Gorgeous giftbag!!
xxx Marianne

Ros Crawford said...

So very lovely!

Netty said...

fabulous gift bag. Annette x

Fandhmum said...

What a truly beautiful creation,
Rosie x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Truly fabulous Astrid! I am always amazed at your bag makeovers! Gorgous colours and what a lovely set of stamps you have combined.
Jennie x

~*~Patty S said...

What a beautiful gift bag...doesn't even need a gift inside as it is a gift all in itself!
oxo

Ria Gall said...

Hi Astrid
wow what a pretty gift bag so vintage and frilly so very pretty
Ria

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Beautiful and lovely gift bag.
Greetings Janny

Marisa Job said...

Great projects as usual!!! Very creative!!

butterfly said...

What a vintage beauty... the pastel colours are so pretty, and the bunting is enchanting. The sewing elements are delicious too, and I've no doubt your friend will absolutely love this (as well as whatever you pop inside it!!)...
Alison x

Dorthe said...

Astrid,-Oh my! this is the most adorable paper bag, so very lovely with the sewing elements, so beautiful placed on top of each other and with the beautiful flowers and lace- and the back is wonderful,too-with the bunting and the sweetest message to your friend! I also love the :Special delivery , on the front!
Thankyou for all the steps of creating this beauty- so lovely my friend!
xoxo,Dorthe

May said...

Gorgeous work Astrid, Lovely vintage feel & wonderful attention detail... Love it all... Hugs May x x x

Margaret Mifsud said...

Beautiful gift bag Astrid. Your friend will adore this, I know I would. Magic!! ox Marg

Dianne said...

Wow this is stunning Astrid doesn't even need a gift, the bag is a work of art oh she is going to love it..

Lucy Edmondson said...

Absolutely beautiful, Astrid!

Lucy x

Buttons said...

Such a fantastic way to decorate this bag Astrid. Love the way the colours really echo the vintage sewing theme. Hugs, Jenny x

Brenda Brown said...

Lurveee this.
xox

Artyjen said...

ooh! Love the decorated bag looks so fab ;)
xoxo Sioux