Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Sketch & Stitch Gift Bag Tutorial!

bags for sale
I'm having great fun sketching, stamping and stitching on these 8.5 x 11" muslin draw string bags.
ebag complete
I carry my camera attachments in this bag.

inspiration         ebag inspiration 1
You've seen this inspiration before. I'm having eternal fun with this imagery.
I used water soluble crayon for the color on this bag.

e bag
Eucalyptus Inspired bag  

oak bag
Texas Red Oak Gift Bag  

oak begins  oak color
I drew, in pencil, on the bag. I outlined it with a permanent pen, then colored in with color pencils.
oak 1    oak 5
From the oak leaf image, I carved my own stamp. Be sure and put wax paper inside the bag, when you stamp or paint on it.
  oak 6  stamps
I stamped the bag, and some shipping tags. You can see the acorn stamp I made too.
oak detail 3
And of course, I hand stitched, using a chain stitch and a back stitch.
oak detail 2
You can see my stitch guide here.
paris bag
France!  
PARIS 2A    PARIS 2
For this bag, I stamped first, using commercial stamps. Then I printed out a fleur de lis, cut it out and traced it, using a gel roller for fabric.
paris detail 2
And stitched!
paris detail 4

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My gift bags. 8.5 x 11 bags

37 comments:

  1. Fantastic tutorial Jane!

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  2. Jane, these are fantastic.

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  3. I love to sttamp and stitch! Your bags are so lovely! Great tutorial!

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  4. Adorable! Not to mention a great idea :)
    So cute that I just ordered some of those bags myself - I have a holiday show coming up and I think it would be fun to feature some painted bags.

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  5. As Always.... fabulous ! Thanks for sharing this idea and your talent. Great idea for gifting wine also!

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  6. Jane,

    This tutorial is even better than I imagined! Thank you for sharing these ideas with us! What a gift!!

    Norina

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  7. Sherry Winchester11/09/2011 8:23 AM

    Great little gift bags...so very creative! Wonderful work!!

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  8. LOVE LOVE LOVE This Jane! will be making these for my friends.

    XO

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  9. I am just crazypants for these bags Jane! LOVE them. I'm getting together with friends and this will be on the "try this" table for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Help... these sound wonderful, but I can't see the pictures.

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  11. These are so wonderful! Thank you, thank you! :-)

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  12. I LOVE these, Jane! I used to do a lot of embroidery and this might just get me to finding that stash of DMC. Great photos and directions... thank you!

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  13. Gorgeous bags!! Love the tutorial, thank you:)

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  14. What adorable bags! Looks like lots of fun.

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  15. Another great idea for gifts. love the bags. Dianne in Aust

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  16. This is such a great idea, I plan to try this one. Thanks so much for sharing and being the first tutorial on the hop.

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  17. Beautiful project. Thank you for the tutorial. I think I need to give this a try.

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  18. So cute Jane! Where did you get your blank bags? Did you buy them or make them? That's making me want to carve some stamps too!

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  19. thanks everyone! I'm so glad you like it. Judy, just click on the text, muslin bag, and there's a link to where I bought them.

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  20. Fabulous! Gives me so many ideas for Christmas! Thanks so much for such a wonderful tutorial!
    Cheers!

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  21. Elegantly, simply beutiful. How do you make the crayon waterproof- is it heat set?

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  22. I am Australian and Eucalyptus flowers are some of my favorites. I love the way you have presented the Eucalyptus leaves and flowers.

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  23. Such beautiful bags, a gift in themselves!

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  24. Love these Jane! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. I do heat set the water soluble crayon, but I don't expect to be washing these bags...I suppose, if I had to, I'd hand wash them, then just add more color if it had faded!
    thanks everyone!

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  26. These are beautiful! Although I would probably use this method for a little quiltlet instead of a gift bag. Or be really choosey who I gift to. Some family members would probably throw the bag away so they don't deserve it :-(

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  27. YOU ROCK JANE!! This tutorial is fantastic! I recently started carving my own stamps (and used one as the basis for one of my imaginary animal sketches - fun!) and now to learn about those water soluble crayons! How did I miss those in my many trips to local art supplies store. :-) So excited about all the upcoming tutes. You are all the BEST!

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  28. The bags make great little Christmas present holders.

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  29. Thank you for the inspiration, Jane! Your bags/stamps/stitching are just lovely and I can't wait to give it a try! Is that a multi-colored embroidery thread that you used on the fleur de lis? I love it!

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  30. Your decorated muslin bags are absolutely beautiful. Colorful, stitched---awesome!! Thanks for sharing your art with us!!

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  31. i love this tutorial. so excited to journey onward with the blog hop! xo

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  32. Love the imagery and the texture of the thread. Beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. You sound like so much fun!! These bags are very inspirational. I love that you made your own stamp -something that I am always doing... in my head. :) Good to know someone actually does it in real life!

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  34. Thanks Jane. It's a great tutorial.
    ciao ciao Linda

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  35. How wonderful they all are! The people who receive a gift from you will be lucky indeed.

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