Thursday, 24 November 2011

Bags, bags, bags - and SU fabric!

As well as the Eiffel Tower charm, I wanted to give my team members something to remember Convention by – as a thank you for coming along and being such great downlines. So I decorated a jute bag for each of them, as I knew they’d be needing extra luggage on the return home!

They were all different but I’ll just show one of them – this one uses the Timeless Portrait fabric, combined with a little black felt to help it stand out.

To make the fabric stiffer, I made a 50/50 mix of PVA glue and water and painted it on. It dried very quickly and worked remarkably well. Next I ran it through the Big Shot to create the flowers and layered them up on the felt, topping it off with a black button. I had to sew them together, which is a bit of a trauma for me, but even I managed this. The stiffened fabric can be scrunched up to make it stand out more, too.

The tag is made from fabric, too! And, after a few experiments, I settled on this method:

  1. Take some of the backing from a pack of Designer Series Paper and cut a piece slightly larger than the flower you plan to use.
  2. Cover on both sides with a piece of one of the Big Shot Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets (p122).
  3. Peel off the backing and cover with your chosen fabric.
  4. Run through the Big Shot with your chosen die. It works brilliantly!

I punched a hole with my trusty Crop-A-Dile™ and threaded some ribbon through to finish.

While I was at it, I decided it was high time I finished off this gorgeous little bag which my friend Kelly made for me using the fabric. She knows I can’t sew so offered to make me some fab samples. The bag is reversible, but I wanted to decorate it in some way, so added a flower to my favourite side; the Cherry Cobbler one of course!

Again, this is made with a combination of black felt and fabric, topped this time with a couple of buttons from the Regals and Neutrals packs. Sewn on by my fair hand – I even managed to ensure that the stitching only went through the Cherry Cobbler fabric and not through to the inside! Impressed I hope!

Cardstock: Just the backing from a pack of DSP
Tools: Big Shot, Fun Flowers die, Crop-A-Dile™
Accessories: 1/8” taffeta ribbon - Basic Black; Designer Buttons – Neutrals, Regals; Timeless Portrait fabric.
Other: Black felt

All products by Stampin’ Up!® apart from black felt and jute bag


  1. These bags are fab Helen.... an idea for a class perhaps??? ;)

  2. The flowers are wonderful! They really add so much to the bags!

  3. The bags are lovely Helen and thanks for making them, mine has had quite a lot of use since I got back too. Love the Cherry Cobler one as well.


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