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Holiday Gift Bags and Boxes

Metal-Rim Tag Bag Materials:

  1. Cut the fabric into a 6x16" rectangle. Fold the fabric in half with right sides together. Stitch the sides. Fold the opening of the bag and stitch to create a hem. Turn the bag right side out.
  2. Mark the position of the eyelets about 2" from the top of the bag. Snip small holes for the eyelets with scissors. Add the eyelets to the bag, and string ribbon through the holes to create the closure.
  3. Cut patterned paper to fit inside a metal-rim tag. Enhance with glitter and a note as desired. Add an eyelet at the top of the tag, and string through the ribbon closure.

SOURCES Patterned paper: BasicGrey. Pen: Sakura. Glitter: Ranger Industries. Tag, eyelets: Making Memories. Ribbon: May Arts. Design: Erikia Ghumm.

Iron-On Bag Materials:

  1. With the iron-on's backing still attached, trim around the image. Heat the iron to "wool" setting for a fabric transfer.
  2. Lay the iron-on facedown onto your surface, making sure the paper backing is facing you. Insert a piece of cardboard inside the bag before pressing. Gently run the iron across the entire surface of the backing. Keep moving the iron to avoid scorching. Peel away the backing when cool.

SOURCES Velvet bag: Paper Mart. Iron-on: SEI. Design: Erikia Ghumm.

Stamped Bag Materials:

  1. Cut the fabric into a 6x16" rectangle. Fold the fabric in half with right sides facing in. Stitch the sides. Fold the opening of the bag and stitch to create a hem. Turn the bag right side out.
  2. Mark the position of the eyelets about 2" from the top of the bag. Snip small holes for the eyelets with scissors. Add the eyelets to the bag, and string rickrack through the holes to create the closure.
  3. Add a small piece of cardboard inside the bag for a hard surface to stamp on. Stamp the ornaments and greeting with permanent ink.
  4. To color the images, use permanent re-inkers diluted with water. Go over the top with a paintbrush. When finished, heat-set the ink with an iron.
  5. Create a tag with cardstock and pens. Add it to the closure by pushing an eyelet through the top.

SOURCES Cardstock: WorldWin Papers. Stamps: Inkadinkado. Ink: Ranger Industries. Pen: Sakura. Eyelets: We R Memory Keepers. Design: Erikia Ghumm.

Die-Cut Box Materials:

  1. Visit your local scrapbooking store to cut a large die-cut box from sturdy cardstock.
  2. Before folding into a box, cover the four long sides with rectangles of patterned paper.
  3. For the tag, punch a hole in a flower-shape accent, pull string through, and attach the accent to the top of the box. Accent with stickers.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Patterned paper: Anna Griffin (candy canes, stripe), Li'l Davis Design (white/red stars). Stickers: Autumn Leaves. Die-cutting tool, die: Ellison (SureCut Die - Box #15 (Star)) Tag: Jenni Bowling Studio. Design: Candice Carpenter.

Hand-cut Box Materials:

  1. Download the box pattern here. Trace the pattern onto cardstock; trim.
  2. Fold as directed. Embellish the box with a button, a sticker, and a knot of ribbon.

SOURCES Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Sticker, button: Autumn Leaves. Design: Gabriella Hunter.

Take-out Containers Materials:

1. Print custom sentiments onto white cardstock. Find tips on type here:

 

2. Trim around the sentiment with scallop-edge scissors. Layer two printouts onto the front of the purchased box with foam tape for dimension.

3. Print another sentiment for the bottom of the box and embellish it with brads.

4. Tie up the box with ribbon, and dangle a chipboard accent from a ball chain to add interest.

SOURCES Paper box: Westrim Crafts. Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper. Chipboard accent: Autumn Leaves. Brads, ribbon: Making Memories. Chain: SkyBluePink. Design: Leah Fung.

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