Friday, December 9, 2011

Working on more gift bags

I made a couple of gift bags about a month ago and they flew out of my booth at Merchant Square.  So, I decided yesterday to make two more plus another, simpler one.

This was the first one I finished (approx. 8 1/2" x 11").  The lady in this image has the most beautiful dress and I love the long hair in the braid down her back tied with two big bows.  Lots of old lace bits, a velveteen fabric piece behind the image set the color scheme for this tote bag.
I finished this one this morning.  I kept the palette to whites and just added the pink ribbon for a bit of color.  This image is one of my favorites!
The inspiration for this one came from the most recent issue of Sew Somerset magazine.  I made this Paris tote bag (approx. 7" x 8 1/2" not including the strap) out of scraps from my stash and pieces from my Collage Camp creations.  It is really soft and  I think it would make a great hostess gift!  I'm on a roll today and will be making more this afternoon.  Right now it's lunch time!
This burlap bag was garnered from the produce department of my local grocery store.  I asked the department manager if he would save this bag for me after he used it in the display of chestnuts.  Earlier this week I collected this bag and asked to have any others saved for me.   I think these can be repurposed into something else!  Will be working on that for later.


Bohemian said...

Oh Judy, your Gift Bags are fabulous... LOVE THEM!

In answer to your questions... yes, the 100+ year old Burlap left a fuzzball mess in machine and dryer. I use a Laundromat Commercial Grade Machine since I don't have my own machines. I just spent extra time cleaning the machines out after I washed them, the fuzz actually came out easily and only a couple of my feedsacks seemed to cause most of the mess because they didn't hold together as well since they already had some damage... they're the ones I'm using for Stockings & other Craft Projects. Time consuming process washing a large pile of this old Burlap but certainly worthwhile as they washed up beautifully and I never could have gotten them as spotless trying to wash them out by hand in a washtub... which I did try first. I used a LOT of fabric softner too and it made the stiffness completely disappear and they now smell divine.

Yes, I will be at the Sweet Salvage Event since I managed to get that day off... the Melrose Crawl is also going on that Evening as well from 5-9 pm up and down 7th Avenue Shops. Hope to see you there?!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Robin said...

Beautiful bags Judy!


Bohemian said...

Judy, it was so good to see you at the Sweet Salvage Event and get our photo taken together. Alas, I look DREADFUL in mine, I Hope yours turned out better? *Winks* If so I might borrow it and replace mine... I knew I felt fatigued and not in top form that early in the Morning *smiles*... didn't realize how much is showed though! *Gasp!*

Got some great Treasures and my 2nd wind during the Melrose Crawl up and down 7th Avenue... the BFF and I were there 'til quite late... I'm more an Evening Person than a Morning Person anyway... *smiles*

Dawn... The Bohemian