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Lifestyle Studios Blog Hop: Fabric Gift Bag

Welcome!  I hope you’re all enjoying the little blog hop today. I love seeing all the different ways people use the different products from We R Memory Keepers, don’t you?

Mother’s Day is coming up and I was so excited to try an idea for a gift that I’ve had for a while now. This Lifestyle Studios Design Team Blog Hop seemed like the perfect chance.

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I had tried out the new Gift Bag punch board with paper before.  It took a few tries to get it right, but I finally figured it out (the video I share below especially helped) and the results were so cute!  However, I wanted something a little longer lasting than a paper bag so I decided to try it out with fabric.  I tried a few different ways and here is the one that worked out the best for me.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Applique interfacing
Heavy weight, single side adhesive interfacing (not pictured)
Fabric
Crop-A-Dile
Gift Bag Punch Board
Scissors (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)

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First, you need to reinforce the fabric to give it some body and structure so it will stand.  Also, if you decide to use multiple fabrics you will need to applique them together.  In the pictures above you can see how I added the heavy weight interfacing to a piece of muslin and cut it down to size.  Then I appliqued the patterned fabrics to the front and used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to make sure the edges stay down.

Once the fabric is all ready to go, it’s time to get to punching and scoring on the board.  I just followed the directions in this video and it all worked out perfectly. There were a few little adaptations I had to make, but they are super simple.

Some pointers about punching:

You are punching the bottom of the bag.  So, if your fabric has a top or bottom (like mine had) make sure you’re punching the bottom.

Also, you want the right side of the fabric facing up so that the score lines work out the best.

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As for the slight modifications I had to make – the punch isn’t made for fabric so it won’t punch all the way through.  But that’s not a problem at all.  It leaves a nice little score line so that you can just cut along the lines.

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And this is what you’ll end up with.  It’s just like the paper turned out and works just the same.  All I did next was clean up the edges then hot glued the bottom tabs and the side of the bag closed.

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And since the reverse hole punch on the board doesn’t punch through the fabric too well, I pulled out my handy dandy crop-a-dile to add the ribbon holes to the gift bag.

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Ta da!!  A perfect little gift bag for the mothers in your life.  I’m sure they’d love it full of chocolate or other yummy goodies.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Gift Bag Punch Board or Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And guess what’s awesome?  There’s a giveaway going on today over at the We R Memory Keepers blog.  They’re giving away one of these great Crafters Totes.  Who wouldn’t want one of those?  So run over there and try your luck at the giveaway.

Aqua Tote bag

And just so that you don’t get lost on this great Blog Hop, here are those of us from the Lifestyle Studios Design Team that are participating.  Happy hopping!

Aimee’s Armoire
http://aimeesarmoire.typepad.com

Benzie Design
http://benziedesign.blogspot.com

Cokie Pop Paper
http://cokiepopaper.blogspot.com

Cutesy Crafts
http://cutesycrafts.com

Ginger Snap Crafts
http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com

Gluesticks Blog
http://gluesticksblog.com/

Homework
http://www.carolynshomework.com

Kutz Paper Scissors
http://andreayokley-jessup.blogspot.com

Making the World Cuter
http://makingtheworldcuter.com

Midwestern Girl
http://www.midwesterngirldiy.com

Missy Dear (you are here)
www.missy-dear.com

One Scrappin Mama
http://onescrappinmama.blogspot.com

Popsicle Toes
http://shellypop.com

Pretty Providence
http://prettyprovidence.com

Scrap Time
http://scraptime.ca

Sew Craft Create
http://sewcraftcreate.com

Snapping Monsters
http://snappingmonsters.blogspot.com

The Creative Mom
http://www.thecreativemom.com

Tried & True
http://triedandtrueblog.com

Waffleflower
http://waffleflower.com

We R Memory Keepers (the giveaway is here!)
http://wermemorykeepers.wordpress.com

Andrea Worley
www.andreaworley.com

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

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