Monday, 12 November 2012

Gifts to make under £20

For November The Craft Barn DTare looking at different priced gifts that you can make.  The Craft Barn DT have all put their thinking caps on and come up with some wonderful ideas!  This week we start with gifts under £20.  Mine comes in well below that at around £12, if you include the stamp.  I have decorated a shopping bag or two :D

I have kept the decoration on this shopping bag flat & light because I still wanted to fold it up to put in my handbag or pocket but you could really go to town with this! I also made up a mini version for the little Miss who like to copy Mummy!

Firstly cut a piece of card to just smaller than the bag and insert inside...this is so that you have a flat surface and also to protect the other side. I used a lovely stamp by Impression Obsession (J2011) which can be used a border, although I didn't line it up too well, it still works :D. I used Momento ink to stamp and then lightly coloured with Promarkers. Don't go right to the edges as the ink will bleed a little. Then a little light touch with my favourite crackle stamp & some matching Brilliance ink. I finished it off by tying some ribbons around the handles.

For the little girls' bag cut a piece of calico 21x32cm, fold in half widthways and stitch up 2 sides to form a bag. Fold down the top opening 3cm and stitch along the fold. Then fold tuck in 1cm of the raw edge & stitch. This gives a firmer edge. For the handles but 2 pieces of calico 22x5cm, fold in half lengthwise and stitch using a 5mm hem. Turn and press so that the seam in down the middle of the strap, edge stitch. Tuck under 1cm on each end the straps and stitch to the bag as shown. Decorate to match the large bag.

I realised that I couldn't use this stamp for the calendar piece again so I just matched up the colours with some spray ink.  Those 'of a certain age' will remember soaps-on-ropes well hahahahaha!!!!

From The Craft Barn I used:

Impression Obsession stamp - J2011
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Kaz said...

That stamping looks brilliant on the bags Karen. So simple, but so stunning. Love the quote on your calendar page too xxx

Kath said...

Those are great, Karen. I am sure they will be well used by bothe Mother and Daughter! I love that stamp. I tried to buy one but they are sold out at Crafy barn and won't have any more until next year now. :( Never mind, eh, I shall wait patiently. :)

Dawn said...

Gorgeous bags sweetie, lol it's that lovely stamp again, tee hee when you get bored with it.................
Love you calendar too, beautiful colours and fab sentiment. Pmsl, I used to get those at christmas, lol I must be getting old!!!!!
Huge hugs x x x x

Kathy said...

Such a lovely idea, Karen

Angelnorth said...

The bags look great Karen, they'd be fab done in the recipient's favourite colours!

Traceyr said...

Wow Karen that is a gorgeous bag and love the mini me version too. I am of that certain age and remember well the soap on a rope! hahaha :)

Julia S-W said...

Just wanted to say how lovely I thought these bags were Karen! I love that stamp and how you've coloured it and the crackle stamp works really well.
I really laughed when I read your calendar quote. I'm certainly in that age group as I loved having an Avon Pretty Peach soap on a rope!!! Love the page.
Have a great week.

Dawn said...

Those bags look amazing it must be the ink so vibrant!

Just to let you know, I wish I had the talent to paint the bird on my tag but it was just yummy design paper

Have a lovely wkend Dxx