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Cloth Bag DIY Projects

I have always loved little cloth drawstring bags.  I have childhood memories of my Dad, who worked at a parts supplier, occasionally bringing home a few empty bags for my brothers and I to play with.  They held our treasures, rock collections, stamps, little toys, shells, etc.  So when State Line Bag Co. asked if I'd like to receive some of their cotton drawstring bags to try out for crafting, of course I said yes! 

In this post are some photos of my experiments crafting with the cotton drawstring bags.  Even my kids joined in on the fun! 

Using these little bags are almost like working with a blank canvas, except you can put something inside too!  Great for gift giving. With Christmas coming up, yes it's only over 3 months away (!), I can think of lots of opportunities for using these bags, customized by me. 🙂

Paints used are acrylic craft paints.  For the stencils and masks, I cut the designs from cardstock.  For the chevron pattern, I taped the pattern out using painters tape.  See below. I could have measured for a more precise pattern, but this time decided to wing it by eye-balling it!

The background of the chevron patterned bag is a cloudy sky painted surface.

Lettering is handcut from cardstock and used as a mask with acrylic paint.

The plus sign and the zigzag designs were all handcut from cardstock and used as a mask with acrylic paint.

Rubber stamps work well on these cotton bags.  I used Staz-On black ink and some stamps are from Fiskars and others are my own designs cut from rubber stamps. (See my printmaking post here.) When you are stamping (or painting), be sure you put a piece of cardstock inside the bag so that your ink or paint doesn't go through onto the other side.

Visit State Line Bag Co. and check out their selection of cotton drawstring bags and backpacks. There are links to an online retailer and wholesale as well.

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  1. September 4th, 2012Posted | Permalink

    What a wonderful keepsake! Thanks for the great post.

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