Sweet Juliet Gift Bag

Craft Ideas Craft of the Day

Create a stunning DIY gift bag to present your gift cards and smaller gifts in style.


  • Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet Collection Antiquity Paper Collection (HCDP1 237)
  • Cardstock: red, salmon, kraft, moss green
  • Brown paper lunch bag, 5-1/2″ wide
  • Large white brad
  • Large oval rhinestone
  • Basic Grey Magnetic Disks


  • Die cutting and embossing machine
  • Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet Collection Postcard PreCut Stamp Set (HCPC 3563)
  • Dies: Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliette (HCD 740), Sun Kissed Fleur (HCD 734); Spellbinders Nestabilities Oval Small (354804), Classic Oval Lg (354802), Gold Ovals One (088598), Borderabilities A2 Scalloped Borders One
  • Ink pads: Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento; Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Lights Salmon, Earthtones in Lettuce, Pesto and Red Pepper
  • Imagine Crafts Tsukineko Fantastix Blending Tool
  • Acrylic block
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, paper trimmer, ruler, pencil, scoring tool



Cut paper bag 4-1/2” from bottom. Fold the bottom of the bag on itself with long sides together and crease, making the front and back of bag completely flat.


Cut kraft cardstock to 5-1/2”x7”; score length at 4-3/4” to create front flap. Using Scalloped Borders die, die cut/emboss edge of flap as shown.


Cut red cardstock to 5-1/4”x1-1/2”; cut cream patterned paper to 5”x1-1/8”. Using Scalloped Borders die, die cut/emboss long edge of cardstock. Adhere all three panels to flap as shown.


Cover back of bag with adhesive. Adhere back panel to bag, allowing front flap to flip over bag opening.


Cut kraft cardstock to 5-1/2”x4-3/4”, red cardstock to 5-1/4”x4-1/2 and cream patterned paper to 5”x4-1/4. Using Tuxedo Black ink, stamp image on paper; color as desired with inks and blending tool.


Mat stamped panel to red cardstock; adhere matted image to kraft panel. Cover front of bag with adhesive and adhere panel to bag, aligning edges with back panel.


Using Sweet Juliette die, die cut/emboss two leaf sprays from moss green cardstock; ink edges. Adhere to bag as shown.


Using Sun Kissed Fleur die, die cut/emboss two same-size flowers, one from red and one from salmon cardstock. Center align flower layers, rotating top layer so petal colors alternate; adhere. Adhere flower to bag as shown.


Using Sweet Juliet die, die cut/emboss two same-size flowers, one from red and one from salmon cardstock. Center align flower layers of remaining red and salmon flowers, rotating top layer so petal colors alternate. Fold flower arms in to center, secure from front with brad. Adhere to flower on bag.


Using Gold Ovals One, die cut/emboss decorative oval from red cardstock. Die cut/emboss coordinating oval from kraft cardstock. Mat red oval to kraft oval. Adhere rhinestone in center. Adhere oval panel to front flap as shown, extending beyond edge of flap. Align and adhere magnet to back bottom side of oval and inside bag to keep flap closed.


Cut 1/2”x10” kraft cardstock and 1/4”x10” red cardstock strips. Mat red strip to kraft strip; adhere. Score strip 1/2” from each end; fold to 45 degrees. Adhere scored flaps to back side of back panel.

by Linda Kleman for Heartfelt Creations (www.heartfeltcreations.us)

Santa Treat Sacks in the Embroidery Hoop

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

This quick-and-easy in the hoop project is perfect for stocking stuffers or last minute gifts. Fill with small treats like candy, spools of thread, chapstick, or any other small gifts.


  • Acrylic or Wool Felt, 5”x5”, two
  • Sulky Tear-Easy Lightweight Tearaway Stabilizer
  • Machine embroidery thread, 40-weight: red, green
  • Satin Ribbon, 1/4”, 12” length: red, green


Basic Supplies

scissors, cellophane tape


Treat Sack

(Note: All designs shown in main image are included in set. Directions apply to all designs.)

1. Hoop stabilizer and place hoop on machine. Run color 1, which stitches outline of treat sack.

2. Lightly spray wrong side of one felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place sticky side down in hoop, ensuring it completely covers outline of design.

3. Place hoop on machine and run color 2, which stitches felt to stabilizer. Run colors 3 and 4, which stitch the lettering on the design. Remove hoop when color 4 finishes.

4. Turn hoop over so BACK of hoop is visible. Lightly spray wrong side of 5”x5” felt piece with temporary spray adhesive. Place felt on back of hoop so it completely covers outline of design. Smooth with fingers to adhere felt.

5. Turn hoop to front and place hoop on machine; run final color 5, which stitches the two pieces of felt together by outlining design. Remove hoop from machine.

6. Unhoop design and gently tear away all stabilizer from around design.

7. Using sharp scissors, trim around design using stitch line as guide, leaving about 1/4” of allowance outside the seam line as shown. Reach inside opening and gently tear away stabilizer inside sack. (Note: It may be easier to turn treat sack inside out to remove all stabilizer.)

8. Insert candies, gift card, spools of thread for your sewing friends, etc.

9. Pinch top of sack together with fingers and tie with one or two lengths of ribbon that match your sack.

Other Designs

  • Santa Treat Sacks In the Hoop Embroidery Design Set includes several different Christmas sayings. Quick and easy, make several in a very short time!


  • Felt will dull needles quickly. Be sure to change your embroidery needle often.

for Five Star Fonts Embroidery (www.fivestarfonts.com)


Great Finds Friday: Close To My Heart Thanksgiving Table Décor

Welcome to Great Finds Friday! Here’s a fast, easy way to add color and personality to your Thanksgiving table. Using cardstock, ink, stamps, and mini muslin bags from Close To My Heart®, you can create simple yet elegant favors and coordinating napkin rings that will impress your guests.

The beautiful NEW Happy Autumn My Acrylix Stamp Set was the starting point for my design. I only used two stamps from the 11-stamp set to create my designs, but you can mix and match to create your own unique look. The floral and leaf images from this stamp set can be used year-round, making it very versatile. The other sentiment stamp in this set is “Give thanks for all you have.” That’s a wonderful reminder this time of year!

My Creations™ Muslin Drawstring Bags from Close To My Heart measure 4”x6” and are sold in packages of three for $3.95. They are perfect for holding a few handfuls of wrapped candies. I want my guests to have a lasting, cozy reminder of our harvest celebration, so I’ll be filling my favors with a few scoops of spicy autumn potpourri that they can take home and enjoy throughout the holiday season.

To add a burst of color to my otherwise neutral table, I stamped the pretty row of Happy Autumn mums onto the muslin bag using Exclusive Inks Stamp Pads in Sunset, Cranberry, Gypsy, Honey, and Topiary. I stamped the “Happy Autumn” sentiment in Cocoa. To prevent ink from bleeding through to the back of the bag, insert thin cardboard inside before stamping. I used the small, square stamp pads to ink the image, but you could also use Exclusive Inks Markers if you like a more precise look. I applied both the sentiment and the mums cling stamps to one 4”x5” My Acrylix Block, inked the images, and stamped my surface. Easy!

To finish off the favor, fill as desired, cinch the drawstrings, and tie a bow. Stamp the first letter of your guest’s name onto Goldrush cardstock, from the NEW Sarita Paper Packet, using Cocoa ink; heat emboss with clear embossing powder. (I used the NEW Framework Alphabet from Close To My Heart, but you can use your favorite alphabet stamps.) Punch letter into a 1-1/2” circle and punch a small hole near the top. Tie monogrammed tag to bag using baker’s twine from the Mini-Medley Accents Wooden Collection. Insert a Bigger Brad from the Mini-Medley Accents Antiqued Gold Collection through the tag hole.

For each napkin ring, cut one 6”x2” Goldrush and one 6”x1-1/2” Colonial White cardstock strip. In same way as favor bag, stamp mums image at center of Colonial White strip. Layer and adhere strips together. Using strong, double-sided tape, overlap and adhere strip ends 1”. Press down slightly on top of napkin ring to create more oval shape. Roll and insert napkin.

For one more dose of color, use a 12”x12” sheet of Sarita B&T Duos® double-sided paper in place of a traditional cloth place mat.

I hope you enjoyed these easy project ideas. Wishing you color, creativity, and blessed abundance!

Dawn Gehring, Crafts ‘n things Editorial Staff

French-Inspired Burlap Wine Bag

I love all things French. The motifs and especially the phrases such as J’adore (I love you), Bonjour (Hello), Je t’aime (I love you ‘also’) and Merci (thank you). French phrases bring a certain elegance to handmade creations such as these handmade burlap wine bags. By using approximately 1/2 yard or less of burlap material, you can whip up your own French-themed wine bag in one evening.

First, create your own bag by cutting one 7”x15” strip of burlap fabric using a rotary cutter and self-healing mat.

Fuse some webbing to an 10” square of black wool or acrylic felt with an iron and ironing surface. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for the exact directions for this.

Next, use your Sizzix Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, cutting pads, and Serif Essentials Bigz Dies to cut out the letters for “Merci” or other desired sentiment. Make sure you die cut paper side up so that the letters will have the appropriate orientation when fused to the bag front.

Peel the paper backing from the letters and fuse them to the front of the bag.

Thread the sewing machine with black thread and stitch the letters in place on the bag front with a straight stitch.

Using a 1/2″ seam allowance, sewing machine and thread, sew the seams right sides out down the sides of the bag and the top of the bag.

Turn the bag right sides out and use a glue such as Fabric Fusion to adhere the measuring tape around the bag about 4” down from the top,

To embellish the bag, I used hand dyed muslin, dyed with various colors of Rit Dye to create handmade flowers. I rolled and twist the strips in a spiral, gluing in place with the fabric glue as I went along.

I embellished each handmade flower with various flower centers created from sequins, rhinestones, beads, etc.

Use the fabric fusion to adhere the handmade flowers to the burlap bag as shown. Let glue set before further handling.

To add the drawstring, thread a tapestry needle with thin, delicate organza or muslin fabric strips (I used one of the dyed muslin strips I created with Rit Dye.) Thread the ribbon from front to back, leaving about 4” of the ribbon hanging. Continue, going all the way around the bag until you reach the front again. Trim off excess ribbon, leaving 4” hanging so that you can tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.

I finished off my burlap wine bag by adding a distressed, stamped wooden tag embellishment. Paint the tag black, then wax the surface and paint it antique white. Sand the surface to reveal an aged surface and stamp with a solvent ink and an image of your choice. I used a bird but a fleur de lis or a French postage stamp from my collection would have worked well, too.

I can’t think of a friend or family member who doesn’t adore getting my cousin’s homemade wine as a gift. What a great way to say thank you for so many wonderful ways my friends have helped me with over the past year.

Live Life Creatively,

Melony Bradley (www.mel-designs.typepad.com)

Winter Wishes

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day


Adorable, easy-to-paint wooden snowmen can be displayed or reused throughout the winter season.


  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Basswood: 3/16”x3/8”x24”, 1/8”x3”x24”
  • Glossy royal blue gift bag
  • White cardstock
  • Papers: black-and-white gingham, blue-and-white snowflake print
  • Small black brads, 18
  • Black alphabet stickers
  • Black-and-white gingham ribbon


  • Drill with bits: 1/16”, 3/16”
  • Midwest Products Co., Inc. Easy Cutter Tool
  • Acrylic paints: white, black, orange
  • Black dye ink pad
  • Adhesives: paper glue, glue gun and glue sticks, Plaid Paper Mod Podge

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, scissors, ruler, pencil, black fine-tip marker, fine-grit sandpaper, foam brush, round paintbrush


Prepare Wood

1. Cut three 4-1/2” lengths from wide basswood strip. Cut one 6” length from same piece for tag. Cut two corners from 6” piece to create tag shape; set aside.

2. Cut three 4” lengths from narrow basswood strip. Cut three corners from remainder of same piece for snowman noses.

3. Sand all pieces. Using round brush, paint 4-1/2” pieces white, 4” pieces black, and noses orange. Let dry.

4. Cut three 3”x2-1/2” gingham paper pieces. Adhere pieces to top half of each white snowman for hats. Adhere black wooden hat bands across snowmen as shown; let dry.

5. Using drill and 1/16” bit, drill four holes for mouth and two holes for eyes in each snowman. Insert brads; bend ends at back to secure. Adhere nose to face. Draw eyebrows with marker.

6. Cut three 2-1/2”x1-1/2” white cardstock strips; ink edges and adhere to hats.

7. Ink bottom edges of snowmen.


1. Make 5”x6-1/2” white side-fold card. Cut 5”x6-1/2” snowflake paper panel; adhere to card.

2. Adhere snowman to center of card using glue gun.

3. Cut three 5” ribbon lengths; adhere two lengths to top and bottom of card. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “Winter Wishes.”


1. Trace basswood tag onto back of snowflake paper; cut out paper tag and adhere to wood tag using Mod Podge and foam brush. Let dry. Ink tag edges.

2. Using drill and 3/16” bit, drill hole in top of tag.

3. Adhere snowman to center of tag using glue gun.

4. Cut two 5” ribbon lengths. Thread one length through hole in tag; knot ends together. Knot remaining length in center; adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

5. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “to” and “from.”

Gift Bag

1. Cut 4”x5” snowflake paper panel; ink edges and adhere to gift bag.

2. Adhere snowman to center of snowflake paper using glue gun.

3. Cut 6” ribbon length. Knot center and adhere beneath snowman’s chin.

4. Apply stickers to white cardstock to spell “For You.”


Adhere a magnet to the back of the snowman before adhering to surface with double-sided tape. Recipient can add it to the fridge for a fun winter decoration.

by Melony Bradley for Midwest Products (www.midwestproducts.com)