Friday, October 25, 2013

Muslin Bags with Iron-On Transfers

These muslin bags are so cute for little gifts.  They remind me of the "gold nugget" bubble gum that used to come in little bags like this....which I actually saw in the checkout line at Hobby Lobby.  I thought that gum was long gone!

I've experimented with stamping on these bags both with acrylic paint and our stamp pads, but didn't like the results so much.  I've been wanting to put a greeting on the bag - like this one - but the words just weren't stamping well.  I think a bolder image would work much better for stamping.

I saw on the Stampin' Up! blog where they used iron-on transfer paper to decorate some bags for Halloween.  I had been hoping that the Christmas Messages stamp set would be available as a digital image because I knew this sentiment would work perfectly.  Thank you, Stampin' Up!, for including that stamp brush set in the new downloads last week!

I created my file in MDS and "mirrored" the image so the words would be going in the right direction after they were applied to the bag.  My overall image size is about 2-1/2x3 inches.  I filled the page in with several images in order to not waste paper (you could probably cut it down beforehand to a half page instead).  Even though I printed a test sheet, I didn't notice that some of the words were cut off in the margins.  Be careful about that.  Luckily the images in the middle were fine.  Lesson learned.

I think it would be even cuter with a candy cane sticking out of the top but, shocker, I haven't seen any out yet.  I figured they'd have them out in July (not that I support that).  I just added a simple little piece of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon to dress it up a bit.  (Note;  I used "Real Red" for the image because my printer usually prints bright colors darker.)

Don't be afraid of these little bags and iron-on transfers.  Just follow the directions that come with your iron-on transfer paper.  Easy!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  I've got Hershey kisses in my bag. :)

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1 comment:

  1. So cute!! Thanks for sharing the instructions- may have to try this technique :-)