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Decorating Gift Bags

Welcome back to the May Arts Blog!   Anyone who knows me well knows I love to dress up my gift bags.  I wanted an elegant yet light hearted gift bag for a young couple’s anniversary gift check and card.

Decorating Gift Bags

I started with a 5×7 inch paper bag as my base then the fun began!  I put Dreamweaver’s gorgeous Damask A2 card size stencil to work with some fabulous May Arts Ribbons and I’m so happy with the results!

I took a piece of white cardstock 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches, taped the Damask Stencil over it along the edges then grabbed my ink pads and began stippling ink onto the cardstock.

I found some solid cardstock scraps that matched my ink colors, taped them together then put my sewing machine into action.

May Arts 3/8” Cotton Eyelet was taped to the front of the card then I simply straight stitched along the edges to add more texture and make sure the ends of the ribbon stayed down.

Decorating Gift Bags

Then the fun began!  I pulled out all the beautiful May Arts Ribbons in my stash and began embellishing.  I made a 4 loop bow with May Arts Sheer Ribbon and tied the center with burlap so there wouldn’t be a bulky knot.  A pretty May Arts Frayed Flower, Leaves Ribbon and our new beads finished it beautifully.

Decorating Gift Bags

I used hot glue and extra strength glue dots to ensure the ribbons and beads stay put.  Don’t you just the sparkle in the sheer ribbon and those awesome beads?

I might have a hard time parting with this one.  It even got a thumbs up from hubby!  Thanks for the inspiration Dreamweaver!

Thanks for visiting us on the May Arts Blog!  We hope we’ve inspired to create…beautifully!

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs

May Arts Ribbons Used:

May Arts Ribbon Frayed Flowers

May Arts Ribbn Leaves

May Arts Ribbon String Beads

May Arts Ribbon Cotton Eyelet

May Arts Sheer Ribbon

Partners in Craft Supplies Used:

Other Supplies Used:

  • 5” x7” Gift Bag
  • Ink pads
  • Scrap Cardstock to Match
  • Sewing machine
  • Paper rose clothespin (Michael’s)
  • Double sided tape/Scotch Tape
  1. Toni Storie

    This is beautiful Charlene!

  2. Pam Hornschu

    This is gorgeous! Love what you've created with the May Arts ribbons and the Dreamweaver Damask stencil!

  3. Karen G (Cardcrazed)

    What a gorgeous bag! I love the details on the flower, and the eyelet ribbon to separate the colours on the inked cardstock is stunning 🙂

  4. Tammy Whitley

    The bag is beautiful, the ribbon is lovely!  I would love to get a gift in this bag, but to me, the bag would be the gift.  Beautiful!


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