Sunday, 15 April 2012

Origami bag

I found the tutorial for this little bag here.  I have to say it took me a little figuring out.  And naturally I didn't stick exactly to the instructions ... or to the fabric types ... or to the sizes .... or to measuring everything....
However, the end results were quite pleasing, especially as I am intending these to be a very low price item on my stall. 

I'm hoping to offer them as a green alternative to wrapping paper.  These were made from more of the curtain samples teamed up with some dyed sheeting I have.  However, my brain is now ticking over.  I'm wondering if it would be possible to stamp print directly onto the fabric.  I have a whole lot of stamps, from the days when I made cards regularly.  I'm wondering if I could dig out my "Happy Birthday" stamps and use these to print onto cotton sheeting, then make the bags from this.  Anyone tried it?  An alternative would be to print the "Happy Birthday" greetings onto the iron on transfer fabric I have just bought ... but that would work out quite pricey, I think, and I am looking for a cheap solution.  The fabric would not need to be washable if it were to be used for gift bags.  Any comments welcome - if nobody has any expertise or suggestions I might just have to give it a go!! I'll let you know how it transpires if I ever do get round to it!

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  1. Fabulous alternative to wrapping paper!!!

  2. Yes I have stamped on fabric many times. Best to use a stamp pad with ink for fabric if it will be washed. You should heat set the fabric after you have stamped with a hot iron. I stamped on the back of my fabric postcards with my "postcard" stamp. It stamps great. Best to iron freezer paper on the back of your fabric first before stamping to keep the fabric from shifting, then it's nearly as easy as stamping on paper that way. Freezer paper will peel off and can be used again and again several times.

  3. Such cute little bags. You can also print direct onto fabric using a computer printer - stiffer fabric feeds through best - or you could print lots of little labels - Happy Birthday or other onto fabric with double sided fusible webbing on - then cut and iron the labels onto the fabric you're using!

    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured your monster phone cases on my round tuit post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  4. I've stamped onto fabric - just make sure you use permanent ink or it runs and makes a mess - ask me how I know, LOLLLLL!!! Another fabric design I'd like to try is bleach discharge - you can get some really cool designs that way, and it works great, I hear, on DENIM!

    Your bags are sweet, and way better than disposable paper bags :)

    Oh - as far as the iron on transfer fabric stuff - I've seen online tutorials on how to make that stuff at home --- try a google search - IIRC I think it can be done with regular (and inexpensive!) household ingredients!

  5. Thanks for all the tips. Not sure I can print onto fabric on my printer - it's a laser printer and quite temperamental anyway! But I will look out for the stamp pads - think I may have found some online, but we have two good craft shops in town so I will try them before I order.

  6. They look really interesting! thank so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, I always love little bags!