Hello!  With all of the baby stamps and dies that were released last month, I had a serious case of baby fever!  While having a baby is fun, it’s also lot of work, so I settled for living vicariously through some friends who are expecting babies instead, and happily created some adorable gift bags for their impending arrivals.  I hope you’ll join me in this June edition of my Packaging Ambassador blog post!

Did you know that Papertrey Ink carries these cute muslin bags in their store?  I’ve used them for packaging for years so I was really excited when PTI got them in stock.  They come in 3 sizes: 5″x 7″, 4″ x 6″, and 3″ x 4″.  I’m using the 2 larger sizes for projects today, and I’m pairing them with my Pitter Patterns Tag dies and stamps, and PTI ribbon.

I love these bags for their blank canvas.  You can paint, stamp, or even sew on them and they’re pretty sturdy, yet very affordable.  The large and medium bags are only $2.00 for 4; the small bags are only $1.00 for 4.  Trust me, those are awesome deals!  They are also one of my favorite receptacles for packaging card sets.  You can see an example of this in this past Ambassador post.

Today, I’ve taken several PTI ribbons and adhered them to the bags.  It’s such a simple technique, but it has endless possibilities and it’s a great way to work in some vibrant color to the bags.

I chose my colors first, and since I was working on baby packaging, I chose pinks, yellows, and blues–though use whatever colors YOU love working with for babies, of course!

On the first bag, which is for a baby girl and is the 5×7 size, I laid out 3 strips of ribbon: Melon Berry Grosgrain, Sweet Blush Grosgrain, and Lemon Tart Swiss Dot.  Using my go-to adhesive, Fabri-Tac, I ran glue lines across the bag and then fit my ribbons in place, trimming at the edges.  Along the bottom edge of the Melon Berry, I added a strip of white pom-pom trim, which is from my own stash.  You can omit this part or you can add more colored ribbons…do whatever you love!

Next, I cut out some of the Pitter Pattern tags with the bows on them from Lemon Tart and Bright Buttercup cardstocks.  I trimmed 2 large tags from the Essential Tags 1 collection from Bright Buttercup and white stock, then matted the plain tags to the patterned ones.  I wanted the top tag to POP which is why I chose to pair BB with white.  The bottom layer of tags is more of an accent layer.  I stamped the ‘welcome’ block in Pink Peony ink, then hand-cut it out.  3-D foam dot stickers give it a boost.

I slipped all the tags through one of the bag strings, put a bit of pale pink tulle in there, and added 3 yarn pom-poms to accent them.  I made these myself with yarns I had on hand and a clever tool from Clover which makes creating them fast and easy.

This bag is ready for a baby gift!

Moving onto boys next, I used another 5×7 bag with Ocean Tides Satin, Fresh Snow Grosgrain, and Aqua Mist Twill ribbons.  I created a different pattern for this bag.  Just as you might choose a patterned background stamp or range of stamps to create a patterned background on a card, you can use ribbon in multiple patterns, as well.

Again, I adhered the trims to the bag with Fabri-Tac. Since it doesn’t dry instantly, it gives you a moment of play time to straighten your lines (but only a moment)!  Also, make sure to put a piece of wax paper or something similar inside the bag to assure the front and back panels don’t get stuck together.

My patterned pluses tags are cut from white and Tropical Teal stocks, while the essential tag is cut from Bright Buttercup.  I like the unexpected pop of bright yellow with the white and shades of blue.  On all of the Pitter Patterns tags, there are small nooks where you can add stamped messages, so I chose ‘for baby’ in TT ink.  I finished off the look with more pom-poms.  The soft, textural toppers make me think of baby booties or tiny infant hats!

For the last bag, I used the 4×6 size and did something a little different with the ribbons.  I created some ruffles here instead of a simple flat line.  It’s a lot easier to do than you might think.  Again, I started with a horizontal line of Fabri-Tac, then I pinched the ribbon into place.  I started with the bottom piece, Lemon Tart Swiss Dot, and just kind of folded it as I went.  It’s very similar to the ruffle technique I did on these card boxes using double-stick tape and crepe paper.  The ribbon is heavier, though, so you have to go back every couple of folds and pinch the kinks again, but the glue takes hold fairly quickly so the whole process should only take a couple of minutes.  You can use hot glue if you’re more comfortable with it.

I repeated the steps with satin ribbon in Sweet Blush.  I gave it about 15 minutes to dry and then trimmed off the excess at the edges.  This ruffle is so adorable for babies, don’t you think?

For my tags, I used the cut-out hearts pattern tag this time, cut from white and Bright Buttercup.  The solid essential tag is Lemon Tart.  With BB ink, I stamped ‘sweet’ ‘baby’ (those 2 words fit perfectly in the gaps created by the heart patterns!), then stamped ‘xoxo’ twice in Sweet Blush ink.  I added my handmade pom-poms and clipped the tags on with a pink glittery clothespin.

These were so much fun to make and they actually came out looking better than what I envisioned in my head, which was a little more plain than the end result.  All the pretty ribbons and the scrumptious colored tags…I hope these are something you might try creating yourself.  You don’t have to save them just for the babies, either–with the right PTI colored ribbons, these bags would be fit for anyone on your gift list!

I’ll see you here again in a month’s time, my packaging kindred spirits!

Stamps: Pitter Patterns

Ink: Bright Buttercup, Tropical Teal, Sweet Blush, Pale Peony

Paper: Stamper’s Select White, Bright Buttercup, Tropical Teal, Lemon Tart

Dies: Pitter Patterns Tag Die Collection, Essential Tags 1

Ribbon: Melon Berry Grosgrain, Sweet Blush Grosgrain, Fresh Snow Grosgrain, Aqua Mist Twill, Sweet Blush Satin, Ocean Tides Satin, Lemon Tart Swiss Dot

Other:  Muslin Bags (5×7, 4×6), Yarn, Pompom trim, Clover Pompom Maker, pink tulle

Rebecca Luminarias

Author Rebecca Luminarias

I love daydreaming and music and my little family of 4. I walk a little left of the middle and I'm quite happy to stay over there. You're welcome to visit.

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Join the discussion 17 Comments

  • 1
    Alison says:

    Just so amazing ! Clever tricks that really dress up a cloth bag. Definitely going to have to try this !!!

  • 2
    Kari D says:

    Just love the look of these bags, Rebecca! So fun! Yes, I can see creating them for more than just babies!

  • 3
    jan metcalf says:

    Super cute Rebecca! Love to make giftie bags so this is a great idea for me. And I need to tell you “Kindness Blooms” is one of my all time favorites from PTI! Nice crisp impressions and words for so many occasions!

  • 4
    S. Molinari says:

    I just bought some of those bags and was wondering what to do with them. Lol Thanks for the inspiration! The pom poms are adorable!

  • 5
    Donna K says:

    Every month you have such adorable projects. I love the use of the canvas bags and your colors are right on my list of favorite colors. You do a wonderful job. Thanks for all the great tips and ideas.

  • 6
    Joanne B says:

    Gorgeous. Do you happen to know of a tutorial to make your own pom poms?

    • 6.1
      Joanne H says:

      Hi
      You can go on You tube search clover pom pom maker or DIY pom poms.
      That’s what I did and the clover pom pom maker makes it so easy. Good luck time to make pom poms.
      Joanne H

  • 7
    Victoria H says:

    Gorgeous packaging- love the ribbon on the bags.

  • 8
    Michele F says:

    Swooning once again, Rebecca!! Just adore the poms… and the baby-pom trim! Who am I kidding? LOve it ALL!
    =]

  • 9
    P cobb says:

    These are so adorable. Love the ribbon idea and those tags!! Hopefully will be back in stock soon!!!

  • 10
    Lilibeth says:

    I always look forward to your projects…love your style in packaging!!!!😊

  • 11
    Carla Hundley says:

    Oh these are darling!
    Love the ribbons on
    them and the pom poms.
    Carla from Utah

  • 12
    Bonnie T. says:

    These sweet little baby themed bags are simply adorable! I love that while the colors are soft and appropriate for baby gifts, they are also vibrant and cheery. The coordinating ribbons and pompoms add a special touch. Beautiful projects!

  • 13
    christal mclean says:

    Rebecca, Just love your creative and cheery packaging! I love the step by step and the simplicity of allowing even the most unseasoned of us crafters to have a gorgeous gift to present. Thank you!

  • 14
    merryf says:

    oh my goodness these are adorable! I’ve never worked with Fabrictac and with your tutorial it sure doesn’t seem difficult. I love those ruffles!

  • 15
    Carol B says:

    Look forward to your posts!! Thank you for sharing all these wonder tips and techniques.

  • 16
    Marcia Hill says:

    LOVE everything about each of these tags Rebecca, from the beautiful ribbons, the tags, and the sweet, sweet pom poms! I will definitely be adding these muslin bags to my next order! Thanks so much for all the FABULOUS inspiration!! :0)

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