polka dot gift bags

polka dot gift bags

i always bring fun little gifts to hand out with my gift cards when i go to a conference.  for the last 3 years at blissdom, i’ve attached posy pins to my gift cards.  this year, i decided to change things up a bit!

i saw these gift bags and decided i wanted to do something similar.

polka dot gift bags

 i used a couple of different pinky coral craft paints and some “spouncers” from walmart.

polka dot gift bags

 i ordered a couple sets of these muslin drawstring bags from here.  i love the thicker string than the typical bags i’ve found, and they were pretty reasonable – about 29 cents a piece.

polka dot gift bags

 i put some cardstock un the pouch to protect the paint from seeping through to the other side.

polka dot gift bags

i squirted some of each paint color on an old pie tin.  no need to mix them together.  i was ok if the colors varied a bit.

polka dot gift bags

 ok, here’s an example of too much paint on the sponge.

polka dot gift bags

so go back to the tin and bounce it until…

polka dot gift bags

 it looks like this.  the sponge actually holds quite a bit of paint.

polka dot gift bags

 i just eyeballed the center of the bag

polka dot gift bags

 this is what it looks like if you only press the sponge on, but…

polka dot gift bags

 you need to press the sponge and then twist until the entire circle is solid.  unless you want a more artsy look and not be solid…

polka dot gift bags

 here’s a solid dot.  its still wet and bubbly.

polka dot gift bags

 each of my bags were a little bit different, which made them really fun to make.

polka dot gift bags

 which is a good thing when you make about 45 bags.

polka dot gift bags

 some of my dots overlapped the edges and i liked the look.

polka dot gift bags

because these gifts were also promotional and for marketing purposes, i needed to make sure i had them well marked.  i printed out my business name on cardstock then cut it into little flags.

polka dot gift bags

 i lined up the paper flags (not on the pull tie) and stitched the paper on with a contrasting stitch.

polka dot gift bags

 i trimmed the threads, then admired my work!

polka dot gift bags

 then it was time to fill the bags!  i stuffed in a folded post card with a discount code.

polka dot gift bags

 and most all of the bags got a travel tissue case with my business card tucked in the fold.

polka dot gift bags

 

polka dot gift bags

 just trying to get my name across.  do you think it was clear? ;)

polka dot gift bags

 a handful of these bags had some fun strands of mini bunting!

polka dot gift bags

 so pretty, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

monday shop update

new products

soooo many new products this week!

clockwise, starting from the top left:

posy pins

tiny pouch

posy pins

posy pins

messenger bag

tiny pouch

reusable bag

posy pin

wet bag

reusable bag

posy pins

zippered pouch

and soooo many more!  check them all out here!