It's another fun Papertrey Ink Anniversary day. Today Nichole is announcing a brand new section of the store - Boutique Bargains! This section of the store will contain a fun assortment of goodies and will change frequently with all sorts of fun things Nichole finds to stock it with.
The first batch of products includes a nice selection of cloth bags in various styles and sizes. Nichole challenged us to embellish one of the bags to feature on her blog today. I chose to play around with this small muslin draw-string bag. It's the perfect way to wrap up a small gift...and the Papertrey stamps and dies make it easy to coordinate the bag with a matching tag and even a card.
Now, I could have stamped directly onto the bag, but that makes me a little nervous. I just know I'd mess it up! So here's my little secret for getting beautiful, crisp, clear images on fabric -- iron-on transfer paper like this HP paper. I diecut the large flower cluster from Fancy Folkart out of transfer paper, then stamped my images just like usual. I then used my iron to transfer the design to my bag. Super simple! A cute little coordinating tag finishes it off. It's one of those wraps that you really could whip up at the last minute...which is what I always seem to be doing. :-)
Edited to add: I've had quite a few questions about this process, so let me see if I can clarify just a bit. Everything was stamped onto the transfer paper BEFORE ironing it onto the fabric...just as if it was normal cardstock or paper. All of the color on the flowers was added by stamping the bits and pieces from the Fancy Folk Art set, using my regular Papertrey inks. I didn't do anything after I ironed the image onto the bag -- no coloring, etc. That being said, you CAN color on the transfer paper with Copics before ironing it onto the fabric - I've used that method as well and it works too! I'll definitely try to incorporate this into a future Make-it-Monday...sounds fun to me! :-)
Just one more note about the transfer paper - keep in mind that your image is reversed after ironing it on to your project, so it won't work for sentiments, but it's great for images!
Be sure to check out Nichole's blog for the rest of the details on the Boutique Bargains announcement. There's also a new contest up again today, so head on over, check out the details and play along! The weekend is officially here!