Saturday, August 22, 2015

Get Your Swag Bag On~

Swag Bags are all the rage right now, and one of the private Facebook groups that I hang out with is doing a Get Your Swag Bag On Swap that I am taking part in. I am going to show you my bag and how I put it together by upcycling the paper bags that Melinda Kelly puts in our Scraps Of Elegance monthly kits. I love upcycling products into my projects and this is a so easy way to keep some of that waste out of the landfills. 

Step One:

Take one of your bags that you get your SOE kit supplies in. (or any paper bag will do)

Step Two:

Take the bottom of your bag and fold it up to the top. I folded mine so that you had about a one inch drop from the top opening. 

 I folded mine so that it overlapped below the top opening. 

Step Three:

Sew either by hand or by machine, up the two sides of your bag to form the pockets. If you don't want to sew, you can always just glue to the insides of each side to adhere. 

Here is what the finished product will look like.

And here you can see the pockets it creates.

Once you have your base created then you can get to embellishing and layering!! 
Here is the Swag Bag that I created out of it:

I created a sewn layer of matching paper for both the front and backside which helped to make the paper bag sturdy and stuffable!! I did my Swag Bag in a tea theme using a Vintage Photo of a ladies tea party. 

I hand stamped a Doily and added my photo, then added some Sweet Daisy Lace across the bottom. I then took a fussy cut tea cup and added a Reneabouquets Silver Spoon , some flowers from the Floral Add On and kit, and then hand stamped and fussy cut out leaves. 

I created a little clip on booklet, by sewing a hand stamped tea bag on to a pink card stock booklet that I put together, I then added a sweet little teapot charm to the tea bag string.

Here you can see all the little treasures that I tucked into this Swag Bag for my swap partner. It includes a Julie Nutting Madison Wooden Doll, a package of Prima New Hearts Resins, two large tags that I created from chipboard and then covered with kit paper. I then wrapped one with some 

Here is a close up of the little handcrafted tea bag booklet.

I created a little velcro pouch out of kit paper, 

and tucked in some Reneabouquets Silver Spoons inside.

I absolutely loved creating this piece, and I hope my swap partner loves it!! She is having brain surgery and hopefully when she returns and finds this waiting on her, it will help to brighten her day!!! I hope you get a chance to try out creating the base from the steps I provided and then you too can Get Your Swag Bag On!!! Hugs ~Renea


Caty said...

Fantastic your swag bag Renea !!! I love all details, flowers, dragonflies, tag, laces, photograph.. all !! Really gorgeous !, big hugs.

Anonymous said...

Your recipient of this swag bag is one lucky lady. What a sweet sentiment you've made. I love the theme and all of the detailed pretty little surprises scattered throughout. It's a pleasure to see how you've put it all together. You're quite a talented crafter! Thanks so much for sharing your magnificent creations.