Monday, February 11, 2013

Fanciful Finials - Day 2

Hello, Friends, and welcome to Day 2 of the Papertrey Ink February Countdown! I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed yesterday's project using Fanciful Finials. I thought today I might switch things up a little bit and make a gifty item rather than another card. I also wanted to show you that the finials help create beautiful borders when paired with the Background Basics: Wrought Iron set. These finials are for so much more than just fences!


I'm calling today's project "No Sew Sachets." That's not 100% accurate because I did end up doing some hand sewing on mine, but that's completely optional. You can absolutely do this project without needles, thread, or a machine. If you want to add felt or fabric appliques you could easily use hot glue, fabric glue, or iron-on adhesive. The key is the small linen and canvas bags that you'll find starting February 15th in the new Boutique Bargains section of the Papertrey Ink website. These bags make creating fragrant little gifts a total snap!


I started by stamping my wrought iron strips and then added the finials (I used a piece of chipboard inside the bags while I stamped to make sure I had a nice, solid surface). On this bag (the canvas) I stamped the wrought iron strip with the solid lined sides toward the center and left the open sides toward the outside. That left a linear border through the center and it gave the top and bottom edges a much curvier appearance. I used the sort of arrow shaped finial in both stem lengths on this sachet.

The next step was hand sewing a Scarlet Jewel felt heart and Vintage Cream button to the bag using embroidery floss. I used small strips of 1/8" Scor Tape to keep the heart in place while I was stitching. I'm not going to lie - sewing from inside of a small bag is not easy, but I love the way these turned out!


On this bag (the linen) I stamped the wrought iron strips with the curvy edge toward the center which gives the pattern a much more linear, band-like appearance. I then finished the straight edge with the fleur de lis inspired finial. I used all one length (short stems) on this sachet.

The next step was hand sewing a white felt heart and Berry Sorbet button to the bag using embroidery floss. Unfortunately, Papertrey has not released Fresh Snow felt, so I used some Eco-felt I had on hand. I've learned that if you're using dies to cut through Eco-felt you'll have much more success if you use a small piece of cardstock between the felt and your cutting plate (so your sandwich in a Cuttlebug would be [from the bottom to top] A plate, B plate, cardstock, felt, die, C plate). The cardstock gives the die something to really sink its teeth into and the result is a much cleaner cut.

I filled both sachets with scent crystals that I picked up at my local craft store. You could also use dried flowers or potpourri.

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my project. Make sure to visit NicholeBetsyDawnHeatherMaileErin, Ashley, Cristina, and Melissa for more inspiration. Take care and I'll see you tomorrow!

Recipe:
Stamps: Fanciful Finials (available February 15th), Background Basics: Wrought Iron
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate (note: I used the original formulas of these inks because I know they are permanent when heat set; that may not have been necessary since they will probably never be wet, but I did so as a precaution) - Papertrey Ink
Other: Small Canvas Bag (available February 15th), Small Linen Bag (available February 15th), Scarlet Jewel Felt, Vintage Cream Button, Berry Sorbet Button, Framed Out #11 Die - Papertrey Ink; Pink and Light Green Embroidery Floss - DMC; White Felt - Eco-felt; Scor Tape 

13 comments:

June K said...

Just so adorable, Lizzie.

Nancy said...

I love, love, love these little bags and your stamping adds so much, perfect little bags for gift giving.

Leigh said...

Oh, these are so sweet, Lizzie!

Mary Lou Kemp said...

Sweet little bags. They will make great treat bags for my grandchildren.

artful-notions said...

Always love that Background Basics set, and enjoy new ways to use it.
Perfect on the rustic bags.

Cindy H. said...

Adorable bags! I like your tip of turning the wrought iron set around before adding the finials to get another look.

resmith said...

These are so cute. I love hoe you used the stamp to make wider band.

katrynka said...

Great idea! Love the demo of using the fencing two ways.

Kathy Mc said...

Adorable little bags, Lizzie! Think I'd just do the sewing around the heart and then glue it to the bag rather than sew through the inside. You must have more patience than I do for those kinds of things. Perfect results!

conil said...

Aren't these adorable. Like the way you used the finial set.

Jill Norwood said...

These are wonderful bags Lizzie! Love the felt hearts with the textured bag! And the stamping makes them so beautiful!
:) Jill

jintyoo7 said...

Gorgeousness :)

Randi said...

Cool!