Saturday, 12 May 2012

Repurposed Bag

This morning I dug out my Mothers' Day present to my Mum from the bottom of my wardrobe and went to put it into the pretty carry bag I had bought especially for it. Disaster! The present didn't fit into the bag. What to do?

I have a cupboard in my craft studio which my family knows about, and delves into quite regularly, when they need to wrap a present. It's where I store second-hand boutique carry bags, spare wrapping paper and ribbon. I don't think my kids have had to buy wrapping paper or ribbon for years! I went into that cupboard this morning and found a black Thalgo bag which was just the right size for the present. But I didn't really want the Thalgo logo to show, so I quickly set about repurposing the bag.

I had made a sleeve for my Mothers' Day card from the yummy Graphic 45's Kraft Reflections 'Bed of Roses', so I found another sheet of this and cut two rectangles to cover the Thalgo logo on each side of the bag. To tie in the card and further embellish the bag I decided to make two flowers using up leftover bits of the polka dot paper I had used on the card, and bits of leftover 'Bed of Roses' paper.

I had planned to cut the petal layers for the flowers using a wonderful free download file from Birds Cards, but I am having a problem with my Pazzles Inspiration machine today. I think it's got to do with the mat, but because I was in such a hurry to get this done I resorted to my favourite Sizzix Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die and my Cuttlebug. I joined the layers altogether with a pearl-headed brad and voila! a beautiful bag in under an hour.

I am very happy with this bag - and will certainly be doing more repurposing of bags in the future - it's very satisfying!

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