Easy ways to customize fabric bags using stamps, ribbon and twine

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Creative Bag diy ideas using our fabric bags

Cotton and linen drawstring bags are wonderful packaging options if you are looking for something  that is unique and can be customized. Use our fabric bags to package unique products like jewellery, stationery & wine. Planning a wedding, party or special event? These drawstring bags are a great favor packaging option

Creative Bag diy ideas using our fabric bags

Want to personalize our fabric yourself? Here's an idea, use premade or custom stamps with permanent ink and replace the drawstrings with twine or ribbon! Here’s how I did it … 

Creative Bag diy ideas using our fabric bags
General Directions for Using Clear Stamps and Permanent Ink on Fabric Bags :

Note: I recommend that you test stamping on a fabric scrap first before printing on bags.

Step 1.  Iron cotton or linen bags to remove all wrinkles if necessary. 

Step 2.  You can use any kind of stamps on fabric bags. I prefer to use clear stamps because they are easy to use and allow you to see exactly where you are stamping. Clear stamps need to be attached to a smooth surface prior to stamping. Use an acrylic block that is larger than your stamp. You can combine stamps on larger acrylic blocks if desired.

Step 3. Tap your stamp lightly and repeatedly on the ink pad to pick up the ink. Look at your
stamp and make sure that it is well-inked.

Step 4.  Once the stamp is inked you are ready to stamp. Carefully position the stamp where
you want it to appear over the fabric and press the stamp very firmly and evenly onto your fabric.

Remove stamp and admire your work!    

Tip: You need to re-ink every time you stamp.

We have a selection of holiday stamps and inks in our stores for a limited time. 

Changing the drawstring on your fabric bag is easy to do and a great way to add some colour and visual interest to your packaging!
Creative Bag diy ideas using our fabric bags
How to Change the Drawstrings on Fabric Bags :

Step 1.  Remove both drawstrings on the bag by untying the knots and pulling the strings
through the openings. Pay attention as you remove the strings as to how they were attached.

Step 2.  You can replace the drawstrings with twine, baker’s twine or ribbon in the colour of
your choice. Use the original drawstrings to determine how much twine/ribbon you will need, keeping in mind that you can make the drawstrings longer if you want a large bow. Cut two pieces of twine for each bag.

Creative Bag diy ideas using our fabric bags

Step 3. Using a yarn needle, weave the first piece of twine through the bag drawstring holes.
Tie the two ends of the twine together with a single knot.

Step 4.  Repeat step 3 using the second piece of twine but this time weave the twine so that the
two ends of the twine end up on the opposite side of the bag to the first drawstring. Knot the
ends of the second drawstring to finish.

Creative Bag diy ideas using our fabric bags
I used a small snowflake print to create a repeat pattern on one of my canvas bags. It's a great idea for a holiday gift bags if you are making a handful of these for personal use.

Not interested in diy and need lots of custom fabric bags for your small business? We can help you to design and create a custom fabric bag just for you! Check out our Custom Design Services here.

Ho Ho Holidays! Our first 2013 Christmas collection is arriving in stores now.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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It's beginning to feel like Christmas ... in our stores! Our holiday packaging products have started to arrive in our stores this week and our staff have been busy filling the shelves with lots of new items daily.

Our first holiday 2013 collection is called "Chexmas". This collection is fun and modern with a bold red & white colour focus that will have you thinking about candy canes and sweet holiday treats. I'm especially fond of the striped ribbon details on the window boxes and Euro bags.

I have so many packaging, decorating and entertaining projects on the go using our new holiday products and I can't wait to share them all with you on the blog.
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I hope that you will follow me on the blog so that we can  "Wrap up the Holidays" together!

By the way, I have not talked much about Halloween on the blog but we do have lots of Halloween products in the stores and online right now ... 
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Whether you are looking for something scary or cute for the fall season we've got what you need to make your Halloween packaging and entertaining spooktacular.  

Wedding Saviour's Toronto and GTA 2013 Wedding Contest Winners at Creative Bag
Keith (Groom), Sarah (Bride), Eddie (Wedding Planner/Team Leader), Kerri (Creative Bag), Lorrie (Creative Bag)
Creative Bag is very proud to be a part of the Wedding Saviour's Toronto and GTA 2013 Wedding Team. This week the happy bride and groom, Sarah and Keith, made a visit to our Toronto Store to select their packaging and wedding supplies. One of our Team Leaders and Wedding Planners, Eddie Sullivan, was on hand to help the lucky couple with their selection.

Wedding Saviours is a group of wedding professionals and business partners who have come together to provide a Free Wedding Day for couples in need of assistance.You can find out more about Wedding Saviours on their website. I have talked about our contest winners, Sarah and Keith, in an earlier post and you can read more about them here

I was in the Toronto store yesterday and could not control myself. I had to pick up a number of items that were on clearance because the selection and prices were so good. One of our customers told me that she has been coming in almost daily for the last two weeks because we keep adding new items and she doesn't want to miss out on the great bargains. 

The staff have been busy moving products around and getting the shelves ready for all of our great new holiday products. So that means further reductions have been taken on many of our discontinued products.

All shopping is in store only so you'll have to visit one (or all!!) of our stores to check out the selection. 

Planning a 2014 wedding? Now is the time to shop and stock up. 

We are clearing out many of our 2013 bridal products. Lots of our beautiful May Arts ribbons have been further reduced. If you do buy any of the sale ribbons I suggest getting a couple of extra rolls because I guarantee that you will not be able to get more later!! Most ribbons are 50% off or less so at those prices you can afford to have a couple of extras just in case! 

Put up your hand if you love our Rosanna cake stands and serving items? I do! We are only going forward with the white cake stands and serving dishes and so the spring pastel colours have just been discontinued. If you were thinking about buying any of the pastel colours now is the time to grab one of these beautiful pieces because when we are sold out they will be gone forever!