Whether you’re looking to wrap gifts or create a custom travel bag, you are going to love how easy it is to sew your own drawstring bag! You’ll also love how much fun it is to design your own custom fabric using DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint.
Unlike regular acrylic craft paints, DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paints are designed to remain soft, flexible and durable once used on fabric.
- A medium-weight canvas fabric works great for painting your own designs
- You can use dry brushing or paint rollers to create a variety of textures.
- Create your own stamps to create custom patterns
As you can see in the Facebook Live video below, it’s very easy to make your own stamps as long as you have the right supplies! Unlike traditional paper stamping, fabric stamping requires a few essential tools that you can use again and again in creative ways.
Supplies for fabric stamping:
- Pink Rubber Stamping Block Blanks – these are super soft and easy to carve
- Lino Cutters – this pack has several sizes for carving different details on your stamp
- A brayer for applying paint to your custom stamp. You can also use foam paint rollers for this.
- DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint – it’s now available in larger bottles which means more painting! YAY!
Once you have your created your DIY fabrics, you’ll want to transform them into something beautiful. A handmade drawstring bag is the perfect option for reusable gift wrap. For instance, you can use it to gift treats or jewelry and the recipient can keep it as a keepsake for years to come!
Use stamps and DecoArt Fabric Paint to stamp your design onto a piece of fabric measuring 7″ x 20″. After that, you’ll want to allow it to dry completely.
Fold in 1/4″ on the long edges as shown and iron into place. Therefore, ensuring the the sides of the bag don’t have any exposed raw edges. Then use a hot iron to heat set the fabric paint.
Fold and press the top and bottom edges as shown. After that, stitch into place along black lines shown.
Fold in half with right sides facing and create the side seams by sewing up the edges along black dotted lines shown in the image above. Stop sewing and backstitch when you reach the top folds.
Turn the bag right side out. Then use a safety pin and ribbon to create the drawstring pull. Your fabric gift bag is now complete! This simple project is great for beginner sewers. In other words, you have NO excuse to not try this!
To amp up the sustainability of your gift giving, why not add on a reusable gift tag?! By laminating a paper gift tag, you can create a durable gift tag that can be used year after year. Simple write the name using a wet erase marker. Then you can change the name when you need to.