Customize Your Gift Bags and how to make a bow tutorial.

burlapbag3aToday we create fun ways to customize your gift bags. For this project we will use our 6.25 x 10 inch burlap gift bag and a piece of our beautiful pineapple ribbon. burlapbag11aI have cut two pieces of ribbon, one approx. 16 inches long and the other about 3 inches long.

Take the longer piece of ribbon and hand form a bow as shown above. Tack a stitch to hold in place. (you could use hot glue instead)

Next, fold the smaller piece of ribbon on to itself lengthwise as shown. This will become the tie to hold the center of the bow. Stitch in place across the center of bow as shown.burlapbag6aWrap the tie around and securely stitch in place. This is where stitching will hold better than hot glue.

To create finished ribbon ends, simply fold the ribbon ends in half lengthwise and cut on a diagonal towards center. Repeat for other ribbon end. Now, attach bow to your gift bag. You can use a safety pin, hot glue or stitch in place for a more secure hold.burlapbag3aWe also stock wonderful artificial flowers at Twine and Trimmings. These would be cute to dress up your gift bags too. See below, where we used one of our burlap flowers and one of our satin flowers on the bags.


Felt Flower with Silk Leaves Tutorial

feltflower12Here is a fun and easy flower making tutorial. Today, we are making a felt flower with silk leaves. These flowers can be used for corsages, headbands, wreaths, wedding decor, gift wrapping etc… So follow along and make one with us.

Supplies needed: Soft felt, silk leaves, scissors, needle and thread. You can purchase these lavender colored silk leaves which are embellished with pearls and rhinestones at Twine and Trimmings on Etsy

Cut a piece of felt to about 9 inches by 3 inches. feltflower10 Fold felt in half lengthwise and cut the folded edge as shown. The deeper you cut, the longer the petals will be. Just be sure to leave enough of the bottom edge for rolling and sewing the flower together. feltflower9

Roll the folded felt piece up tightly, if needed you can put a stitch in it to hold it in place as you roll.feltflower7 Once the flower is all rolled up, sew in place with several stitches. feltflower5feltflower6Next, take 2 silk leave stems, fold up the stems and trim any extra length (wire snips make this easier than scissors). feltflower4feltflower3Secure stem in place with a few stitches, I used about 10. You could also use hot glue but I prefer stitching. Flip over and admire your beautiful flower arrangement! Great for headbands, wreaths, floral arrangements, corsages and gift wrap. feltflower1


Fun with Glass Cabochons

Today, we showcase a project featuring colorful glass cabochons. Find them at our Etsy shop, Twine and Trimmings.

We used clear silicone to adhere the glass cabochons to a square bisque fired ceramic tile. Hang on your wall with some fun,rustic twine.

Twine and Trimmings

Twine and Trimmings has arrived on Etsy. Come and shop for unique and finely made craft supplies. Celebrating our arrival, we are also delighted to announce our new blog, A Blog in Twine. Here we will explore how to create with twine and trimmings. First up, a delightful aromatic sachet. See how we combined a fun heart patterned fabric with some lace ribbon and trim.hearts sachet1laceribboncrown1 Here is just one of our lace ribbons that we have available on Twine and Trimmings.