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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

{ballet bags & baby gifts}

As you can imagine, as soon as I got the Silhouette in the mail, my mind was racing through all the projects I wanted to try. I even made a spreadsheet, so I could keep track of them all! :)

With the machine, they sent me a few rolls of heat transfer paper to try, including a really fun yellow. I thought it would be perfect for some burp cloths I wanted to cute-sy up for baby gifts. I also really wanted to make my girls bags specifically for their ballet clothes--so we could just hang it up and be ready to go. With all my supplies in hand, I got to work!

Ballet Bags

  • canvas bag, or other fabric bag
  • fabric, in two coordinating colors
  • Silhouette & heat transfer paper
  • fabric, and heat 'n bond, and iron on transfer

First of all I want to say that you don't have to have a Silhouette to make these bags. I would just look for an iron-on transfer of whatever you're looking for. I've seen them at JoAnn Fabrics, and other sewing/hobby stores. You would use fabric and heat 'n bond to create the name, following the package directions. The rest of it--the ruffle--is the same.

1. I found the ballet stick figure in the online Silhouette store, and the font I used for the names is Impervious. I cut it out, and ironed it on the bag.

2. Since the bag was already made, I couldn't sew a ruffle directly onto it (at least that I knew how to do!). So, I took a piece of the black & white gingham fabric, and measured it to fit my bag. I then cut out about a 1 1/2 inch wide piece of the pink, the entire length of the fabric--about 36 inches.

3. I sewed the pink on to the gingham to make a ruffle, like I did HERE. I used one entire strip, and had to use a little of another one.

4. To attach the whole thing to the bag, I used wonder under, even though I wish I would have used heat 'n bond. They do the same thing--wonder under you buy by the yard at the cutting desk, and heat 'n bond you buy in packages or rolls. I find heat 'n bond easier to use, but I think it's a personal preference.

I LOVE them. They will be perfect for ballet shoes, leos, tutus, skirts, and maybe even a little snack. Can't wait for ballet next week!

You could make these bags for a myriad of things--library books, groceries, teacher gifts (stuffed with school supplies), overnight or car trip bags...anything you like!


Burp Cloths

I found these ADORABLE vehicles in the Silhouette online store, and the font is Century Gothic (my most favorite plain font). It was super easy to do, and now I've got an adorable baby gift!

I can't wait to buy a few different colors of the heat transfer paper, because I also found the most darling construction vehicles that I want to put on to tees for my babies. I'm thinking chocolate brown and orange, what do you think?


Don't forget to enter the Silhouette machine giveaway! Click HERE to enter! And remember, if you don't win, you can take advantage of the great deal they're running right now...$175 for the Silhouette, with a $9.99 monthly subscription to the online store. That's a really great price--lowest I've seen! Vinyl is also 10% off. Just use the promo code "BPP"!



Blogger Paige said...

Such fun projects! Thanks for sharing your creativity.

December 29, 2010 at 12:03 PM  
Blogger Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Hi, Kierste! I just ordered my Silhouette machine today, and I am SO excited!!! How long did yours take to come in? I love the projects you shared today. I think I'll have to make an entire Silhouette idea folder on my computer. ;)

December 29, 2010 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Amanda! I'm so excited for you! It didn't take too long--about 4-5 days. Definitely make an idea folder--I have one, too! Let me know how it goes!

December 29, 2010 at 12:23 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

Cute, cute, cute! Love the bags. The burp rags would be adorable for my "almost-here" grandson. I've always wondered if I would use one enough to warrent the purchase, but just these ideas makes me think I would.

December 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger DanielleisNesting said...

The burp rags are just to die for! I love the graphic on them!

December 29, 2010 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Eric and Danielle said...

Can you send me your spread sheet through email? I would love to see what you were going to try with your silhouette. I just got mine and I want to do some fun stuff, but just don't know where to start.

eric_danielle at netzero dot com

December 29, 2010 at 12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so cute!

December 29, 2010 at 12:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

cute projects! i so want to add one of these to the shopping cart and press enter :)

December 29, 2010 at 1:41 PM  
Blogger Hadar said...

Those are so cute!! The silhouette people really chose the right person to send that too!

December 29, 2010 at 2:06 PM  
Blogger The Girl Creative said...

I always wondered how to work the ruffle or fabric onto an existing canvas bag. Now I know. So cute!! :)

December 29, 2010 at 2:42 PM  
Blogger Shannon said...

Those ballet bags are absolutely adorable. Thank you so much for sharing the project. Excellent idea to sew the ruffle on the fabric strip and then heat and bond it to the bag. Simple. Elegant. Effective.

December 29, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger WobiSobi said...

Such great Ideas!!!!. I love the burp cloths, so cute

December 29, 2010 at 4:28 PM  
Blogger Kelly Tillotson said...

those are so cute!!! the heat transfer option is the coolest of them all, hoping i win your giveaway so i can try it out!!
are you able to use any of your own fonts, or their selection? i cant remember if i read that on their site or not. have to check it out again {and drooL!}

December 29, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

these are just the cutest! tfs!

December 29, 2010 at 8:49 PM  
Blogger kierste @ brown paper packages said...

Danielle-I will send it! Give me a couple days to add to it, and then it's yours!

Kelly--You can use any fonts on your computer. LOVE that feature, because I have a lot of fonts and want to utilize them.

December 29, 2010 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I am thinking the brown shirts with orange construction vehicles will be so very cute!! Its hard to find "cute" big boy shirts now these days!!

December 30, 2010 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

The burp cloths are so cute but I am wondering how they will wash up. I haven't tried an iron on yet because I am afraid after one wash it will come right off. Have you washed yours yet?

December 30, 2010 at 10:02 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

Cute stuff! I felt the same way. I've been staying up nights thinking of all the things I want to do!

December 30, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

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