Monday, July 1, 2013

Mini Paper Bag Pocket Revisted

Last time I made a mini brown paper bag pocket and did a brief tutorial showing how to easily make one, I had such an overwhelming response of people who recreated the pocket so beautifully that I decided to revisit this favorite little gift-giving idea.  Thank you SO MUCH Gail Scott, Carole Robb-Bisson and Arnoldo Romero for beautifully recreating this paper bag idea.  You each did such a unique and amazing job, and I was SO incredibly humbled and blessed to have ANYONE be inspired by my art; but to have all three of you create SO beautifully just really blessed my heart, and I thank you so much.  I hope that EVERYONE (all readers) will give this great, super easy idea a try for gift-giving or anything your imagination can dream up.  I would be SO blessed to see what any of you create.

So, I took a small brown paper sack and folded it upwards,  not quite to the middle, and machine stitched it in place to create a pocket.  Using a paper bag gives you instant's VERY cool.  I am going to use this as a special "thank you" gift for our house sitter.  We pay her for watching the house and the dog, and she will just LOVE this sweet little pocket.  I will tuck her money inside with a little thank you note on the journaling spot.
This first picture is a close-up shot of the front of the pocket.  I used all Simple Stories Vintage Bliss patterned papers and chipboard (along with just a few other goodies).  I just loved how the little stems from the paper roses look like the butterfly's antennas.
The doily is from Martha Stewart, the journaling spot is from October Afternoon, and the rub-on is Melissa Frances.   I also did a good amount of machine stitching.  I just love this sweet collection from Simple Stories, and wait to create more with it!  You can find this paper pad here, at Classy Cards 'n Such and save yourself an extra 10% by using Coupon Code KAREN-10.
I decorated both sides of a shipping tag using more of the patterned paper, some ruler washi tape, a mini butterfly cut with a Martha Stewart punch with a mini pearl in the center.  Everything is machine stitched, I just couldn't resist!  You will even see that I machine stitched some journaling lines on the yellow tag on the pink tag.
You can kinda see the back side of the pocket in this last photo.  I tied some baker's twine around the whole thing as well and tied that knot into the seam binding knot on the front.  I really enjoyed making this project.

I'm entering this project in the following challenge because I was inspired by the color palette:

The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog - Challenge #56 - Candy Colors - Wasn't this a delicious color combination?  I love ribbons, lace and buttons.  Don't you?

Craf-Dee Bowz Challenge Blog - July Challenge - Hand-made Bows.  How fun!  I made by handmade bows out of my hand-dyed scrunched seam binding.  Here is a link to the tutorial where I recently shared how I make my seam binding bows.....Hand Dyed Seam Binding and Bow Tutorial.  I just LOVE making my own bows, but I just know that it would be so much easier to tie my hand-made bows with this AWESOME bow-maker, and I'm thrilled to be in the running to win one to make my bow-making life easier!  LOL  I'd also be happy to showcase it here on my blog!

Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge Blog  - Challenge:  Anything But a Card - I did not make a card.  This is a paper bag pocket and the tag that I made to go inside the pocket!  See my blog post for details

Simon Stamp & Show Vintage Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Frosted Designs Challenge Blog - Fabulous Friday Polka Dots Challenge - I just LOVE all the polka dot patterned papers in this collection.  You will my delightful polka dots everywhere!

May God bless you all today, and thanks so much for stopping by my little piece of blog land to say hello!  I am SO grateful for your visit, and I wish you all God's richest blessings.  By the way, you're always SO welcome to stop by and play along with us at Word Art Wednesday - always Anything Goes, and always great prizes to be won!  We would really enjoy having YOU join us!

Blessings to you all,


  1. Karen, I totally adore this project! So much to look at and awe over! So happy you shared it with us at The Ribbon Reel!

  2. It's good to be blessed mutually by friends' artistic talents, and especially through their love of the Lord.

  3. HI Karen - another wonderful project! So creative - I love your work - this past week I have created two vintage items - here are the links - I am no where near your abilities but I made the stretch - I like the inky tag so much I ordered some Glossy cardstock - cannot find any in my area at any stores - looking forward to using my Alcohol inks on tags and cards - enjoy your crafting day! Be blessed - Gail

  4. Loving the design, colors and embellishments. You put together the cutest projects. I can see the big smile on her face as she receives it!

  5. This is beautiful, Karen!!! I love the shabby chic look and the pretty DPs and embellies!!

  6. You are so talented using different patterned papers and colors Karen, love your designs. The bows you make are so pretty too! Love all your projects! Hugs!!

  7. Beautiful card Karen!
    Thanks for joining us at TRR!

  8. I absolutely love your paper bag project. I wish I could do shabby chic but I just stop too soon before it is perfectly embellished like yours. I will have to keep trying because I love the way yours turned out.


  9. What a great project. And so perfect for your house sitter. Love all the embellies you used. Pretty bow and yes the CDB bow maker would make it easier for you to make your bows.(LOL)Thanks for joining us this month at the Craft-Dee BowZ Challenge.
    Hugs, Barbara - CDB DT

  10. ooh wooow Love those dots paper Karen totally lovely and great color combo in this Karen...Great creation..good luck with the challenges dear Karen...Hugs

  11. Fantastic color combinations and elements used here for the layering! What a gorgeous pocket and tag! Nice post read too! Thanks for showing us your wonderful work this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  12. This is gorgeous Karen - love the colours and all the texture.

  13. This is such a fabulous little project! Love everything about it!! Love your use of the Polka Dots! Thanks for joining in our Fabulous Friday Challenge at Frosted Designs this time around!

  14. Love the shabby chic look and the pretty colors! Wonderful job!

  15. Wow this is so gorgeous, thanks for sharing it over at Frosted Designs.

  16. wow! i love your project! so many different elements, it's stunning! thanks for joining us over at Frosted Designs for the Polka Dot challenge!

  17. Wonderful! I love all the embellishments and pretty mix of papers!

  18. This is a fun it! Thanks for joining us at Really Reasonable Ribbon. Huggs from Ginny at Polly's Paper Studio.


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