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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Guest Designer Post for Shabby is Chic Boutique

Guest Designer for Shabby is Chic Boutique. 

Hello friends! Penny Arnold here with my very first guest designer post for Amy Love's site Shabby is Chic Boutique.  I was thrilled when she allowed me to design some projects this month with her wonderful products. I was even more excited when they finally arrived in the mail! That poor mailman, I was stalking him, and that package for a whole week! I was even more giddy when I started unpacking all those great notions, and laces.  How did she get SO many items in that one little package? Truthfully, I don't know, but it was exciting pulling out each, and every one of them!

So this is one side of my finished cotton drawstring gift pouch. I love how it turned out.  Follow along with me, and I'll show you step by step how it was done!

So I started with this cotton drawstring pouch .  So cute even without adding anything to it, but even nicer after adding all of Amy's goodies to the outside of the bag. So I started decorating it at the bottom of the bag, and measured out just enough of this Butterfly dangle trim to go all the way around the bottom of the bag, on both sides.

Next I folded the lace inside out, and sewed the two edges together that I had just cut. Then I turned the lace to the right side again, It was now a circle that will fit the bottom of my bag.  If you do this, and your bag is a little smaller, or larger than your lace circle, don't worry as it you can adjust it as you sew it to the bottom of the bag. I also lined up the dangle part of the lace pieces so they were back to back.

Next I cut a piece of chipboard cardstock to fit the inside of my bag so I didn't sew both sides of the bag together while I was attaching the lace.  While trying to keep your lace even, and centered I sewed the lace around both sides of the bottom of the bag with simple hand stitching, and a good white quilting thread.  Regular thread will work, but quilting thread is slightly stronger. I probably should have pinned it in place, but instead I just held it in place as I sewed.

I probably should have pinned it in place, but instead I just held it in place as I sewed.

Wow, it's looking pretty already! A little lace adds a touch of class to everything!

Next I added the heart-applique , to one side. I first glued the heart in place to keep it from moving around, and then I stitched it in place with small hand stitches.

While I liked that look, I of course wanted more! So using quilting thread I sewed seed beads in all the hole patterns on the outside of the heart applique. Adding some larger beads on the inside of the heart, and on the bottom sections of the butterfly dangle trim. After doing this I noticed that this heart shape would also make a perfect owl shape as well when you added the beads, especially if I added a long bead where the beak would be on the owl's face. (Sounds like another fun project for me)

I loved the way the front side looked, but I wanted just a small touch of embellishment on the back side of my gift bag, so I sewed on a single flower cut from this white lace pearl flowers trim. Too cute, and it already had a pearl bead in the center of the flower so I didn't have to add one. I did however add two beads to the dangle trim at the bottom of the pouch.

So here's the front of my pouch.

This is the back!

I was going to give this bag to someone with a small Christmas gift inside, but after it turned out so pretty I will have a hard time giving this away! Be sure and check out all the trims, and other products at the store, they change out quite often, and you don't want to miss any. You won't be disappointed. I know I'm not! Till next time, "Happy crafting!" Love Penny
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