The Creative Exchange – part 2

So today I want to share what I sent my recipient as part of The Creative Exchange – read here for the background to the exchange and as promised a little treat. My first ‘downloadable’ and a quick tutorial on how to make one of the items included in my package. My recipient is an illustrator, enjoys making fabric dolls and had posted a fabulous origami display on her Instagram feed.  So this is the package I sent her, some fabric, trims and buttons for her dollmaking, some origami paper to encourage to make her own origami display and a few treats for herself.

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And this is how I wrapped all her goodies.

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I used brown paper. I wet lines on the white paper to tear them into strips, punched copper pearlescent card and wrapped with copper and gun metal grey yarn.

I love the copper and gun metal colour combination, do you?

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So I started to think how I could package the tiniest and cutest little buttons. Tea bags. I’ll make tea bags and separate the buttons by colour. I had the cutest little button brads which were perfect as closures.

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I loved this packaging idea that I thought you might too. So I created my first downloadable temple and tutorial. Click template to download and print the template.

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You will need:

paper for the tea bag – I used vellum in both cases, you may wish to have opaque paper so the goodies are hidden

scissors

twine

staples and stapler

PVA glue

brads/stickers

Using the template cut out the bag and tag. There are 2 options for the flap – one short [which I used the brads to secure] or the longer flap [I used the sicker to secure the bag].

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Fold in the sides, base, flap and tag – dotted lines on template.

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Staple the twine between the tag and to middle of the bag as shown.

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Place a small amount of glue on the sides and stick sides together.

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Crease the sides inwards half way down to create bag. It will also be easier to fold the flap over.

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Secure the flap with either a brad or sticker. You could also use washi tape to secure the flap or even decorate the bag.

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Enlarge to make bigger tea bags or a size perfect for your gift.

I would love to see your tea bags.

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