Adding Flair to Muslin Bags

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Muslin bags are a great, simple solution for packing up your favors. But, if you’re like me, you want to add a little flair to the bags so you don’t have 100 generic sacks in a pile. Here are some ideas to jazz up muslin bags to make your favors pop.

Depending on what you decide to do, your material may vary. Here are some of my suggestions.

Here are the materials you will need:

  • Muslin bags, which you can purchase online or at a local craft store
  • Paint — craft, fabric, and acrylic paint will all work
  • Sponge brush
  • Glitter
  • Modge Podge or craft glue
  • Painter’s tape
  • Cardboard
  • Stamps, paper punches, or other pattern-making tools

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Glitter

I used a few different techniques on my bags. The first was creating a glittery bottom.

Step 1: First, I put a small piece of cardboard into my bag. This helps prevent the paint bleeding through the fabric, and also provides some structure so your bag is easier to work with.

Step 2: Next, I divided my bag in half with painter’s tape. This makes it much easier to keep a straight line with your paint and glitter.

Step 3: I then used black craft paint and a sponge brush to dab on color throughout the whole bottom of my bag. I chose to paint with a color that matched my glitter to provide better coverage. If by chance the glitter is brushed off, the bag will still have a uniform color and look.

Step 4: After my paint was dry, I applied a thin layer of Modge Podge craft glue along the bottom painted portion of my bag. I then held my bag over a garbage can and shook on the fine black glitter. Once it was dry, I had an awesome glittery bag.

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Stamping

In addition to glitter, I also really like the look of stamps on a muslin bag. The easiest way to do this is with a stamp pad and a stamper. This would work especially well if you already are using a stamp on your invitations or other paper products, since you can carry the same design over. Darker ink colors will obviously show up better.

You can also stamp using paint, if you want a more significant imprint. I did this to create a polka dot pattern:

Step 1: First, I put a cardboard layer in the middle of my bag to prevent the paint from seeping through.

Step 2: For this bag, I used white fabric paint and created a little pool of paint on a spare piece of cardboard.

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Step 3: The eraser of an unused pencil makes a great circle stamp. I dabbed the eraser end of a pencil in a small amount of paint and then tapped that onto my bag wherever I wanted a dot. With a little bit of practice, it’s super easy to make a neat polka dot pattern.

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Stencil

My third idea for transforming plain bags into stellar favor holders is to create a basic stencil. I took the easy way and used a paper punch, but you could also cut your own custom stencil by printing onto card stock, then cutting out the design with an X-acto knife.

To use a paper punch piece as a stencil, you just need to:

Step 1: Once again, stuff a small piece of cardboard into your bag to protect the layers.

Step 2: Cut down a piece of card stock paper and punch your design into it. Now you have a basic stencil shape. If it’s a small design, you could also make a pattern on a single sheet.

Step 3: Tape this stencil shape down on your bag with painter’s tape or masking tape.

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Step 4: Use a sponge brush to carefully tap on paint. Once you have full coverage, remove your stencil and let the paint dry.

Those are three simple ideas to customize and glamorize plain favor bags into something special. Once you get going, it doesn’t take much time at all. And you could opt to keep every bag the same, or mix it up so there’s a variety.

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And, just in case you love this idea but don’t have an idea for a favor, these bags work great for candy, soap, or as a potpourri/lavender satchel.

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