Warm Scarves and Tissue Bags

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This is my faithful companion, traveling everywhere with me these days, and keeping my neck nice and warm. My Mom loves color, too, and she picked out this gorgeous watercolor yarn and knit it in a knit one, purl one stitch so it appears all knitted from both sides. I love wearing these soft muted colors. As I see them everyday, I am beginning to be inspired to pull out my polymer clay and mix up these colors. Hmmmm, what shall I create?

Do you have a favorite piece of clothing whose colors, pattern and/or texture inspires you?

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Every year at my show, I would bring tissue paper and stickers so I could individually wrap each item I sold from earrings to necklaces to bracelets. Well, this was a time consuming task, especially when the only surface I had to wrap on was a plastic molded chair. Also, my customers would have to wait in line while I wrapped each parcel. Not good for selling. I was trying to keep costs down by not purchasing gift boxes or bags so I could in turn have my jewelry more reasonably priced as well.

This year I sat and thought about this for awhile and I came up with the idea of taping the tissue beforehand.  And thus, my tissue pouches were born. These pouches are easy to make and so much fun!

First, you take one layer of tissue paper and spread it out. You will see that it has natural folds. Cut along each fold so that you have a long strip about 3 inches wide or so. The folds already there make it super easy to know where to cut. Now fold your strip in half lengthwise so you have a shorter strip double layered. Now fold up the raw end side (lengthwise) to about an inch or so below the folded end side. Tape the sides with scotch tape. Be careful here because once the tape is on the tissue, you can’t remove it. Ask me how I learned this! I placed half the tape lengthwise on one side and then folded it over to the other side, thus sealing that side. Once you’ve taped up a bunch of tissue pouches, you can have fun with your paint. I used Lumiere gold and copper acrylic paint. Now paint over the tape on the sides to hide it and paint along the bottom of the pouch. You can randomly paint on the pouch (as I did) or leave it plain. Now hang your pouch upside down to dry. I purchased some festive stickers for closing the flap. It’s a perfect size for a small gift. For larger gifts just cut your tissue paper according to the size you need and make your pouch the same way.

Now I’m thinking that I could do this with fabric. Oh, the possibilities…

The personal life deeply lived always expands

into truths beyond itself.

-Anais Nin

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6 comments on “Warm Scarves and Tissue Bags

  1. Patti says:

    wow, great idea! many of the best solutions are also some of the coolest projects!

  2. Lisa Clarke says:

    I love the tissue bag idea. I have 2 shows coming up this weekend, and I’m always concerned about how long it takes me to take care of one customer so that the others don’t have to wait!

  3. Lisa Clarke says:

    Oh, and I forgot to say, I like that scarf – looks cozy! Many of my polymer color schemes are inspired by something I’ve worn. Two of them come to mind immediately as being made to match a favorite skirt. And then there’s my whole etsy shop which is nothing but items made to coordinate with fabric 😉

  4. clayfests says:

    Love both ideas! I’ve been a knitting fool this year and have been combining my love for knitting with my love for Polymer clay as well. I’ve done something similar with the tissue paper but love the idea of adding the the Lumiere paints! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Kathryn Ottman

  5. doras_explorations says:

    Great idea for the tissue pouches, Karen !!! And the colors in that scarf are lovely. From time to time, I find an article of clothing that inspires me in my polymer clay work, but often I make the polymer clay jewelry first, and then look for clothing to match it, LOL !!!

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