This week we are bringing you TONS of inspiration using the new Make It Merry collection, along with our previous Christmas collections and even some pieces pulled from everyday collections. I asked our talented designers to focus on fun little projects, and they did not disappoint! We have a fabulous mix of projects to share with you this week, including lots and lots of ideas for gift giving. And seeing as though the holidays can be one of our busiest times of the year, I love that so many of these projects can be created in no time at all.
Christmas Wreath, by Kristine Davidson.
I created a paper Christmas Wreath this week! I have so much fun creating these and so easy to do! Grab a foam wreath, some pushpin needles, and 8 sheets of pattern paper. Cut lots and lots of ½” x 12” strips of patterned paper, and roll each strip using a bone folder. Add them one by one to your wreath using pushpin needles. Try it! And if you do, please share with me as I’d love to see what you make. I’m on Instagram @KristineDavidson. Have a wonderful week creating with Bella Blvd and I’ll be back next week with another project.
Make It Merry: Santa Selfie, Fa La La; Christmas Cheer: Jingle All The Way, Merry & Bright
Fabric Gift Bags, by Nichol Magouirk.
I love a pretty packaged gift almost as much as a gift itself. When I saw this Lined Drawstring Bag Pattern I knew I had to sew some up as pretty fabric gift bags for the holidays. The pattern shows how to make this great bag in eight sizes. I made three out of black, gray, white, and red fabrics. The Snack Bag (small) is 7” x 4.5” x 8”. The Everything Bag (medium) is 7” x 10” x 10”. The Project Bag (large) is 8” x 12” x 13”.
Pretty ribbon and lace drawstrings add an elegant touch to these lovely fabric gift bags.
The colors of these bags work wonderfully for the holiday season but would be perfect for Valentine’s Day too! Consider making some up in other fabrics and colors for birthdays or just to store and tote kids’ toys. The larger drawstring bags would be great for older kids’ laundry. The possibilities are endless!
These bags sew up so quickly that I made up all three in a little over an hour! Happy Holidays!
Bella Blvd Military Max fabrics by Riley Blake Designs (Military Gray Plaid), Bella Blvd Puppy Park fabrics by Riley Blake Designs (Black Park Crosshatch, Black Polka Dot)
"Christmas Cracker Treat box", by Leanne Allinson.
This fun little project is as simple as it comes! And who doesn't enjoy opening a Christmas Cracker during the holiday season? All it takes is a free cutting file template found via Pinterest and some beautiful Bella Blvd Make It Merry patterned papers! I've also used a sheet of Color Chaos Clear Cuts to show it is just as easy to create off the page Christmas projects with a twist!
I really adore making and giving little treat boxes at Christmastime. This year I wanted something that would sit on the table as both décor and thankyou gift. These Christmas Crackers don't come with a "BANG!" but will substitute nicely as a little box for after dinner treats. After sourcing a free template "Christmas + Crackers + DIY" on Pinterest, fold the cut paper or clear cut along the perforated lines.
Tie up each end with bakers twine or ribbon. Leave one end open and fill the treat box with your choice of sweets.
Trim a border piece of patterned paper the same width of the treat box template and fold along the same lines as the template perforation. These border pieces will wrap around the outside of the gift.
Complete the project by adding Enamel DooDads or fussy cut images from the Make It Merry collection. The Clear Cut box not only holds it shape well but allows your guests to sneak a view of the treats within!
Make It Merry: Borders & Bits, Treat Exchange; Clear Cut: McIntosh Confetti; Enamel DooDads: Guacomole