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Stenciled Valentine Gift Bags

Martha Stewart Living, February 2013

These decorated muslin bags are just right for wrapping treats for friends, loved ones, or your kid’s classmates. Customize them with freezer-paper stencils (a technique that crafts editor Jodi Levine swears by).

Freezer-Paper Stencils

These custom-made stencils are great for decorating almost any cotton fabric.

Tools and Materials

Craft punch or craft knife
Freezer paper
Muslin bags
Cardboard scrap
Craft paint
Stencil brush

1. Use a punch or a craft knife to cut a design into freezer paper to create a stencil. Using a craft punch, such as the one used for the small hearts, makes stenciling easy. Reserve any portions necessary to form a letter, such as the circle inside the lowercase g.

2. With a dry iron set to medium heat, iron the freezer paper (shiny side down) on the muslin.

3. Insert cardboard scrap into bag, and then dab craft paint on muslin.

4. Carefully peel away freezer paper while paint is still wet.

Plain muslin bags (similar to shown), 3" by 4", 4" by 6", and 5" by 6", from $6.75 for 24, Reynolds freezer paper, at supermarkets. Heart craft punch, $10; and craft paint, $2; by Martha Stewart Crafts; Hammonds lollipop, from $2.50, Clasp bangle bracelet, 14K gold, from $990,

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