Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Monster Gift Bag

I went nuts last year making gift bags. Elaborate gift bags. Kind of like funny shaped quilts (they have three layers). Don't ask me why, but I love them. I love how the Christmas ones all looked under the tree - long after Christmas in fact because I just stuffed them with used wrapping paper and they still looked fun.

My friend Rachael made fun of me for wasting time on making the bags. (Which is completely fair, cuz I did the same to her (first even) for spending her time knitting wash rags.) Anyway, I decided to show her. She loves Halloween too, so I made her a special gift bag to send her Devil Bob in.

I made special three dimensional teeth (the other half of the mouth is on the inside of the bag, so you can't see those teeth). I spent far too much time tying this thing with different colors of embroidery floss, to give the skin a funky texture. I then gunked it up (and probably shouldn't have) with glow-in-the-dark puffy paint.

I really like the tag. I loosely stuffed a white cotton glove. Then I embroidered her name, the nails. and joint details and finally added the french knots. All of this went thru all the layers (there are lots of knots on the back). I used a safety pin to attach the tag, so it comes off.

And I think it's fair to say Rach liked her bag, and maybe doesn't think they're a COMPLETE waste of time...

That's it for me, I've written enough today. Have to say the knee doesn't like sitting at the computer much. I've been bad today anyway. Can you believe I slept until 11 this morning? I couldn't get to sleep last night, but still. And I haven't done any of my physical therapy. D'oh, better have done it a couple of times before my husband gets home so he doesn't yell at me.


arlee said...

I love *all* of your bags!! Awesome!

Finn said...

Hey Ton, love the funky bags..what a great idea and another way to express yourself.
I could see those very easily becoming "collectible"..great to use or to display. Awesome name tag for Rachel..neat idea to use the glove.
Really love your "bobs" also, especially the cats and the ghost (bob or no bob...LOL). Keep up this great work you are doing ! But watch out...those art quilt people will be after ya...run ! Oppps, nix the "run"...LOL

Anonymous said...

Love the bobs and the bag!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh Tonya, I LOVE the bags. I want to see what you do for xmas ones when you get them out! I love this idea!

Anonymous said...

Ton, you KNOW I love the bag and devil bob, stop fishing for compliments. :) Actually, I did attempt to wear the gift tag as a name tag at our quilt show recently, (I refused to buy the guild t-shirt like everyone else) but it was a bit overpowering. For the occasion, anyway.

Sarah said...

Tonya -

Glad you are home safely! Thanks for sharing all the halloween stuff! You are so creative!