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Embroidered Paper Bag Lanterns

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

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Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.


Light up the night with charming luminaries for your home! Whether you use them to illuminate a front walkway or brighten a back patio, the light and breezy lanterns will add a glowing look to your home.
 

Project Needs & Notes

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Paper or party bags (this example uses bags
  that are 4 3/4" x 8 3/4" and 3" deep)
- 8" x 8" polyester organza
- Heavy-weight water-soluble stabilizer
  (Sulky Ultra Solvy or Vilene)
- Air-erase pen for marking
- Fabric glue
- Battery-operated tea lights
- Rocks for weighing bag down
- Paper punch (optional)
- Feather boa (optional)
Free video with instructions on how to create illuminating decor.
 

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Begin by embroidering a light and sheer design onto organza. Using this type of design will allow more light to shine through the organza.

Hoop the organza with a piece of water-soluble stabilizer, but put the stabilizer on top. Having the stabilizer on top of the organza gives a smooth surface for the embroidery foot.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Attach the hoop to the machine and embroider the design.

A size 11 or 75/11 embroidery needle is a good choice when embroidering onto organza.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

After embroidering, cut the excess stabilizer away.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Trim any long or loose threads on the back, too.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Soak in water to remove the
rest, and check the stabilizer's packaging for specific instructions.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Air dry and press.

Use a low setting on the iron, and a pressing cloth, so the organza does not melt.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

The bag is 4 3/4" wide.

Cut a square window in the bag that is a little smaller than the width. In this example, the square window is about 7/8" smaller.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Use an air-erase pen to draw a square around the design, a bit bigger than the window.

In this example, the square is the full 4 3/4" size of the bag width.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Cut out the square.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Add lines of fabric glue around the outer edges of the organza square.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Press that in the window.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Use a paper punch to add a decorative touch to the top of the bag.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Add a feather boa to the bottom for an extra-festive look.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Put a few rocks in the bag so it doesn't blow away.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Add a battery-operated tea light for a warm glow.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Light the way for trick-or-treaters on October 31 with a series of these delightful luminaries. Halloween baroque embroidery adds an even spookier touch.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Create an illuminating look during spring and summer months with floral variations, like this black-eyed Susan luminary.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Your holiday table will get a glowing centerpiece with a luminary featuring a Christmas motif, like this filigree reindeer.

Free project instructions to create an illuminating decor piece.

Light and airy designs work best for these luminaries, as their open spaces allow room for the light to shine through.

Here a pumpkin doodle design was used.

Embroidered Paper Bag Lanterns




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