Monday, March 12, 2018

Decorated Mail Bag

It's in the bag!

One of my favorite things to do when I was younger was to send and receive pen pal letters. I enjoyed hearing about life in different cities or foreign countries. Some of us have grown apart while others are still close, now relying on the digital age to communicate. I missed the anticipation of seeing if there was a letter in the mailbox and discovering what sort of goodies or gossip were waiting for me.

Then I found a pen pal group on Facebook!  It's fun hear about new friends while keeping alive snail mail- art! But keeping the letters separate from the bills, advertisements and magazines was proving difficult so So I created this wonderful mail bag!

Supplies used:

  •  Joy® Dyeable Letters - white
  • A 3 pocket card organizer
  • Assorted embellishments and trim
  • Colored marker
  • Adhesive or iron

  • This mail bag started out as a 3 pocket hanging fabric card organizer from the dollar store. I didn't like the print so I covered it with brightly colored tissue paper and clear packing tape.

    Next I colored in the letters with a pen and adhered them to the bag with a clear drying adhesive.
    (If you want to stay with the original fabric design, then you can iron the letters in place.)

    The assorted embellishments and trim were glued in place and left to dry completely overnight before hanging up.

    The nice thing about this bag is that it 'blends' with our general home decor. It hangs near the common home mail bag, so unless you knew what you were looking at, you might assume it was just another piece of art I made! We love it!

    You can find Joy® iron-on embroidered letters at your local craft stores.

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