Stamp your own cotton bags

Some of my favorite recent additions to the Nashville Wraps catalog are our plain, unbleached 100% cotton bags. We carry the classic flat drawstring bags and mini totes with handles along with linen bags. While these reusable little bags make pretty, eco-friendly packaging on their own, I especially love how they look with a hand-stamped design.

bunny-bagThe bags shown here were stamped using supplies found at our local craft store. We picked up an alphabet of initials and symbols, a few phrases, a few cute illustrations and small “flourish” designs, and some ink pads. There were entire aisles of the store devoted to stamps, so deciding on just a few was the only hard part!

If you want to stamp your own bags, just look for stamp ink pads which are made for fabric as well as paper; I think darker inks work better because they provide more contrast. The smaller, flat bags work well as wedding favor bags, stamped with “Thank You” or the couple’s initial(s). You may also want to have a custom stamp made for your bags; just do a quick search on Etsy to find one you like. Follow this link for more ideas on Pinterest.

st-patricks-day-bagA few tips for clean-looking stamp imprints: Practice stamping a few times on a scrap piece of paper first to get better ink coverage (I ruined a few bags before I figured this out – oops!). Ironing your bags with a little steam will give you a better stamping surface. And as with most handmade items, keep in mind that little imperfections only add to the charm. But, it’s a good idea to have a few extra bags on hand, just in case. You can find more Favor Packaging here.

Priscilla Medders

Priscilla Medders is a graphic designer based in Nashville. She helps to prettify the Nashville Wraps catalog and blog site. She enjoys singing and playing music with her husband, Cheyenne Medders.

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Buffie Baril August 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Hi Victoria! How many bags are you wanting printed?

Victoria Kruggel August 5, 2014 at 8:43 am

Can you print my logo onto your 10 x 12 linen bags?
Please provide pricing.

Thank you!

jasmine November 23, 2013 at 2:42 am

nice to read this article and more valuable content. thanks for sharing this article.

Kathi Hennesey September 7, 2013 at 2:28 am

As another option, I’ve been replacing the natural cotton drawstrings with different colors of baker’s twine to coordinate with the rubber stamp colors on the bag. For example, I use purple/white baker’s twine with my thistle rubber stamp, using purple ink. Pink hearts match pink and white baker’s twine. I use a very small safety pin to thread the baker’s twine through the top.

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