Watch Me Wednesday :: Creating a Window Treat Bag


Father’s Day gift bag full of pretzel treats for those “must have a snack” times!



Sunflower Seed custom die-cut treat bag


First, I want to say thank you for the nice responses I received over the last couple of days regarding my last two posts. You all are too sweet and it warms my heart to know you appreciated those posts as much as I wanted to share them. As promised, I created a video to share with you all today. Although it is a non-card project, it will surely fill a need for those times when you want or need to give something special to someone.

I’ve given you a peek of the projects above, but they are window treat bags! The “Father’s Day” bag is simply a lunch bag I purchased from Michaels and customized by stamping the background and die cutting the shape to create a window, which allows the treat contents to be exposed. This window serves a few functions, (1) the recipient can see what the treats are without opening the bag immediately, (2) the treat contents can serve as a compliment to the bag’s color combination, and (3) the window allows the bag to have an embellished, professional look.

I had a few questions about a treat bag I created for Paper Crafts 350 Cards & Gifts issue and I wanted to make sure I shared with you all how to use your die cuts to create a window in your gift bags. Just think of the possibilities with all of those amazing die templates on the market now! I personally like to take the window a step further and use nesting die templates to create a matching frame around the window. Although this is required, I think it creates a finished look.

The “Grown with Love” bag is created from scratch! I used a Lifestyle Crafts treat bag die template to die cut patterned paper. You can die cut a lot using that template and make your own custom treat bag. I share in the video how using this die template makes it a bit easier to add the window to a bag. I went with the whole “garden” theme and included sunflower seeds as the bag’s contents.

In my fashion classes, I learned that “presentation is everything” from Ms. Reese. I’ll never forget that phrase and always try to incorporate that into any of my designs, whether it is what I’m wearing for the day, how I photograph a card, or approach a situation. Now sometimes I become a slacker, but I really try hard not to do that! 🙂

Anyway, the video shows it all so I hope you have about 15 minutes to watch me make these two bags!


You may also view this video on YouTube.

My apologies for my voice. I’m fighting an “allergy attack” this week and while recording this morning, my voice may sound a bit nasally and scratchy!


Thanks for your visit! Have a great “Friday Eve!”

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  • tina - fantastic video,thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Ashley this is a great post! I’m ordering that die and the air mail twine…LOVE! Thanks so much for teaching me something new…again!!! 🙂 God blessReplyCancel

  • Gabby - Love the stamping, fence and twine on the Grown with Love bag! The other bag is neat with the framed window. 🙂ReplyCancel

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