Happy Holidays and welcome to our Simply Inspired CTMH Blog Hop! This month we are highlighting handcrafted holidays. If you have come here from Krista Hershberger’s Blog, you are on the right path. The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way around to see all of the inspiring artwork. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants here.

It’s easy to hop along with us – just click the link at the end of each blog post to move to the next one. Enjoy!


The holidays are a fabulous time to pull out all the stops and get creative with decorating, gift giving, and memory making. However, getting creative does not mean it has to get complicated. I still love faster, simpler, easier, and making the most out of the resources I have to create with. Close To My Heart’s My Creations Burlap Drawstring Bags are terrific for making personalized ornaments, gift bags, decorations, and adding a festive touch to your holiday tables. Combine them with the incredible variety for stencil shapes from CTMH Cricut Cartridges and 40 colors of Pigment Inks and you can tailor your projects for any setting. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s affordable, and the possibilities are endless.  Here are a few different ways I have incorporated them into my holidays.


Burlap Bag Ornaments


I use the burlap bags like ornaments on my Christmas tree. I personalize the bags by stenciling the first letter of each person’s name on the bag using the negative space from a letter I cut out on my Close To My Heart Artbooking Cricut Cartridge. Then I put a little gift inside, tie it closed with CTMH Black Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, and hang it on the tree from the drawstrings that are already on the bags.


Burlap Bags Christmas Setting


I have also used the same monogrammed burlap bags on table settings for holiday meals. This is kind of like you would use place cards for each guest. There is a monogrammed bag with a goodie inside for each person sharing the meal. If breakfast includes hot chocolate on Christmas morning, then slipping candy canes in the Burlap Bags can be fun. When you stir the hot chocolate with the candy cane you get instant peppermint cocoa…my favorite.

You will notice in the photo shown above that I use different shapes or words cut from my Cricut machine, too. Really, any shape you can cut from your Cricut machine makes a stencil you can use in different sizes and colors to make adorable custom projects. The CTMH Cricut cartridges give you 700 designs to choose from in each collection. So many fabulous options.


Burlap Bags Thanksgiving


Here’s the monogrammed burlap bag one more time used on a Thanksgiving table, shown above. The burlap bags are the perfect size for holding your dinner napkin and the flatware for each place setting. Instead of a monogrammed letter you could choose a fall shape like a turkey silhouette stenciled in Cocoa Pigment Ink or fall leaves to coordinate with colors your table setting. Again, you have 40 different colors of Pigment Inks to choose from with Close To My Heart so you have lots of color options.



  • My Creations Burlap Drawstring Bags
  • CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge
  • Pigment Ink
  • Sponge Daubers


Burlap Bag Project Supplies



I start with my CTMH Cricut Artbooking Cartridge and choose a shape, letter, or message to cut out. This will make a stencil that you place on top of the burlap bag. Using a Sponge Dauber, sponge your choice of Pigment Ink colors in the stenciled area. Then set it aside to dry.

TIP: Before you sponge the Pigment Ink onto the burlap bag put a piece of waxed paper inside the bag to keep the ink from bleeding through and making spots on the back of your bag. Burlap is a very loosely woven fabric. The ink can go through the holes when you are sponging so you will want to put something inside to protect it.


There really are a lot of different ways to use these great little My Creations Burlap Drawstring Bags in your holiday decorating, gift wrapping, and celebrations. They come in packages of three and are a very affordable way to add some festive flair to your holiday projects. I will be sharing some other Thanksgiving projects with burlap banners and burlap ribbon tomorrow. Come back and visit to see other ways you can use this stenciling technique for quick do-it-yourself projects.


Now “Hop” on over to Diana Veenendaal’s Blog to see what she has created to share with you. Be sure to visit all of the Consultants in the Handcrafted Holidays Blog Hop to get some great ideas for your holiday projects. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Holidays!


  • Blythe says:

    Love this Michelle!

  • Great projects and your photography is fabulous!

  • Pam Klassen says:

    WOW what a fun and yet simple to do idea! <3

  • You never disappoint, my friend! I love your ideas and you photographed everything so beautifully! I’m doing burlap bags for my Christmas morning breakfast table now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Krista :) says:

    What a WONDERFUL idea Michelle! I love the goodies hanging on your tree! I also was admiring your place settings, and your beautiful photography!! Thanks so much for sharing this fabulous idea!! Can’t wait to create some of my own!! 🙂

  • How cool, love this!

  • Amie Kiger says:

    Wow, just look at that burlap theme tree! Such an amazing job bringing it all together! Thanks for the great stencil tip! 🙂

  • Lisa Stenz says:

    Such great ideas Michelle! I love the idea of using the pigment pads and negative Cricut shapes to stencil a design on the bags!! Cute, cute, cute!! *Ü*

  • Lynn Como says:

    Simply beautiful! Just love things like this were the craft isn’t overdone and yet it’s so personal. Amazing job! Thanks for sharing your creative talent!

  • Melissa says:

    Okay, just realized that I never left a comment to tell you how much I loved this idea! Using it today for a gift card. XOXO

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