Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Watch Us Wednesday with Kristina Harmon: Bargello Technique Tutorial

Hi there, it's Kristina here with a tutorial for you this week. A few challenges back I created a Thank You gift bag out of a Kraft Coffee Bag from Kraft Outlet, using a technique called Bargello. I had several comments about the project so I thought it would be fun to explain the technique for you. But before I get started, I just want to let you know a little bit about these fabulous product bags from Kraft Outlet.  Our Kraft Coffee Bag is just the right size for craft projects and they have so many uses. They are perfect for altered art, scrapbooking, food products, jewelry or wedding and party favors. The bags are made in the USA, meet FDA requirments for direct food contact, have laminated clear inner liners and flat bottoms with a tin tie closure. You can purchase these bags for $.60 each from the Kraft Outlet store.

Now let's take a look at the finished gift bag created from the Kraft Coffee Bag,

To create this look you will want to start by picking out 3 to 4 different patterns of coordinating paper. You will need a paper cutter, one 5 x 6 inch piece of thin white paper (like printer paper) and adhesive.

Cut several strips of patterned paper at 3/4" wide and 6" long, be sure to cut at least 2 strips from each pattern of paper.

Adhere the strips onto the 5 x 6 piece of copy paper in a consistent design with the sides touching and the edges even.

After that,
Cut several strips in various widths.

Create a pattern with the strips and adhere to your project. You can arrange the strips in a zig zag,  wave,  pyramid or  rick rack pattern. You decide, that's all a part of the fun.

As you can see in my original project, I just set them in a very slight zig zag pattern and trimmed the edges to fit the size of the coffee bag. I also added some faux stitching lines for added interest.

I hope that you will give this project a try, the possibilities are limitless and don't forget that there is still plenty of time to take part in our "It's a Guy Thing" challenge that is going on right now, to learn more about this week's challenge and to enter your project for a chance to win, click on our Current Challenge link located in the upper right of our sidebar on this blog!


  1. Such a fun and creative project, Kristina! Great way to use up some paper scraps. Thanks for sharing this! I gotta give this a try. :)

  2. Love this gift bag. I really like how you did the strips of paper...very creative

    Thanks for sharing..Happy Wednesday

  3. This is super cool!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!



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