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We've got one hundred 5x7 bags from the Stateline Bag Company in Kansas to give away to a lucky blog reader. These little draw-string pouches are so handy for packaging up your crafts, decorating and stamping be want to hear what you would do with them.

Here's some more info:

"State Line Bag Company manufactures cotton muslin bags in a variety of designs and sizes. Our popular drawstring bags and backpacks appeal to every market - event planners searching for party favors & gift bags, artists needing product packaging or crafters looking for a fun project. You can search for ideas and inspiration on our website www.statelinebag.com . You can also buy wholesale from our webstore or from a list of local retailers"


How to enter:

Simply leave a comment below letting us know how you'd decorate or use these bags? The most unique idea will win - so good luck!

Contest closes on January 20th.

Congratulations to Judy!


Check out the Stateline Bag Company website to find out more about their handy bags »

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donna.oneil
donna.oneil · Hayward, California, US
I would stencil them and use them for gift bags.
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tamariskt
tamariskt · Melbourne, Victoria, AU
I would transfer images onto them using gel medium and use them as arty little gift bags throughout the year.
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SherriPeh
SherriPeh · Oreland, Pennsylvania, US
Great bags for gifting. I would love to try out two new skills from online classes -- stamp carving and script/sumi writing/painting. I could use these for my Sunday school students, my daughter's teammates (carve soccer and basketball stamps!), birthdays, thank yous, just about anything. I've also always wanted to try batik -- this would be a perfect and manageable size to paint and dye!
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Hella
Hella · Rotterdam, South Holland, NL · 60 projects
I always wanted to make some stamps out of erasers but I never knew what to do with the stamps. The bags would be perfect to decorate with the stamps. The design of the stamp must have something to do with the content of the bags. I could actually use a bag for all the stuff I can't throw away because I might need them in the future, like corks an bottle caps, but then it might be better to use bottle caps and corks for the design instead of the eraser stamps. Hmmmm.
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Jamie P.
Jamie P.
After giving it some thought I came up with 2 ideas. 1) Decorate and use to store photos. For example... birthday photos would be put in a bag painted/stamped with birthday images. They could be done for other things like school, Easter, vacation.... 2) Since I make cards having the bags decorated to match the cards would make a nice gift.
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Eszti
Eszti · Tatabánya, Komárom-Esztergom, HU · 6 projects
I'm into silhouetthes so I guess I would put a silhouetthes on each bag, each made with different techniques. I'd try emboridery, beads, decoupage, painting, dip dye, stamping, aztec pattern with sharpies, sewed ribbons, lace etc.
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hotrodhearts
hotrodhearts · San Diego, California, US
A combination of freezer paper stencils, tiedye, and Inkodye photo-sensitive dye! I just moved from Philadelphia to San Diego, and would love to send some beachy bags home. Tiedye the bags mutiple shades of blue, then lay some shells out to expose the inkodye- the shell shapes will show the tyedie! Use the freezer paper and some fabric paint to personalize with names.. It'll be a great way to keep my homesick self busy, as well as a wonderful gift to send home!
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Ichigo M.
Ichigo M. · 13 projects
Wow, that's a lot of bags. I would embroider people's names on them, fill them with candy, and give them away as gifts. I would also label them with Sharpies and fabric paint, decorate, and fill with random craft items. (great for taking my crafts on the go!)
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cole
cole
I subscribe to this blog via Google Reader and when I saw this giveaway and the prompt, I took a few days to think of a creative use for these bags.

If you were to take a bag and fill it with dried lavender buds, cinch (and tie) the top closed, you'd end up with a fantastic sachet to tuck in a closet or in a drawer. To gift it, one could simply embroider a name using embroidery floss across the front. Sachets are useful, pretty and traditional. To re-activate the lavender, one only has to give the bag a squeeze, and each time the recipient will think of the gifter.
Because the bags are made of muslin, they will not hinder the fragrance given off by the lavender at all.
That's my suggestion! Thanks for sharing this with us.
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holycrow
holycrow · Sleepy Hollow, New York, US
I'm a bead junkie so I would have to do a nice scalloped bead edge after going crazy with Sharpie fabric markers.
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Angela F.
Angela F. · Martins Ferry, Ohio, US
I love them just as they are, but if I did anything I'd tea stain them. They'd be great with a little sprig of holly or pine and nothing else!
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Helen S.
Helen S. · Chippenham, England, GB
I would try tie dying them with bright colours and sewing peoples names on them, I work in a carehome so would give the residents one each to decorate as they choose
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caramelindadaymude
caramelindadaymude
I would draw and do embroidery on em and use them in place of wrapping paper for christmas presants.
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Mariana M.
Mariana M. · Chicago, Illinois, US
I would add fabric, rynestones, beads lots of trim
Sequins, fabric flowers, and paint an glitter to do disney princesses inspired or any character she picks My daughters can take them anywhere
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etchholden
etchholden · Wilmington, Delaware, US · 1 project
I would screen print on them and make them as give away bags for my items at craft sales.
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christele.brien
christele.brien
I work with mothers and children in Montreal, Mercier-Hochelaga Maisonneuve. I give my time to them by doing some bricolage with any type of medium, usually It's paper by doing origami. I will like to show them how to to some stiches, in french"Broderie",make this bag a personnel bag for secret little things.... Happy
Merci of this contest !
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Joanne N.
Joanne N. · Calgary, Alberta, CA · 39 projects
I would use it to help organize my craft supplies, a different bag for the different materials; a bag for ribbon, a bag for glue, a bag for scrap paper, etc. I'd decorate the bag using fabric paint, ribbon, and maybe even some sequins and buttons!
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Anja C.
Anja C.
I would have my kids decorate them and then lay them out for Santa before Christmas, with their wish list and a letter, asking the elves to use these instead of wrapping paper for our presents, to save trees. We would reuse them then next year and the year after etc.
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Judy
Judy · Berkeley, California, US · 37 projects
I would decorate them with lace, pearls, buttons, bows, tulle, etc. to make cute makeup/beauty bags that can be filled with gifts for friends!! like spa packages.
I would also dye them, and screen print/paint them to make goodie/treat bags for different holidays. Or to hold my stuff when I go to the beach. These would also be perfect as gift bags for homemade food Happy
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Sandra C.
Sandra C. · Seattle, Washington, US
I would embroider or freezer stencil the bags for a friend. I would highlight their different sizes by selecting an appropriate animal or word for each size. Example: mouse or minuscule on the smallest bag, then bunny or petite on the next, with whale or mammoth on the biggest.

Thanks for the chance to win!
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Laura
Laura · Chandler, Arizona, US · 133 projects
I would paint the bags and embroider names, messages, and maybe even some decorations to the bags and fill them with gifts to be given.
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Joe W.
Joe W. · Phoenix, Arizona, US · 12 projects
use all the different sizes for body parts of my Daughter's boyfrinds when she starts dating..*WICKED LAUGH* J/K
seriously would make nice gift bags that i would put christmas designs on and then handout to random strangers with gifts in them Happy
Linda F.
Linda F.
That is wickedly funny!
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Sandra L.
Sandra L. · Newark, California, US · 38 projects
I would definitely photo transfer onto all of them!!! Gel medium and stick any printed picture on, wait for it to dry, then rub off the paper! I would cover them with cute pictures of my friends and family and hand them out for christmas!
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Kathie
Kathie · Berlin, Berlin, DE · 9 projects
Oh, I would (ombre) dye them, draw with fabric colors, stamp on them, sew on applications (hm, maybe something using beads, too), and because there are hundred of them I would probably do all of these and more and make a series of blog posts about it. Ooh yes I already have 1000 ideas. Thanks for the inspiration Happy
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Misti W.
Misti W.
I'd never need wrapping paper again! I'd use them over the next several years to give presents to those I love, encouraging them to reuse the bags in a similar, or otherwise eco-conscious fashion.
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mimilover
mimilover · Amsterdam, North Holland, NL · 20 projects
I would dip them in water mixed with food colouring. Start with the lightest shade and then continue dipping until an almost black colour is the last dip at the bottom. I would preferably use Blue colouring, and then use acrylic to make stars or reindeer outlines. Green is of course also possible, and then with a christmas tree outline
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