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Published on October 22nd, 2013 | by Cheryl Harwick


Distressed Sunflower Bag



Today I want to show you a distressed sunflower bag featuring Sizzix sunflower dies that are part of the Susan’s Garden collection.   I love flowers of all kinds, and I especially enjoy being able to create my favorites using various paper crafting techniques.

The Sizzix Susan’s Garden dies are very detailed, and sometimes those little pieces can be a little intimidating.  If you’ll invest a little time and patience, you’ll be able to create a beautiful flower too.  Be sure to go to the Sizzix website to download the instructions for creating the flower you’ve selected, along with the general directions.  Sizzix also has videos available, if that is an easier way for you to learn the techniques.

 Sizzix recommends a smooth cardstock for the flowers, but I wanted a vintage or distressed look.  I selected the Tim Holtz distress Core’dinations cardstock to achieve that look.  Even though it has a canvas finish instead of a smooth finish, it worked well for me.  Perhaps I did lose a little fine detail, but I liked the overall finished look.

The first step is to cut all of the pieces you’ll need.  Check the directions – you’ll need two of some of the pieces.   When I did my first flower, I also cut some practice pieces so I could work on the techniques.

Normally the next step would be to add some color at the base of the petals to add some depth and dimension.   For my flower, instead of adding color at the base, I removed a little color at the ends of the petals by sanding.  I also lightly sanded the edges of the leaves. This gave me the distressed or vintage look that I wanted.

Now it is time to shape and form the pieces.  The Sizzix website has great instructions for this, so I won’t repeat them here.  Although it takes a few minutes to work through each of the pieces, the techniques aren’t difficult.  Also it takes less time after the first few pieces, as you become more comfortable with the process.  You can see the basic techniques in this short video.

I think assembly is the fun part.  This is where the pieces come together to make a beautiful flower.  The key is to have good glue.  I used a tacky formula so that the pieces would stay in place quicker.  Again, refer to the Sizzix instructions for the detailed steps.  Note that for my flower, I added some extra petals to fill it out.  Another change I made was to add a little Flower Soft to the center of the flower (instead of the product Sizzix recommends).  The instructions are there to guide you through the basic process, and you can modify as you see fit to make your flower.  The beauty in nature is that no two flowers are exactly the same, and you’ll find the same is true of the flowers that you create.  The pieces are so adaptable, don’t be afraid to experiment and/or use the products you have on hand.   Here is a close-up view of the finished sunflower.


I purchased a pre-made bag.  To finish the bag, I added buttons around the outside band (I glued mine, but you could also sew them on), and then attached the sunflower.   The Saggy Baggy I used is just right for a pint-sized mason jar that could be filled with any kind of gift or treat.  All in all, an easy project – and who wouldn’t want to receive this as a gift!

Supply List:

Sizzix Susan’s Garden sunflower dies

Sizzix Susan’s Garden tool kit or similar

Yellow, green and brown cardstock – I used Tim Holtz distress Core’dinations paper in wild honey, crushed olive and walnut stain.

Glue – I used Scotch Quick-Dry tacky formula

Fine sandpaper

Flower Soft – nut brown

Saggy Baggy by Canvas Corp.  I chose burlap, but they have other canvas options available.

Buttons by Dress It Up – I selected the fall assortment.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


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About the Author

I have always enjoyed crafts of every kind! At an early age I learned to sew, knit, crochet and embroider. As long as I can remember there has been a project (or two or three!) that I am working on. I am a Certified Intermediate Copic Designer teaching participants how to effectively use their markers. For a number of years I have taught classes including counted thread embroidery (linen work and specialty stitches), soft sculpture and knitting. Being retired gives me the luxury of spending more of my time in the craft world.

  • Debbie M

    Love the vintage colors in the sunflower!

  • Cheryl Harwick

    Thank you!

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