Clothespin Crosses and Easy Treat Bags

Hi Everyone!

This is an easy but heartfelt project for Easter.  It is always fun to have the bunnies, chicks, eggs and flowers; all of the symbols of new life, but I wanted to remember the Author of Eternal Life.  So, I created these clothespin crosses:

The crosses can be clipped on whatever you would like, but here is an easy treat bag that is 3 1/2″ by 1″ by 4″ tall.  Take a 5″ by 9 1/2″ piece of patterned paper that you like, and score the long side at 3 1/2″, 4 1/2″, 8″ and 9″.  Turn the short side up (the bottom to the left guide) and score at 1″.  The 1/2″ section on the end is the glue tab, so cut away the bottom 1″ rectangle of that section.  Free up the remaining bottom flaps.  Glue the side together, then the bottom by folding the sides, back, and gluing the front flap.  Pinch the sides to create a pleat at the top.

For the topper, I used a stitched rectangle that was 3 1/2″ wide by 2 1/4″ tall, but you could use a piece of card stock the same size.  Score the short side at 1″.  The 1 1/4″ part is the front, decorate as desired.  Then, align and glue the 1″ section to the back.  Now for the cross…

I used clothespins that I bought at Walmart, which where about 3″ long, and 3/8″-ish wide.  While I used some in their natural color, I also dyed them by various means.  In the video I show the color differences between soaking in RIT fabric dye, soaking in alcohol ink, coloring with Sharpie markers and coloring with alcohol ink markers.  Experiment, you get a bunch for the money, then use what you like.

Then, I cut and dry embossed 3/8″ strips of “cross colored” card stock.  I started with 5″+ strips, lined them up in the embossing folder, and then cut them to length after they were embossed.  I found that embossing a piece of card stock, then trying to cut it into strips, didn’t work as well because the texture prevented me from getting good cuts.  Glue a 3″ piece to the clothespin, trim the ends as needed.  Then glue a 2″ piece for the cross beam.  Decorate as desired, and clip to what you want!

I used supplies on hand, including leaf dies of unknown origin, fabric drape from Taylored Expressions “Old Rugged Cross” dies, stamps from Stampin’ Up! Easter Message and Itty Bitty Greetings, and SU Triple Leaf and Petite Petal Flower punches.  The “crown of thorns” is jute cord, and the flower center is a Recollections glitter dot from Michael’s.

I hope you enjoy this project and give it a try.  Until we meet again, may your days be blessed!  Smiles, Darby