Today's gift tags are inspired by THESE Bear Hugs Ornaments I made during the holiday season. I love the Essentials By Ellen Bear Hugs bear so much that I'm finding ways to make felt ornaments year round just by changing up the accessories, colors, and what the bear is holding! Just like the holiday felt plush ornaments I added perfectly matching gift tags with the coordinating All Inside Stamp Set. Simply remove the paper tag and the recipient is left with an adorable plush ornament decoration! I pulled out all the stops with these: they are stuffed with polyester fiberfill, I sewed on sequins/beads, additional felt pieces were added and I even made heart-shaped paper tags that can be removed after the gift has been given so that the bear can be an ornament or decoration.
V I D E O T U T O R I A L
To watch the creation of these valentines bear hugs felt plush gift tags from start to finish, click HERE or watch below:
Each felt bear was created using the following:
- Cut two of the Bear Hugs bear shape using Marshmallow, Heather White, or Heather Gray felt.
- Cut arms with the Bear Hugs dies using matching felt.
- Cut nose with the Bear Hugs dies using black felt.
- Cut hearts with the Candy Hearts dies using Red Hot, Cherry Blossom, and Pink Sherbert felt. (use the little mini hearts for cheeks and backside of the bears)
- Cut hair bows with the Put A Bow On It dies using Red Hot, Cherry Blossom, and Pink Sherbert felt.
- Cut hearts for backside with the Tiny Gift Box Raccoon and Fox Add On dies.
Eyes were created with french knots and a mouth was backstitched with black embroidery floss. The mouth was also stitched with black embroidery floss.
The Candy Hearts were stitched together and then hot glued to the front of each bear front.
Sequins and seed beads were stitched to the hearts the bears are holding for extra embellishment.
The bears were stitched back to back, twine was sandwiched between the layers, and stuffed with polyester fiberfill.
Bows from the Put A Bow On It were hot glued together and then hot glued to the top of each bear's head.
The arms were stitched at the sides and hot glued over the present and tree to secure them to the front.
For the matching gift tags, the Mama Elephant Scallop Tags Trio were used to die cut a Bristol Smook Cardstock tag for the front and a smoke gray cardstock tag for the back.
The bear from the All Inside Stamp Set was stamped on each white tag, the arms were masked, and a heart was stamped in the arms of each bear. The masks were removed and the images were colored in with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
I used the following color combinations:
- Bear: 091 Light Gray, 201 Pink Haze, 999 Blender
- Hearts: 022 Carmine Red, 021 Light Carmine, 202 Peach Pink, 200 Sugared Almond Pink, 201 Pink Haze
A black pen was used to add detail to the eyes and nose. A white pen adds highlight to the nose.
On the gray cardstock back of each tag, a sentiment from The Stamp Market Bear Hugs Stamp Set was stamped with clear embossing ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder.
The tags were threaded onto the twine and the twine knotted to secure each paper tag to the felt tag.
S U P P L I E S
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