Saturday, May 28, 2011

Mini Purse Giftbag Tutorial

Hi there!

I'm trying to catch up on some of the things we've done in the last couple of months.  Back in April, the girls' elementary school sponsored a craft/rummage sale fundraiser, and my mom and I participated.  As happens to me prior to EVERY craft sale, a couple of days before the sale, I start feeling the frantic urge to add to my stock, as I'm usually caught up on projects for gifts, not for sale.

This time was no exception, so I made 26 of these gift bags, which I was shown at a MOPS craft day.  The supplies you need are:

  • a lunch bag size paper bag
  • scrapbook paper
  • colored card stock
  • ribbon
  • self adhesive Velcro dot
  • glue
  • embellishment for the flap
To begin, take your paper bag and fold down the flap to meet with the bottom edge of the bag.  Cut the bag 4 inches tall from the bottom of the flaps.

Cut your scrap book paper into 3 pieces: 2 of them 4" x 6", and one 1 1/2" x 5".  Cut your colored card stock into 2 pieces:  one 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", 6 1/4" x 5 1/2".  This is what you should have:

Take the larger of your colored card stock pieces, and score it cross ways 1 3/4" down from the top edge.  Fold along the score line.

Glue your scrapbook paper pieces to your cardstock pieces, keeping even colored margins around each pieces.  Pay attention to the patterns if they are directional or continuous patterns.  Your folded piece will be the back of the bag, but the flap will be on the front.

Now it's time to attach the colored papers to the paper bag.  I used white glue, thinned with a little bit of water, and a sponge brush.  It seemed to work really well.  Be sure to leave an evenly spaced colored border around the bag, and to line up the edges of the front and back pieces.

Punch 2 evenly spaced holes in the fold of your cardstock.  Thread your ribbon through, and knot the ends.  Make sure you use the smallest hole punch you can find, or your knots will have to be huge!

Center a Velcro dot on the front of the bag, and center the corresponding piece on the flap.  In order to make this a little easier, I stuck the two dots together, peeled off the paper backing, and attached the first dot to the bag.  Then, I closed the flap, pressing it down on the sticky part of the other dot.

Close the flap, and add the embellishment of your chose to the flap, just over the Velcro dot.  Some ideas are buttons, jewels, stickers, etc.

When you open up the bag, you have a gift bag that looks like a small purse, and is just right for a small gift.

These projects are easy, inexpensive, and limited only by what is available at your local craft store.  And, as you can see, they are easy to do on a large scale!

Have fun, and I'll be back soon with another idea!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing.


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