Thursday, May 7, 2015

Gift Bag Paper Purse with Cards!

Welcome Stampin' Friends!
You've probably seen these sweet bags all over social media! Although they've been around for years, I finally made one...and couldn't stop!
They are addicting and pretty easy to create. Also a great way to use up your Designer Series Paper before the new catalog launches and we all replenish with new goodies! These are my version. 

Paper Purse Gift Bag

1 piece 3” x 6-1/2”cardstock for bottom 
2 pieces 4” x 8” pieces of  DSP 
2 pieces 1” x 8” cardstock
2 pieces ¾” x 8” cardstock for bag handles.

Step 1: Score the 3” x 6-1/2” piece of cardstock at 1/2” on all four sides. Make a cut from the outside edge to the inner score mark on the 2 opposite sides. Fold the flaps up and use sticky strip to assemble the base of bag.

Step 2: Place Sticky Strip along the bottom (8”) edge of one of the 4” x 8” pieces of DSP. Do the same for the other 4” x 8” piece but also put strips along sides as show in photo. 

Step 3: Cut two 1” x 8” strips of coordinating cardstock and use Eyelet Border punch along each strip for purse trim. Place Sticky Strip along entire length of each strip and adhere trim pieces to each of the 4” x 8” pieces of DSP as shown. 

Step 4: Take the 4” x 8” piece of DSP that only has the Sticky Strip across one edge and adhere along the longer edge of the bag base (being careful to center the piece so it wraps evenly around each side section. Take the other 4” x 8” piece of DSP and do the same on the other side and overlap the 1st piece along the sides. 

To create handles:
  • 2 pieces of cardstock 3/4" x8 "
  • Round each end using the small oval punch
  • Score in half the long way, leaving about 1 1/2" un-scored at each end.
  • Add Sticky Strip and fold to close only on scored line.
  • Shape the ends as shown with your fingers by holding the closed part and fold the ends down to get that little bending which flattens the ends and makes attaching to purse easy. 
  • Punch or pierce a hole at each end.
  • "Round" using a bone folder.
  • Attach the handles to purse using Multipurpuse glue. Press with fingers until they hold.
  • Using the already pierced holes, pierce again going through the purse. 
  • Insert a brad in all four holes and close on the inside of bag.
To cover the back of the brads, I attached (2) 8" x 3/4" pieces of cardstock. Not necessary, but gives your purse a more finished look. 
Try making one! Search Pinterest for templates and videos. Pick one that works for you. There are many out there and different ways to add the handles. 

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