The other day I came across a YouTube video by Sam Donald aka Pootles Papercraft who I met while at Stampin’ Up!’s annual convention last month. Sam creates very innovative 3-D items and this one was just too cute to pass up. The bag is inspired from the type of bags, the jewelry store, Pandora gives customers.
My daughter had a birthday party over the weekend and I immediately thought this bag would be perfect to hold a gift card inside. It was very easy to make. FYI, I did use some retired product (DSP and ribbon) while making this project. Any of the DSP in the current annual catalog would be a fabulous choice to replicate this bag.
Following are the directions:
Step 1: Cut a piece of card stock or DSP 8 x 11.
Step 2: Place paper with 11″ side laying horizontally. Score at 4.75″ and 6.25″.
Step 3: Rotate paper with 8″ side laying horizontally. Score at 1.5″ and 6.5″.
Step 4: Before creasing the lines with bone folder, fold top pieces and make sure they’re lined up perfectly. Use a 1/2″ circle punch, center punch in between the edges and punch a circle.
Step 5: Crease all the folds with a bone folder.
Step 6: Place the 11″ side horizontally and cut the small rectangle on both sides up to score line. After you’ve cut on either side, make a small notch on both sides to allow it to fold nicely together. Repeat on opposite side of paper.
Step 7: Place Sticky Strip or use Fast Fuse and put two pieces on the small flaps you just cut. Also, put two pieces on the end panels that will be the front of the bag.
Step 8: Match the bottom edge of the small flaps with the back panel and press together.
You should have a nice flush edge which creates a nice bottom for the bag.
Step 9: Match the panels from the front side to the back panel. Make sure they’re matching up perfectly before pressing together.
Step 10: Pinch the sides together to give it a “Pandora bag” look. You may notice in the picture above two smaller holes on either side of the 1/2″ circle. Originally I tied ribbons to make a bag handle but didn’t care for the look and removed them.
Step 11: Take a good length piece of ribbon (enough to tie a bow with tails) and thread through front and back 1/2″ hole.
Step 12: Bring the ribbon over the back side of bag and thread through the front hole again. Carefully tie a knot and bow. Don’t pull too hard, the paper could rip. Also, if the ribbon is too tight the back side won’t line up at the top.
Step 13: I decided to use the Amazing Birthday stamp set to create a banner for the front of the bag. I made a few changes during the process and finally decided on using Crisp Cantaloupe card stock to make the banner.
Step 14: Stamp the sentiment, use a variety of circle and scallop circle punches to make a cute focal image. Stamp and cut out some of the words for a sentiment, use Stampin’ Dimensionals and SNAIL to put banner together and you end up with a very cute but unique gift bag.
Give this bag a try. You will have fun creating it and just as fun giving it to the special person who you made it especially for.