Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Birdie Gift Bags

This is a fun craft because you don't need any special tools or machine to do them. You have a pattern for the bag & The band. Cut them out using contransting card stock.

Here is what I chose. This would be a great way to use up some of the scraps you have saved.
You can use any large punch thay you have on hand. I used a large Fisker punch "A Little Birdie Told Me" .

Next you need to use your pattern and mark the places you have to score. I used my Martha Stewart Scoring board (I LOVE THIS TOOL!) If you don't have a scoring tool of some kind, you can use a scoring knife and a ruler.

Score both the bag and the strap as shown

Fold where you have score lines. Fold like fan shape on each side so you will end up with that inward crease like a paper bag has.

The bag should look simular to this when you glue it together.

Now you can glue the band around the center of your bag as I have done. The ends should be in the back side of your bag.

Now take your Bird or what ever shape you choose and use a foam square to attach to the center of your band on the front of your bag. This will give the design some cool 3-demensional look. Then I took some flowers cut with my Cricut and Plantin Schoolbook cartridge at 1 1/4 inches and used another foam square. You can use any flower punch small enough to fit in the center of you central shape (Mine was Fisker punch "A Little Birdie Told Me" ).

I also cut some 3/4 inch circles with the same cartridge and used adhisive dots to attach the buttom to the circle and then the circle to the flower. You can use a circle punch.

Here is what the finiched project looks like.

I loved making these. Thanks goes out to Valerie Salmon of Fiskars, Inc. For the pattern. They are just too cute! And you know you can use what ever theme you want and create these for any occasion. Hope you enjoyed this.
Marye Bird