Thursday, December 8, 2011

Just How Do You Make Those Bags??

I have very busy getting ready for a craft fair which has totally gotten me in the Christmas spirit by the way.  I have made a LOT of little bags using my Art Philosophy cartridge.  You can make them in many different sizes.  I have been making them in 5" and 5 1/2" so that I can cut at least 2 to a page (12 x 12 paper). 

First, let me tell you what I'm talking about - the little purse on p. 23 of the booklet The keys to cut it are: A3 - shift - font layer - < Star1 >.   Here's a picture of it.

So you've cut out your cute little bag, now what do you do?? Well, put it together of course!

You will first need to fold along the scored lines. A great way to make the folds nice and even is to use a bone folder to really make the folds nice and crisp.

Once you've done that, you will need to glue it together. I've been using my Tombow Mono Adhesive and it's been working ... for now. I might end up needing to use some double-sided red-lined tape but for now the Tombow is working.

First glue the side tab and hold the sides together.

I used my Bone Folder to hold the sides down

Then pull each of the flaps at the bottom of the bag out. Apply adhesive to the "outside" of the side flaps (those are the smaller ones).

If you look closely, you can see adhesive on the left and right tabs

Then, turn the bag on it's side and glue the "inside" of only one of the long flaps.

Fold in the side flaps first, then the unadhered long flap, then the adhered flap.  Put the bag on your surface upright and use your bone folder to press on the inside of the bag. This will help to keep it all together.

Set is aside for a few minutes and you should be done!

That was it -- "easy peasy, lemon squeezy" as my Aunt says.
I hope this helps!

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