If you're like me and love browsing pretty papers, then I have no doubt you will enjoy making these.
This is my favorite summer craft project for 2012!
You may remember last summers craft adventure making lined envelopes.
You will need.
- Pretty paper of your choice and size
- rick-rack scissors
- regular scissors
You may wish to have a brown paper bag around as a template or guide so that you will know where to make folds in the bag. Not necessary, but a helpful tool.
Also start with a piece of paper you're not fond. I found after making the first one, the second was much easier. In other words, no bad cuts or folds.
I used 8.5 x 11 size sheets of paper from a sampler pack but you can make your bag from just about anything. Including newspaper, wall paper, wrapping paper, etc.
On a flat surface turn the paper so that the back is facing you. Fold right side over approximately 2 inches and then fold left side of paper to over lap the right side, I'd say 1/2 inch or so. Don't cut or glue, just fold.
With your middle of your bag folded, fold bottom towards top of bag approximately 1/2 inch. You will need to reinforce folds each time.
You should now have made three folds, right?
Now the top. You're almost done! Unfold the paper completely and with your rick-rack scissors cut across the top of the paper making sure to cut a straight line.
Fold fresh cut once again to form your line and cut down 1/2 inch or less with regular scissors. Continue cutting along folded line below rick-rack cut.
Glue along all folds, including bottom fold both on back of bag and in between the folded pieces.
You now have a custom paper bag. They should look something like these.