Tuesday, June 30, 2009

...Treat Purse Tutorial

This purse was shown to me just this past week by my good friend, Lois Billadeau. I just had to try to make one...and I fell in love with it! I know you will, too!

Treat Purse Tutorial

Scor-Pal (or cutter with scoring blade)
Patterned Papers
Ribbon {~10" long}
Medium Paper Lunch Bag {4-1/8 x 7-3/4}
Adhesive or Glue
1/8" Hole Punch
Magnetic Closure or Velcro Dot
Mat Pack & Paper Piercer (optional)
Sizzlets Dies (optional)
Sizzix Big Shot (optional)
Brad (optional)
Scallop Edge Punch (optional)
Sponge Dauber (optional)


Step 1:
Cut top off of lunch bag so that the bag height measures 4-1/4". Dispose of top portion.

Step 2:
Fold flap on the base of the bag in half and crease, so that the front and back of the bag are completely flat.

Step 3:
Cut cardstock to 5-3/4" x 4-1/4". Layer with patterned paper that has been cut to 5-1/2" x 4". Attach with adhesive. This will be the back panel for your purse.

Step 4:
Flip the back panel patterned paper side down, then score one end at 1-1/4" {I placed mine at the 3" mark on the Scor-Pal, so that I could score at 4-1/4"}.

Step 5:
Fold at the score line to create the flap that will go over the top of your bag, and attach to the front. ***You may want to use a bone folder to make a crisp fold.

Step 6:
Using a 1/8" hole punch, punch a hole {one on each side} to allow the ribbon ends to be pulled through to create the purse handle. ***Be sure to place the holes far enough down the back of the panel so the ribbon cannot be seen once the bag is in place.

Step 7:
Adjust your purse handle to the desired length, then attach the ends to the inside of the back panel with adhesive. You can also tie off the ends of you use a smaller width of ribbon.

Step 8:
Completely cover one side of the lunch bag with adhesive, and attach to the inside of the back panel making sure to hide the ribbon ends.

Step 9:
Cut another piece of cardstock to 4-1/2" x 4-1/4". Layer with a coordinating piece of patterned paper that measures 4-1/4" x 4" with adhesive. This is the front panel of the purse.

Step 10:
Completely cover the other side of the lunch bag with adhesive, and attach the front panel making sure to line it up with the bottom portion of the back panel. {I stood mine upright to line the bottoms of both panels correctly}.

You are free to stop here, and add a magnetic closure or velcro dot to the flap...the rest of the steps are optional. However, if you wish to use a stamped image or diecut image, you will need to create the additional panel.

Step 11:
Cut a piece of coordinating cardstock to 4-1/4" x 1". Center cardstock using the guidelines at the base of the Scallop Edge Punch. Punch the entire length of the cardsotck moving it as needed. This allows for the ends of the scalloped piece to match.

Step 12:
Attach the scalloped strip to the bottom side of the flap on the back panel of the purse using adhesive.

This is how the flap should look after the scalloped piece has been added.

Step 13:
Cut coordinating cardstock to create the focal panel measuring as follows, and attach with adhesive: Bottom layer = 3-1/2" x 3", Middle layer = 3-3/8" x 2-7/8", Top layer = 3-1/4" x 2-3/4"

Step 14:
Pierce the edges of the focal using a Mat Pack and Paper Piercer

Step 15:
Flip panel over, and place three Dimensionals across the very top of the back of the panel. Attach the panel to the flap.

Step 16:
Create the three varying sized flowers by using the "Birds & Blooms" Sizzlets set along with the Sizzix Big Shot.

Step 17:
Sponge the edges of the flowers using a Sponge Dauber and the same ink color as the flower cardstock.

Step 18:
Attach the flowers from largest to smallest using Dimensionals. Create a hole in the center of the smallest bloom using a Paper Piercer making sure to pierce through all layers. Place a Brad through the hole, and secure it.

Step 19:
Tie a length of ribbon around the bottom of the focal panel.

Step 20:
Attach the flower to the focal panel using Dimensionals {I used three}.
Step 21:
Attach a velcro dot to the bottom side of the focal panel so that it also attaches to the front panel of the purse base.

This is how the purse should look once completed.

This is how the purse should look from the side once the lunch bag is opened.

Now it's your turn! Please leave a comment including a link to your purse if you happen to give this tutorial a try...I would love to see what you come up with. Thanks for stopping by today, and be sure to check back here tomorrow to see my Stamp Sale items. Happy crafting!


Danni said...

This is awesome! and what a great tutorial! Love it!

Stamping Mutt said...

Mercy: Very pretty! Thanks for posting the tut...always looking for different kinds of treat bags!

Alma =)

Kerrie said...

What a great idea, must give this ago, with all the girls in my family, they would love gift in one of these. So thankyou

Pam Varnell said...

This tutorial was worth every minute you put into it girl. It is awesome and you laid all the details out to make it look so easy. I know this was a tremendous amount of work but I appreciate you making it so easy for me to duplicate one of these cute purses. Can't wait to make one. Your sample is gorgeous.

Carol said...

AWEsome!!! I love the sponged flowers.. i always forget to sponge them!! They have so much dimension to them!!
What a GREAT tutorial!

Cindy Haffner said...

Oh my goodness, how cool is this. Wonderful job, i love it!!! Hugs Cindy xxoo

Amy said...

I am sooo making one of these! Thanks for the tute, Mercy!

Nancy ~ Inkcicles said...

So cool!!!! Thanks for the tutorial!


Denise said...

OMGosh! This is so cute! Can't wait to give this a try- thanks for the great tutorial! :)

Nancy Riley said...

Neat project, Mercy! Great job with the tutorial!!!

Viv said...

Two fabulous cards and project since my last visit! Three for the price of one! WHAT a great trio too!
LOVE them all Mercy, but that 'Clean and Simple' is just that bit extra special. Stunning!
Hugs Viv xx

Elena said...

Very beautiful purse, Mercy! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful tutorial!