Purse gift bag

Mnt 5 by lori brausen

This pretty little purse is very easy and uses a lunch bag for added space.

Base: Cut one piece of cardstock at 5 ½ x 4 ¼ inches, then cut the second piece at 6 ¼ x 5 ½ inches (score the 6 ¼ inch side at 2 inches).

Pretty Paper (two sided): Cut 2 pieces at 5 ¼ x 4 inches, then cut one piece at 1 ¾ x 5 ¼ inches. The small piece serves as the design for the “flap” of the bag. Adhere the designer paper to your base pieces.

Punch out 2 holes in the top of the cardstock flap…punch directly over the scored area. I used the smallest circle punch and just punched a little half moon on the top of the bag in two spots. This is used to thread the ribbon through (which serves as the handle for the bag). Cut a piece of ribbon around 6-7 inches (depending on how long you would like the handle to be). Thread each end through the holes on the top of the bag and secure them to the inside of the cardstock base.

Cut down a lunch bag to 4 1/4 inches. Secure the lunch bag to the inside of the larger piece of cardstock, below the flap, (covering up the ends of your ribbon). Then secure the other piece on top of the lunch bag so it fits under your flap.

Cut a bit of Velcro and place it in the middle of the flap (use the Velcro that already has adhesive on it).

Embellish the front of the bag. This design shows the large 2 3/8 inch scallop punch and extra large oval to embellish. Stamp some type of sentiment (Birthday, Christmas, etc.) onto the extra large oval. Add pearls, rhinestones, or brads for little bit of bling.

This project was presented at a demo only regional meeting in April 2013. It was Make n Take project #5.