I love finding new and creative ways to give a little something to someone. My daughter is always asking me to make her something to take to school to give to her favorite teachers. I can tell you, it can be a little stressful coming up with new little gifts!
These cute and easy-to-make “Bag in a Box” treat holders are the perfect way to send some a little something to school! They are a decent size and would easily hold 2 smaller bottles of hand lotion.
Here are the supplies used in my project:
Color Me Eggcited digital kit by simply.scraps and Nikki Epperson
Miscellaneous Hybrid tools used in this project: Epson Matte Presentation paperSizzix Big Shot, Scallop circle and circle nestabilities, Cricut paper cutter, scissors, Tombow Adhesive runner, glue dots, pop dots for dimension, Scoring tool – I used a Scor-Pal, scallop edge punch, white gel pen, brads or eyelets, paper piercing tool, ink for edges, silver gel pen Stampin’ Up! clear buttons, embroidery floss, needle,
1. Open your photo editing program. Create a 5 1/2 x 11 new canvas – this will be the side of your bag. Copy and paste a digital paper of choice onto this canvas. Rotate and resize the paper to your liking. Choose the borderless printing option and print using your printer’s best setting. Cut/trim around edges. Set aside.
2. Create a second 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 blank canvas – this will be the bottom of your bag. Copy and paste a coordinating digital paper onto this canvas. Rotate and resize the paper to your liking. Print using your printer’s best setting. Cut/trim around edges.
3. Create a third 1 x 11 blank canvas – this will be the bottom edge of your bag. Copy and paste a coordinating digital paper onto this canvas. Rotate and resize the paper to your liking. Choose the borderless printing option and print using your printer’s best setting. Cut/trim around edges. Set aside.
4. Score at the 1″ mark along all four sides. Fold and crease. Cut on each vertical score line from the edge in to the horizontal score line (see my photo below).
5. Fold all 4 sides up to form the box and add a strong adhesive to all 4 small squares in the corners and press firmly to the inside surface of your box.
6. Working on the back of your cardstock piece that will form the sides of your bag, find the center of the top edge and punch a half circle. This is where the handles of your bag will be. I used my Big Shot and a small nestability circle die template to cut mine.
7. Adhere the cardstock piece around the sides of the bottom piece using a strong adhesive. Start by lining the front center of your cardstock to the center of a box side, then fold around the corners and overlap in the back – adhere. Leave the top of your bag “rounded” – do not crease.
8. Working with your 1 x 11 piece, use a scallop edge punch along one side. I used my Scor-bug to create a line of holes for faux stitching. I used a white gel pen to doodle a little dot in each of the scallops and to draw the stitching of my faux stitches.
9. Using your Tombow adhesive runner or glue of your choice, apply adhesive to the back of your scalloped border. Starting in the front center of your bag with the center of the border, match up the straight edge of your scalloped piece with the bottom of your bag. Wrap it around bottom of box so that it overlaps on the back.
This is what we have so far:
Now you can also punch your other 1/2 circle at the top by matching up the front of your bag with the back of your bag.
10. Next, using my Big Shot, I cut 2 circles of coordinating paper and then used a smaller sized die to “cut out” the center of my circles. these will form the handles of your bag. Adhere the handles in place – lining them up over top of the 1/2 circle notches at the top. Add a brads or eyelets on each side for extra reinforcement. Eye up where you would like to position your brads and mark on both handles. Use a small hole punch to create the holes for your brads.
11. I create the decoration for my bag by cutting a scallop circle and an inner white circle. I inked the edges of both using silver ink from Stampin’ Up!. I used a paper piercing tool to do a single punch in each of the scallops.
12. Using a silver glitter gel pen, I drew a dash line and dotted pattern around the inner circle.
13. The purple flower was a remnant from an artificial arrangement that I saved. To the center of the flower I added a punched cardstock circle, a large clear button, a smaller punched cardstock circle, and finally a smaller clear button. Using a needle, I threaded white embroidery floss down through the clear buttons and cardstock circles and back out the other hole. Remove the needle and tie the floss in a simple bow. Adhere all these layers on top of the scallop circle and white circle using strong glue.
14. Using my crop-o-dile, I punch large holes on each side of my scallop circle. Add pop dots to the back of your scallop circle cluster. Thread the ribbon through the holes, position on your bag and adjust to your liking. I chose to hold my ribbon in place using a brad through my ribbon on each side. You could tie a knot or bow to hold it there. Trim the ends of your ribbon to your liking.
15. Fill your bag and tie the handles together using ribbon. Trim the end of your ribbon.
There are a lot of different tutorials and templates on the internet for creating these Bags. They can be made for just about any occasion – birthdays, bridal showers, get well gifts, teacher’s gifts – the list goes on and on!
Hope you enjoyed my Easter project and give these bags a try. Explaining how I created mine was a lot harder than actually making the bag!!!
As always, if you have any questions about my project or any other project here at The Hybrid Chick, just leave a message in the comment section or post your question in the Hybrid Section at The Digichick.
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