Exacto knife and paper is all you need to make a quick, cute and quite strong gift bag…
The pattern for this came from ohappyday.com where they are intended as brown paper picnic snack bags but they are far too cute to stay in brown paper.
I started by downloading the template from the diy picnic basket post. It makes a quarter of the template needed so should be placed on a larger piece of paper folded in four to get the whole template. You can just cut round the folded paper with an exacto knife. Or you could follow their instruction to rotate and trace the template, but I found that a longer process.
I decided to trace mine on some wallpaper remnants – only 50pence in the end of line box at B&Q. This made for an even stronger bag and handle than a brown paper version.
Once the shape is cut, the side flaps are folded in and round and the handles are just threaded through the slits in the flap and the bag pulls together. So satisfying.
I couldn’t resist embellishing with a cheater’s ribbon made from three strips of the paper scraps – yes this was taped together and stuck on the bag. But tags tied around the handle would look good too.
The first bag was filled with shredded paper, the second one had its handles clipped together with a mini peg which pushed out the sides to make more of a handbag shape. Oh this is addictive.
Buoyed by success I then scaled the template down to make a mini bag from a piece of unloved 12”x12” paper.
Even cuter. Can’t recommend this highly enough.
I followed a scan n cut you tube idea to create some home made decor this year. A modern version of paper chains!
For a Christmas themed garland you will need to cut out an assortment of paper snowflakes in different sizes. I used a selection of papers and wish I had chosen doubled sided stuff as the garland twists a little in use.
if you don’t have a cutting machine folding the paper and hand cutting is an option if you have the time (or child labour!)
at the sewing machine pull a long tail of thread through then sew a long straight stitch through the centre of the first flake. (I used a white thread as most of the papers were pale or had white in but a contrast thread in a decorative stitch might be fun).
Be brave, go straight off the end of the flake and sew a few stitches in the gap before you put the next snowflake through. This creates a chain for your garland. You can overlap a few flakes or stitch a small one on top of a larger one as well.
Continue for the length you wish and leave a long tail of thread at the end for tying.
Easy to recreate for Valentines, Spring, Easter, Birthday, Halloween or Anniversary versions …
Tip: remember that paper will blunt your machine needle
a little bit of geometry from wiki how and some pretty paper, add a charity shop glass with a battery tea light and another creation is finished!
Paper choice dictates the look – which here is a bit twee, but I can foresee a production line being created with i.e. music paper for different decor styles as gifts
First the cutting: on the reverse of an A4 sheet of patterned paper mark 2/3rds along the bottom long side(x). Draw a dotted line 110 degrees up. Set circle cutter (or compass) to double the diameter of your glass- mine typically 7cm – so circle cutter set to 14cm. With x as the centre of the circle, make the first arc from dotted line to base of paper. Next set the circle cutter or compass to the height of shade you want – mine 32 cm – and cut the second arc from dotted line to base again. Cut out your shape as shown above.
Stick the cone into shade shape with double sided tape then embellish or not as you choose