Not your ordinary "Paper Bag"
Designed by Lori McClellan
Featuring Simple Stories - Generations, May Arts Sheer frayed flowers
1. I used an oatmeal box, but you could use any kind of box. Take your box apart and lay it out flat, (well as flat as you can get it). Cut it to the size you want. For the oatmeal box I used I just cut off the top flaps.
2. Adhere your paper to the inside of the box, you will need more than one cut of paper to fit the entire box, you can trim off the extra after it is all adhered to the inside of the box. I wanted a bit of the inside print to fold over the top edge in the front so I made sure the inside paper was about 1 1/2 inches taller than the box. I did not add paper to the inside flap parts, I covered them at the end. When the entire inside is covered, score and fold your paper at the fold parts.
|Showing the first sheet of patterned paper to the inside of the box.|
|This shows the paper that will fold over the front.|
3. Cover the front of the box with a coordinating paper. This time make sure you cover the flaps on the bottom of the box, and you don't have to go all the way to the top (because the other paper will fold over. Cut around the flaps as closely as you can.
4. Fold over the paper from the back and adhere to the front. Fold where the box is scored
|This shows the paper folded over and the flaps cut out.|
|This shows you an inch from the side fold and down about an inch and a half. When you sew the front, it will catch the ribbon and hold it secure.|
|Just remember to go slow. I had to start over a couple of times because the thread broke. When I went slow it was fine. Do not pay close attention to the sewing on my bag, it looks bad but we are just going to call this look "Shabby".|
|This is the inside of the flap. See how the paper meets in the middle and it is scored.|
|Sew it to the back of the bag.|
9. I used a sticker from the Simple Stories collection and a charm to make a mock snap. I used a magnetic closures on the bag and flap to hold the flap down.
|Sticker and Journey charm for the mock snap closure.|
10. Using hot glue, glue your box back together. Also cut a paper the same size as the bottom of the bag and adhere it to the bottom.
So there you have it. This is no ordinary paper bag. What would you use it for. An Easter purse, a lunch box, a scripture bag? Let me know how you would use it, and post pictures if you make one.