Tuesday 11 September 2012

The Paper Players #PP112 - Mini Bag

I found a great tutorial by Silvey Shim on how to make a mini bag using a 11" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock.

I have adapted the measurements to use an A4 piece of cardstock with measurements of 11" x 8 1/4".  I followed Silvey's tutorial on how to fold the basic mini bag.  I have given the measurements that I used and details on how I decorated my mini bag at the end of this post.

The challenge this week at  The Paper Players  is to create a paper project using the colours of Basic Gray, Baja Breeze and Basic Black.  My first thought as usual was to make a card, but then I wanted to try to make the mini bag, so here it is.

Bag closed.

Bag open, showing the inside of the handles.
Measurements for basic mini bag

11" x 8 1/4" piece of Basic Black cardstock
Score on the 11" edge at 3/4", 4 1/2", 6 1/2" and 10 1/4".
Score on the 8 1/4" edge at 1 7/8" and 6 3/8"

Follow Silvey's tutorial on how to fold and put the mini bag together.


Base Mat and DSP

4 1/4" x 3 1/2" Basic Gray cardstock - 2 pieces (one for each side)
4 1/8" x 3 3/8" Basic Gray Strip DSP from Neutrals Designer Sieries Paper Stack - 2 pieces

Adhere to sides of mini bag.

Centre Piece on Base Mat and DSP

3 5/8" x 2 1/8" Basic Gray cardstock
3 1/2" x 2" Basic Black cardstock - this is embossed using the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.

Adhere to base mat and DSP.

Top of Purse

4 1/2" x 1 1/2" Baja Breeze cardstock - 2 pieces, scored at 3/4", border punch with Scallop Trim Border Punch and emboss with Pefect Polka Dots embossing folder.  Fold on score line and adhere to top of purse sides.


8 1/2" x 3/4" Basic Black cardstock - 2 pieces

Measure in 1/2" from purse top sides to position the outside edge of the purse handle.  Adhere to the inside of the top of the purse with sticky strip, making sure that the handles are the same length.  I lined mine up with the bottom edge of the piece of Baja Breeze.   For extra strength I put a brad through each of the handles as well.  The brads are hidden on the inside by flowers made using the Floral Fusions Die.  The brads on the outside of the purse are hidden by Basic Gray buttons from the Neutrals Designer Buttons, a piece of Linen Thread is threaded though the buttons before adhering down.


Cut 2 pieces of Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon 9 3/4".  Adhere this to the top of the bag just under the top fold and the Baja Breeze top piece.  Make a ribbon bow and adhere using a glue dot.  Make sure that the ribbon join is at the front in the middle as the bow hides the join.


The flowers are made using the Floral Fusions Sizzlits die, Baja Breeze and Basic Gray cardstock and the four petal punch from the Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack and Basic Black cardstock and Basic Jewel Rhinestones.

You need to make six flowers for the outside of the mini bag and four flowers for the inside handles.  I did not put rhinestones on the inside handle flowers.

To finish

To close the mini bag I have used a black velcro dot.


  1. Carolyn this is adorable, such lovely colours and beautifully finished. Thank you for sharing all the "How To" details, l appreciate you going into so much detail.

  2. Carolyn, this is beautiful!!! What a lovely bag! Thanks for the link too! I'll have to give this one a go very soon. Thanks for sharing and thanks for joining us at the Paper Players!

  3. What a gorgeous bag! I love all the details you added to make it extra special. Covering the handles on the inside is such a great finishing touch and I love your use of the floral fusion die. So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

  4. Wow, thanks for all the info on making the bag...this is super cute! Love the flowers and embellishments...ribbon, buttons, pearls, embossing! This is a true labor of love, how sweet! Thanks for sharing it with us this week at Paper Players!

  5. Oh my gosh this is gorgeous!! I love every little thing about it! Thoae flowers look fabulous as your focal point and the buttons are the perfect touch. Thanks for playing along with the Paper Players this week!

  6. This bag is super cute. Silly question though: Why did you change from the 8 1/2" x 11" dimension to the 8 1/4" x 11?