Someone on Splitcoaststampers mentioned that she made a mini purse out of the new Magnolia Lane DSP. I have never successfully made a cute one before, so I thought I’d also give it a try. (Of course, I did not look at her instructions…)
I used the (second popular) Bird Ballad DSP. For the base and handles, I used Pool Party cardstock.
It turns out, this is a really good size to hold the mini cards I showed you a couple of days ago. (Yes, envelopes for them would fit, too. I was too lazy to pull them out for the picture.) It measures about 4″ x 3-3/4″ x 2″. You could put a gift card, too, but you should use some tissue.
Want to try this out, too? Here’s what you need:
- DSP: 4″ x 12″ (watch pattern)
- Cardstock: 4″ x 5-3/4″, scored 1″ from each edge
- Cardstock: 3/4″ x 8-1/2″, scored down the middle, stopping 1″ from each end
- Tear n Tape
For your DSP, make sure to notice any direction to the pattern. If the 12″ side of the piece is going left-right, the pattern should be right side up. Put a strip of Tear n Tape along the bottom edge, on the right side of the sheet.
On the short sides, I put Tear n Tape on the right hand side with pattern facing up. On the left hand side, Tear n Tape is on the back side.
To prep the handles, use your bone folder to curl the middles. On the back side, put Tear n Tape to either side of the score line.
Remove backing from Tear n Tape, and fold the halves onto themselves. The fold will naturally create a taper down to the unscored ends.
Put tape onto the back sides of the ends of each handle.
To prep the base, first fold on all score lines.
Fold up one of the long sides. Bring a side square around to the short side, matching up score lines, and creating a diagonal fold. Use your bone folder to crease firmly.
Bring the other corner around on the same short side.
Bend the resulting triangle back and forth a bit to break down the fibers in the creases. This will help the triangle fold up at the end.
Repeat for the other side.
Now, we can start to assemble the bag.
Open up your base. Peel the backing off partially along the long edge of the DSP. Line up the “left” side of the DSP with one long side of the base, just above the crease.
Optional step: Before removing more of the Tear n Tape liner on the DSP, do a “dry run assembly” of the next edge. Lightly crease the DSP in the first corner. This will help the DSP make full contact with the base on the second side, but is not completely necessary.
Fold up the right hand side of the base, and remove the rest of the backing on the bottom DSP edge. Carefully fit the DSP around the first corner, then fit along the rest of the bottom edge.
Remove the backing on the sides of the DSP, fold up the last side, and glue the edges of the DSP together.
Liberally add Tear n Tape to the triangle flaps of the base.
Remove liner and fold flap up. The seams of the base will be hidden!
Remove liner from the handle tabs. Carefully position and adhere handles.
The bag is now finished and ready to be filled! And gifted!