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More Mini Purses!

My mom recently visited, and of course, I showed her the Mini Purse. She thought it was going to be much smaller! Well, the base for that bag measures 2″ x 3-3/4″.

Which of course, got me to wondering if I could make it smaller and would it work?

The Small Version

The first version I tried was to halve all the dimensions. This would also let me use the cute 6×6 DSP stacks (in every color!).

Base: 2″ x 2-7/8″, scored at 1/2″ on each side

DSP: 2″ x 6″

Handles: 1/2″ x 5″, scored down the middle, stopping 3/4″ from the ends

I found a couple of things with the side, triangular flaps:

  • Tear n Tape doesn’t work well to hold the flaps down, even if I fold them back and forth several times to break the fibers down (so they don’t try to flop open). I ended up using Multipurpose glue.
  • To form the sides, I found that I can get a neater corner if I put a bone folder at the corner on the inside, while trying to move the cardstock around on the outside.

(Ugh, I hate showing my fingers!)

This is a cute size to make for favors. It holds a Godiva truffle comfortably. The base for this bag measures 1″ x 1-7/8″.

The Medium Version

The small version was just a bit too small for my tastes, and a little bit hard to manipulate. I designed a medium version of the bag, by doing 3/4 of the dimensions of the original. (I did round up to the nearest 1/8″ for the base, cuz who likes working in 1/16″?)

Base: 3″ x 4-1/4″, scored at 3/4″ from each edge

DSP: 3″ x 9″

Handles: 1/2″ x 4-1/2″, scored in the middle, stopping 3/4″ from the ends

Oh, I do like this one!

This one is the perfect size for a few tea bags or Ghiradelli squares. The base measures 1-1/2″ x 2-3/4″.

Here are all three sizes together for comparision. Which one do you like best? I admit, I skewed the poll because I didn’t use the Bird Ballad paper on the small version. 🙂

They do nest into each other nicely, too. Currently storing them on my desk that way.