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.