After making several gift bags with a floral theme, one of my daughters said, “Make a guy one, Mom, and make it blue!” I replied, “Are we talking about a gift bag, or are we talking about the movie with the blue people?” LOLs…Well, I remember that Laurie Furnell had some gorgeous masculine graphics released in the May PCHugclub, and I also have some coordinating cardstock, so I said, “Sure, why not?” So, here’s what I came up with:
… and here are the step-by step instructions with pics:
1. First grab a paper lunch bag and measure how wide it is. (Don’t have a lunch bag on hand? Make it yourself with these instructions.)
2. Use this measurement to adjust the size of the Gift Bag Body template so that the base – the short side – is the same as the width of the lunch bag (scroll down to my May 26, 2010 entry to download the template if you haven’t done that yet). While adjusting the size of the template, make sure to keep proportions of the template by holding the shift key down (if using the digital template). If you traced the image with SCAL2 or MTC, make sure that the “keep proportions” box is checked before changing the size of the cutting file. Don’t forget to adjust the size of the Gift Bag Handle template also.
3. Cut two pieces of the Gift Bag Body, two pieces of the Gift Bag Handle and two 1-inch wide strips from cardstock of your choice.
4. Glue the handle and the 1-inch strip to the gift bag body – I use rubber cement so that the paper will not wrinkle. Trim excess paper when necessary.
5. Cut the top of the lunch bag so that it is about a half- inch below the handle opening.
6. Glue each bag piece to the lunch bag. Embellish as you wish (refer to the picture on top for the final “look”).