If you have time go and put the kettle on for a cuppa before you start to read this post as its quite long and there are a lot of pictures too.
Take a 12" x12" sheet of paper and cut to 9" x 12"
score at 5" and 7" then turn and score at 2"
I used Pacific Point DSP
Crease the score lines and cut the score lines as shown.
Cut the 3" x 12" strip to 3" x 9"
score at 1/2" and 21/2" turn and score at 2"
trim away the outer 1/2" pieces as shown
Place sticky strip along the score lines as shown.
Fix the side panel to main the piece one side at a time.
Fold the flaps at the base and use tombow adhesive to close them
your basic bag is almost complete.
Lightly pinch the top creasing the sides into shape.
Using the crop-o-dile punch holes ready for the ribbon handles.
I used Jumbo Eyelaets for interest and to make the handle support stronger.
Take 30cm of ribbon for each handle and thread through the eyelets
tie in a knot inside the bag.
This is my completed bag with a decorative panel layered with Real Red, basic Grey and Very Vanilla. I have used the Polka Dots embossing folder on half of the Very Vanilla card so I could stamp on the plain side. I used the All in the Family stamp set, coloured with the marker pens, the sentiment is from Just Believe stamp set, punched and layered with the Word Window and Decorative Label punch.
I would love to see what you make, please link back to my blog to say where you found my tutorial, thank you, have fun and enjoy creating.