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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bag Topper

Howdy friends,
I wanted to share a quickie project today. I like embellishing my own bags & adding a bag topper is like icing on the cake.

Here's the bag:
As you can see, it's a plain kraft gift bag with some simple embellishment. I used some scraps left from my Calendar Cube project ;) but what's cool is the bag topper!


It slides right off the handles, so the recipient doesn't have to tear open the bag, but the contents are nicely hidden.

Here's a peek from the top:


Here's a quickie how-to:
First, measure the length of your bag since bags are slightly different. Leave 1/4" extra on each side.

Cut a cardstock piece the length you just measured that when folded in half, will be long enough to punch a decorative border & overhang the front & back.

Then make pencil marks on your cardstock on the OUTSIDE of the handles. You'll want to move your marks 1/8th inch past the handles so that it slides easily over the handles.

I used my word window punch to trim in between those pencil marks. You can also use a craft knife.

Here's what it will look like:
Then you simply slide the handles through the opening & your bag topper is in place :)

We have a new teacher in the Spanish Department who has survived her first month of school so we're adding some goodies in the bag to celebrate!

I have a variation on this so I'll share that next time!
Hope these directions were OK & that you give this a go. I should have thought of making a tute while making it, but alas...
Gotta go!

6 comments:

  1. Love how the topper slides off. Great idea!

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  2. So pretty! Thanks for the tutorial :-) beautiful job!

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  3. what a great idea!! I use gift bags all the time instead of wrapping.

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  4. Adorei o tutorial! Muito obrigada por nos mostrar!


    Rosemére

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  5. Muito obrigada por mostrar essa bela ideia!
    Abraços do Brasil

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  6. Love this idea. I'm going to make gift bag packs for my daughters. We always need gift bags. I just found your blog, and look forward to spending some time perusing through it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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