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Another versatile and fun use for your papers: Valentine's Day Tote Bag (tutorial)





   


  by Liz Gaze, social media manager, creator of beautiful cards, wife and mom.




Have you been busy making any Valentine projects? This tote bag is such fun to make it's quick and easy to do! Not only is it PERFECT for Valentine's Day but it would be a great project to make for party bags, wedding favours, Mother's Day and so many other occasions, just change the sentiment and papers to fit the occasion you want to make one for! I have a fabulous tutorial here for you to make your own tote bags, let's begin!


Directions

Step 1: Cut a piece of double sided paper 12" x 8" for the bag and two matching pieces 12" x 1" for the handles.

TIP: If you want to use papers that are single sided or you wish a different pattern to be on the inner to what is on the paper cut two of each piece of paper and adhere them together so you have the patterns you want to use.


Step 2: Score along the long side of the 12" x 8" piece of paper at 5", 6" and 7". These will make the folds inside the bag  base.


Step 3: Score along the short side of the paper at 1" but just between the horizontal score lines. Repeat this on the other side also.


Step 4: Cut away the scored area.

Step 5: Fold the scored lines as in the above picture. This forms the base of the bag.


Step 6: Adhere the sides of the bag together.

TIP: If you are using a thicker card gently curve the card on each side before adhering together.


Step 7: Ink all of the edges of the bag and straps with the Memento Bamboo Leaves ink.


Step 8: Adhere the handles to each side of the bag and your bag is complete, all you need to do now id decorate it! Have fun!


To decorate this tote bag:

Step 1: Adhere pearls along the top of the bag and along the handles. And glitter the pattern of the paper.

Step 2: Die cut a tag using a journaling piece from the paper pad and die cut the Raindrops on Roses decorative heart topper die in white card. Ink all of the edges of both pieces with the Coral Brilliance ink.

Step 3: Stamp the sentiment in black ink and create your flowers and leaves using this video here.

Adhere prills to the stamens and glitter the flowers and leaves.

Step 4: Adhere the heart die cut to the tag. Tie a bow and adhere to the tag along with the flowers and leaves.

Step 5: Adhere with 3D foam pads the tag to the bag and your beautiful tote bag is ready to be filled with a special gift for your loved one!

Have fun making lots of these bags, we would love it if you shared what you make with us over on our Facebook page! We love to see what you make too! 



Comments



DALIA
Wow...looks easy but yet elegant..for sure , gonna give it a try. TFS
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:09 AM
BOžENA PSOTOVá
Překrásné.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:09 AM
SUZETTE
Liz, you are a great artist, your work is absolutely stunning!! ❤️
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:45 AM
MARLENE IACUZZI
THIS IS SO PRETTY. LOVE THE ROSES. MY DAUGHTERS WOULD CERTAINLY LOVE THIS GIFT HOLDER, WHICH IS A TRUE STATEMENT OF LOVE. THE DESIGNERS OF YOUR PAPERS, DIES AND STAMPS ARE TO BE CONGRATULATED.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 07:56 AM
JANET SAIEVA
Love, love, love this!!! It's absolutely gorgeous and you made it look so easy! Thank you for the great tutorial, Liz!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:00 AM
JANIE PRINTZ
Just lovely Liz.. what a talented lady you are to create this adorable masterpiece ... love all the pearls & the great tutorial... Janie
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:06 AM
KATHI B
beautiful. Love the photography and the rose background thanks, always looking for 3D projects with instructions
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:08 AM
ADIE FANE-HERVEY
looks fabulous and well worth a try
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:55 AM
INGRID B
What a lovely, clever idea, and so easy to put together, even at the last minute. Thank you :-)
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:56 AM
SUZY DUBE
Very pretty and not to difficult. Very talented.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 09:10 AM
TRUDY SMITH
Beautiful! That word doesn't even come close to describing your valentine creation. All I kept saying was, Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh. Thank Liz for sharing.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 09:50 AM
JOAN CASEY
Thanks for all the lovely directions you are giving. It makes it so much easier to make your lovely creations. I am addicted to Heartfelt and have quite a selection now. Am going to Phoenix next month so will stock up on the latest. Keep those little directions coming. Thanks again.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 09:55 AM
TAMMY WHITLEY
This is so pretty!!!! I adore it. Im going to a big crop starting Thursday and this will be a great project to work on!!!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 09:59 AM
COLLEEN HOLMES
Totally gorgeous! I have all the supplies too!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:08 AM
NANNIEANNIE
Beautiful bag. Thank you for the very detailed tutorial.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:21 AM
DONNA WHITTEN
Wow! How pretty, gotta go try it! Thanks!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:45 AM
RINKAL GUPTA
Absolutely gorgeous work Love to make the same
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:57 AM
CARMEN IORI
Absolutely beautiful!!!!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:08 AM
SANDRA CAREY
Wow Liz this is truly stunning love it Hugs Sandra xx
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:18 AM
MARY MICHAUD
This is adorable. I am hosting a party in March and will fill this and use it as a door prize. Love the products and will do a dogwood paper and flower bag. My new favorite.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:20 AM
SUSAN EDWARDS
I love this tote - it is TOTE-ally adorable. It is easy to make, but has such WOW factor. Thank you for sharing the tutorial and all of the beauty of this project.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:27 AM
BARBARA
Thankyou, what a lovely bag will certainly be giving it a go. Very clearly explained.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:59 AM
LEONA
Looks so pretty. Gonna try to make one this afternoon.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:18 PM
ANA FAURE
Beautiful will make a pretty gift bag, gift her a grade of A++++. thanks, Ana Faure
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 12:42 PM
PAULETTE
LOVE IT.....DOING THIS FOR EASTER
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:08 PM
DIANA E. BISHOP
Beautiful Tutorial and YOU ARE SO TALENTED ! Thanks for sharing !
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:16 PM
SANDI LEON
That is so clever! Who would have thought the beautiful Heartfelt papers would make such a charming, adorable bag?!! Love it! Brava!!!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:18 PM
LINDA KAY
This is absolutely delightful... thank you!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 01:41 PM
CLAIRE HEWSON
That bag is just so beautiful and I hope I will be able to give it a go and try and make it, thank you for all the great instructions you girls are amazing and so creative thank you again please take care Claire.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:10 PM
CLAIRE HEWSON
Wanted to know what is the name of the flowers and leaves you used in this bag as doesn't say can you tell us please.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:23 PM

TRACY Heartfelt Creations
Hi Claire, The flowers and leaves used on this beautiful bag are the Flowering Dogwoods, just release last week! I hope that helps!
Wednesday 15th of February 2017 09:22 AM
SANDEE BYTHEWAY
So pretty! Looks like a fun project to try. Plus it really helps having the gorgeous HC papers and flowers! :)
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:39 PM
LYNF
Beautiful and so well thought out! Love <3
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 03:00 PM
CELIA
It is beautiful, can't wait to try it
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 04:03 PM
LILIANA HURST
Excellent idea for chocolates or even a bottle of wine, and so easy to made ?, as always paper ate very important for have a perfect finish, love it thank you for sharing
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:05 PM
NORA ARMENTA
Liz, this is beautiful and you make it look easy to do. Can't wait to try doing it myself! Thank you for the tutorial.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:36 PM
TERRI G.
Definitely making this! Beautiful!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:42 PM
ROSEMARY RICHCREEK
Love this bag! I'm thinking of making some Easter themed and Christmas!
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 06:32 PM
LINDA
Oh this is so sweet,it reads as if it's easy so I'm going to give it a try. Thank you for all the beautiful things you all come up with.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 06:40 PM
MARJORIE CONDON
Love this bag, I have to try it. First time I have made a comment although I have been following Heartfelt Creations and buying your products for quite a while. I live in Australia and can't take advantage of your special deals , I adore your products and would purchase them all if I could. Marjorie.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 08:04 PM
HELEN
This is a great way to showcase these flowers and the lovely papers that go with them. I definitely want to try this. Thanks for sharing.
Tuesday 14th of February 2017 10:36 PM
SHEEN
It's so pretty. Thank u so much. I'm sure my friends will be so happy to rec one.
Wednesday 15th of February 2017 12:30 AM
MARION
I love that! It can be made for any occasion, it's beautiful! Thanks for the instructions.
Wednesday 15th of February 2017 12:35 PM
MARY
I made two of these last night but have to decorate them now. I'm doing them as Easter baskets for my daughter and sister who live a distance away! I'm getting ready to start the stuffed felt bunny rabbits plus my decorating will be quite different from the example. Super excited!! Thanks for the easy to follow instructions.
Wednesday 15th of February 2017 11:00 PM
DIANE BRUBAKER
Wow! I love this!
Thursday 16th of February 2017 12:44 AM
KATHLEEN RONEY
Gorgeous gift bag Liz! Love how you decorated it too! Awesome tutorial!
Thursday 16th of February 2017 09:58 AM
URSULA LONGWORTH
Absolutely stunning, for any occasion, thank you so much
Tuesday 21st of February 2017 06:20 AM
BABARA FERRIS
Another beautiful creation , just love the dogwood papers. many thanks for the inspiration.
Saturday 11th of March 2017 07:38 PM