Well, I have never been so glad to see the start of the summer hols as I have this year! I have spoken about end of term madness before and this term end was no exception. I think what with writing and preparing tutorials for our blog, designing and creating our products, keeping up with social media and normal Mummy duties of course, it’s been a busy old time! But hugely fulfilling too!
My hubby is a teacher so the summer hols are really special for us as a family. We get to lark about together for 6 weeks and believe me, I don’t take it for granted. I fully appreciate how great it is for our kids to have such quality time with both of us but with their Dad especially. A week in and that once elusive sun has been shining and warming our skin……..
We have been to Somerset, to spend some time with my lovely Mum……….
and today we are back in London Town, celebrating our big girl’s 13th Birthday.
In fact, this time last week, we had 8 of our big girl’s friends here for an ‘awakeover’ to celebrate her birthday. There really is no point calling it a ‘sleepover’ or ‘slumber party’ because not much sleep or slumber takes place, let’s face it! At this age, they tend to entertain themselves which is great, so for my hubby and I, it was mainly about providing them with constant supplies of grub and hydration and having the odd slightly stern word when they got over-excited! We managed to get rid of them (tee hee!) by 10am the next morning and they all left happy, if a bit tired, party bags in hand!
Yes, I have finally got to the party bag bit! In the interests of honesty I must say that I designed these party bags with the girls in mind but didn’t manage to get them made in time. For this tutorial, I have made them in 2 different sizes (see templates below). You could use them to pop bits and pieces in for any kind of party and theme the paper accordingly!
What you need is:
Paper such as sheet music, wrapping paper etc. I have used some gold spotty paper from Paperchase. Paperchase has such a wide selection of papers, of numerous designs and different weights and I often find some in the sale.
Double sided sticky tape - I love this stuff! You could use glue but I prefer double sided sticky tape because it is not as messy as glue, is quick to stick and gives a flat, smooth finish.
Embellishments, such as ribbon and washi or fabric tape. You could also add bows, buttons, sequins and so on.
Free Templates -
What you do is:
Cut out the free templates provided.
I have shown you how to make the large party bag but the instructions are just the same for the small version. Draw around the template onto the wrong side of the paper, marking the fold lines. I flipped the templates around, so that right side of template was against wrong side of paper.
Cut out 2 main pieces and 2 side pieces. Make sure you put the main template pieces and the side template pieces the same way round on the paper, so that the flaps correspond. This will become clearer in a bit.
Fold under along all fold lines
Stick a strip of double sided sticky tape on the right side of each piece along the side flaps, so 4 strips. Then stick more tape along the wrong side of the bottom underfold of each main piece. Taking one side piece, stick 2 strips of double sided sticky tape on the right side at the bottom, 1 at the overlap mark and another the end. Unpeel the latter two strips of sticky tape, revealing the sticky part.
Place the bottom of the other side piece over these, matching the end of 1, to the overlap mark of the other.
Now peel off the sticky tape from the bottom of one main piece and stick to the bottom of the side pieces.
Repeat with the other main piece
You will now have joined all 4 pieces at the bottom. This will be the base of your party bag.
Place the bag on its base and starting with one main piece, peel off the sticky tape strip and stick this to the wrong side of the adjoining side piece, slowly and carefully sticking from the bottom to the top. Now peel off the double sided sticky tape from this side piece and as before stick it to the adjoining main piece. Repeat this process with the remaining 2 strips of double sided sticky tape so that each piece is connected.
Now for embellishments if you so wish! Using another strip of double-sided sticky tape, attach a strip of ribbon around the top edge of your party bag.
Pop your party goodies in the bag and admire your work!......
This party bag has no tassle but makes up for that in popcorn!....
I have added handles to this party bag to make it a gift bag......
I have made the small party bag and popped some sweets into it. I think lots of these would look great dotted about on a party table or at each person's place setting at a party or wedding with chocolates in or other homemade goodies! Fizzy caterpillars anyone?....
I hope you give these party bags go. They are great fun! I've loved making these and I'm now dying to make some more in different paper designs! Who knows, I must just find the time!
Sending so much love and many many hugs to you my lovelies!