Good Morning Fellow KNK-ers!
Today I bring you bags…big strong bags! There are 2 different bag styles to chose from, a Tote bag and a Gift bag.
One of the most exciting things for me about getting a Zing was knowing that I would be able to make bigger and stronger bags & boxes. My Zing cuts through the thickest card stock I own, 340 gsm (approx 120lb), using the standard blade in just 1 pass! My Zing also has a massive 14″ by 24″ cutting mat which accommodates even the largest sizes of card stock in my collection. These two things mean that I can make bags and boxes of a really decent, usable size which are also very strong.
I cut my bags in one piece from A3 (ledger) sized card, the finished tote bag measures 7 inches tall and the gift bag is 7.5 inches tall (without handles). I used an offset of .30 and a force of 70 for my paper and 120 for my card.
Pic 1: It is much easier to attach my patterned paper pieces to the bag before assembly.
Pic 2: I use wet glue when I assemble bags and boxes for the strongest hold and as it takes a minute or two to dry I use bulldog clips or paper clips to hold the tabs in place.
Pic 3: Once the tabs have dried I can glue the sides into place to complete my bag.
Pic 4: I added a simple tag in matching papers to finish my bag.
Pic 1: As with the Tote Bag, I attached my patterned paper pieces to the Gift Bag before assembly, it’s much easier trust me 🙂
Pic 2: The Gift Bag has a reinforced top to turn down, rather like a hem. I glue this into place and hold with my handy clips.
Pic 3: I add glue to the side tab then fold the bag over and clip into place until dry. Once the side tab is dry we glue the base, it can help to reach inside the bag at this point and coax the tabs down with a bone folder or ruler until the glue dries.
Pic 4: The handles can be added in 2 ways, the first is to thread some ribbon or string through the holes then tie a knot on the inside as I have done in the picture below with my white twill ribbon.
Pic 6: The second way to add handles is to apply some red liner style tape to some ribbon then attach it along the sides of the bag, the ribbon can also reach across the under side of the bag for extra support. Pierce the ribbon at each hole and insert a brad, this method gives you an extra sturdy Gift Bag.
Pic 7: Again I added a tag in matching papers to write my message to the recipient.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s post, If you would like to see more projects I have created with my Zing and access my free cut files you can find my blog here: www.birdscards.com
Here are the Cut Files used for today’s projects:
Tote Bag Cut File
Gift Bag Cut File