Well it was nearly handbags at dawn! I was up early enough preparing some of these beauties for a craft demo I gave today for the lovely ladies of the Dorchester WI.
What a fantastic few hours with a lovely bunch of ladies making these bags. I really wish I had taken photos of their creations as there were some truly wonderful bags made. These humble offerings were mine. The larger ones are made from 12x12" scrapbook heavyweight papers, the middle sized one was 9x9" and the baby one 6x6". The card you can see was an example of the cards we made to go inside!
Also hidden among these luscious girly bags is a 'man bag' (without a handle!) it is meant to look like a mans shirt, the tie lifts with the collar to reveal the box inside. The paper I used for this was 12x11".
'But what could I do with them? I mean they look nice but...' I might hear you say. Well in the past I have bought large tins of sweets and split them up between the bags so my daughter can give them as thank you presents to her teachers. (that is if there are any sweets left I have tested a few out...wouldn't want to give them gone off sweets would I!) Other ideas? maybe you could roll up a pair of socks, or pop in a lipstick and a mini tube of hand cream. I occasionally sell my jewellery in them as they provide a good open space inside and look fab.
If you would like to see how to make these bags I did a tutorial a few years ago which you can find on this blog under tutorials, or follow this link http://alltcrafty.blogspot.co.uk/2011/07/handbag-tutorial.html there are a few differences as I have developed the design since creating this video.