The clips that I used were not always that clear but i got a good idea of what to do.
It took me about a week to finish this bag ( I added the zip latter)
After doing this one I did a bit more research on the internet came came across the following website
How to make a candy wrapper purse. That was the best find. Kevin from DIY Dork who made this tutorial has given heaps of really helpful tips and hints, It was worth every penny I paid and more. It was from here that I found out how to sew in the zip.
I then went on to make some more bags
The material I used for this bag was a find in Spotlight. It is a spun fabric which doesn't fray and folds really nicely and only cost $12 for a pack of 12 sheets and for this bag I used 2 sheets of each colour. For the handle I threaded pearl beads and silver love hearts on some jewellery wire. Because this bag is made from fabric i didn't have to waterproof it.
I'm really happy with how this bag turned out.
For this bag I used holographic wrapping paper which cost about $3.50 per roll and I used 1 1/2 rolls. For this bag I used Kevin's tutorial on how to add a flap and also how to great the [polka dot effect. As this paper didn't need to be waterproofed but was very thin I added some paper to the inside of each square. This made it thick enough and strong enough to fold. I really like the look of this bag but and not happy with the way it finished up.
Although the paper didn't need to be waterproofed I didn't realise that the ink can be scratched of. This means that some of the writing from the book are showing through.Next time I make a bag with this I will try adding a layer of cellophane to protect the paper.
I guess it has a distressed look a bit like me when I realised what was happening half way through the joining.
I did make one other bag but for got to take some photos. This one was a small tissue packet holder for my MIL birthday. For this i went to the local charity store and bought a stack of gardening magazines and used the pages with the nice flower pictures on the. These I covered in clear packing tape. I will try to get some photos one day.
I am working on one more but it's a little tricky so it's in the WIP basket waiting for a time when I feel relaxed enough to finish it.
I have been crocheting some items, I will catch up on photographing and then blogging them.