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During the holidays in July 2011 I decided to teach myself to crochet. Iwanted to keep a diary of my journey but I'm hopeless at writing so I thought I'd try blogging.
So why not join me on my journey, friends are always welcome and the kettles'always hot. So come on in pull up a chair and enjoy the ride.
Luv Sandra
"As for me and my house we will serve the Lord"

Friday, 30 December 2011

Candy Wrapper Bags

Back in November I discovered a gorgeous bag, the candy wrapper bag. I really wanted to know how they were made so I had a search on the Internet and found some You tube clips and decided that I would have a go at making one myself.The first one I made I used an old Landscope magazine which is a Western Australian conservation magazine which i covered in cellophane to water proof it.
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)

This was such a fun project. I did a lot of the folding while watching TV or during my lunch hour at work. When you look closely at the squares you can see faces, shoes, place names and a lot more. I made a couple of mistakes but for a first attempt i am really pleased.
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

I made this bag using some cheap wrapping paper $1 per sheet. I think I ended up using 6 sheets. I also used cellophane to waterproof these.

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.

Lots of Love and BIG bear hugs all


The Cottage Market {Andrea} ♥ said...

SO FABULOUS!!!!! i love this project!!! : ) thanks for sharing! (hugs) and wishes for a fabulous and wonderful New Year!

Pam said...

Weaving candy wrapper bags is new to me. I have learnt so much in reading your post. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I look forward to seeing more of your creativity...