Women love gift bags and there are always many from which to choose. Places that sell gift bags now offer dozens of choices in colors, designs, and even embellishments. It’s not hard to find gift bags now that feature fake jewels on them or even a boa wrapped around the top. No, gift bags are not ordinary anymore!
If you’re going to give a present to a woman, and that gift is flat, you can make a unique gift bag that looks like a clutch purse. The unusual purse can hold money, a gift card, a poem, photos and similar items. Even though it doesn’t take much to make the bag the recipient will never forget it!
You’ll need a thin piece of cardboard to make the purse. Cut the width of the cardboard to be the length you want for the clutch. To decide on how long to cut the cardboard decide how wide you want the finished clutch to be, then cut the cardboard to be nearly three times that amount.
Choose the fabric or decorative paper you want to use for the clutch. Glue it to the cardboard and allow it to dry completely. Now fold the cardboard to the clutch shape. To do this, set the cardboard so that the decorative side is flat on a table. Position the piece so that one of the short sides of the cardboard is facing you.
Take the edge that’s facing you and fold it up about two-thirds of the way to the top. Crease the fold well. Turn the cardboard around so that the opposite side is facing you, and fold this piece over. This piece should overlap the piece that was first folded by at least a couple of inches. Crease the fold well.
Turn the purse so that the first fold is facing you. The flap of the purse, which overlaps this one, will need a fastener. Cut a Velcro piece and attach it to the front, center of the flap. place the opposing piece on the opposite side to secure.
The embellishments you use for the purse make all the difference. A small metal buckle, or even a button, looks good when attached to the area where the Velcro is. Glue fake jewels on the purse, use colored tape to make stripes, or use roping to trim out the clutch. There are many different looks you can give the purse by the particular embellishments you use.
The finished purse provides a unique way to offer a gift to a woman. That woman has likely seen many gift bags in her days but never one quite like this!