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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Silhouette Tutorial Tote bags for the Cameo and Portrait!

I'm so excited about this week's Silhouette digital cutting files! 

I've got little tote bags going up in the Silhouette store this week
and now at too you will find these files are also available in SVG cut file format for other cutting machines.
These would make perfect little gift bags, or bags for little treats...or party favor bags...
or fun organizational's up to you how to use the bags,
as there are just so many ways you could use them!

Best thing about this file...I kept both Cameo and Portrait users in mind when designing it.

Bag Scalloped Tote (studio format)

 Bag Simple Tote (studio format)

Pinked edge tote (studio format)
spiderweb tote (studio format)

 When you open the file, it is formatted for a 12 X 12 cutting area...
however, if you are a smaller format cutting machine owner, I grouped everything in such a way 
that you can easily resize the grouping just a tad to maximize the space on an 8.5 x 11. 
First cut the file out. I recommend using double sided card stock...then you only have to cut once and then you can use the opposite side of the paper for the contrasting elements like the straps and base.
 Fold the base.
 Glue the tabs, then adhere them together at the sides to form the base.
 Find the large rectangular piece--this will become the bag.
 Roll the piece up to make the paper flexible.
 Go ahead...roll it even tighter. This will make it more flexible when shaping it into the base. 
 Now glue the edge. (This is approximately 1/4 inch area on the edge.)

Flex the base a bit to make it shape with the bag portion. 

Glue around the bottom of the bag.
 Put the bag into the base. 

Roll the corners of the bag pressing one finger behind and shaping from the front with your thumb and forefinger. Play with the cardstock a bit to shape it how you would like.
 While the glue is still wet, glue the back of each of the straps and tuck them into the base. Weave the buckles with the strap at the top and fold over. (if you use tape, you may want to glue the straps before glueing the bag to the base...I just happened to do this a little backwards.)
 Add all the straps the same way.
 Curl the handles. 

Thread the handle through the buckle.

 Glue them into the buckles at the top on the inside of the bag.

You may need a dot of glue here and there to make the handles lay the way you want.

Squeeze the bag to shape it how you want. 
(this is why there aren't fold lines--so you can create your bag's unique look.)
You have your tote!

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  1. I LOVE this Samantha!!! I'll be on the lookout for this file :)

  2. Samantha this is adorable!! Thanks for keeping us portrait owners in mind!!

    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

  3. Thanks for posting this!! I love my cameo, but the lack of instructions puts a small damper on things! This way I didn't have to trial and error it! Thanks!! (these adorable totes are going to be part of my sons Train Birthday party! "baggage claim" for the treat totes!)


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