Aug 31, 2010 - Craft Projects, Tips    No Comments

It’s all in the Bag – Part 1

Our church had their first banquet to raise some capital for buying a building and the expenses in the coming months.

The banquet turned out great and I thought I would show you some of the things we did.  We made the table markers using my Cricut and various cartridges, easy peeazy!

This is the little gift “bags” we made for each woman that attended.  These are totally made out of card stock except for the tissue paper and the gift inside.

I thought I would show you a couple of tips that I discovered while making this “bag”.  This is going to be broken up into two post because of the length.

I used the little bag on the Tags, Bags, & More cart but on a 12 x 12 mat the largest I could get it to cut was about 5″.  Even when I tried to fool the machine using a 12 x 24 mat it still would not cut very large.

So to solve that issue we decided we would us a 12 x 24 mat and 12 x 24 card stock along with sizing it in Design Studio.  Well, that would have been fine if we hadn’t waited until the week before the banquet to figure out we needed it.  Needless to say we couldn’t get the cs ordered and shipped in time to use.

Using the 12 by 24 mat I positioned the bag to cut right on a fold line for the bag.  The bag is cut at 20.4″ by 11.5″.

Tip: By doing this you could cut the bag in half and assemble it using two pieces instead of one continuous piece.  Allowing you to use 12 x 12 cs instead of 12 x 24.

We used two 12 x 12 pieces of cream card stock.  I laid the first 12 x 12 cs on the end of the mat that I was going to feed through the Cricut first.

The second piece of 12 x 12 cs I overlapped it on the first by a 1/4″.  So, just to be clear the first piece of cs started at the 1″ mark and went to the 12″ mark.  The second piece of cs started at the 11.75″ mark and went to the 23.75″ mark.

This is the other end of the 12 x 24 mat.  You can see the second piece of the 12 x 12 cs is short by the 1/4″ I overlapped.

I pulled the cs down in this photo so you could see how it didn’t quite make it to the end.  When I got ready to cut it I lined everything up so it would cut straight.

Here is what the 12 x 24 mat looks like.  I took painter’s tape and placed a piece at each corner and one in the middle to hold the cs in place.  Since the cs is overlapping in the middle I wanted to be sure it would stay stuck in place.

I also took some re-positionable tape and ran it down the middle so when it cut the second 12 x 12 cs wouldn’t pop up.  I discovered after cutting about 20 of these that was not necessary.  My Cricut was cutting it without any problem.

We had about 60 of these babies to cut out so I was so excited when the Cricut cut them without any issues.

It cut through the two layers “like butter”.  I did monitor the blade to ensure no small pieces of paper was getting caught and ever so often I would make sure the housing was secure.  Also, each time I loaded the Cricut I had to tell it we were using a 24″ mat.

When you remove the two pieces you will have one that has 1/4″ lip on it that the original design did not have.  That is exactly what you need.  Tip: When we overlapped the cs it created a tab that we will fold to attach part 1 of the bag to part 2.

I cut this extra tab here off even with the top of the bag.

Cut this one off square with the bag.

Click on the picture to enlarge it, this is what the side should look like after you cut off the two ends I showed you above.

Once it is folded it will give us the tabs we need to create the bag.

We’ll pick up on this again in tomorrow’s post.  Thanks for stopping by and leave me comment or if you have a question you can contact me through the contact tab at the top of the post.

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