Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Tiny shoppers

As promised, here's a little pattern to make bags for your dollhouse people.

Supplies you'll need:
  • Print-out of the pattern
  • Recycled paper
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Stamp of your choice, marker or stamp pad

Click on the pattern and it should come up full size.

Start with your recycled scrap paper measuring 3" x 6". Go ahead and lay it on top of the pattern. See where all the fold marks are? You're going to match up the folds on your paper, using the pattern as a guide. Go ahead and fold them all in the same direction for now, and you can adjust the direction of the folds in a minute.

When you get to the part where it says "handles," there's a cut line. Go ahead and cut that part off into two equal pieces and fold them each in half.

Now, fold the bottom fold which indicates the bottom of your bag. You're going to want all your folds facing the same direction, except the inner folds on the sides of the bag. It should look like this:

Go ahead and run your glue stick along the part of the pattern that says "glue," and attach it to the inside of the bag front, like this:

Now you're going to want to fold up the bottom of the bag sort of like you would if you were wrapping a present. Push down on the sides until the fold lines of the front match up, like so:

Go ahead and crease those lines and glue it all together. To get a nice firm bottom (ha, if only it were this easy in real life!) set the bag down on a hard surface and press down from the inside. A stack of Legos makes a good presser. (What, you don't have Legos? *grin* They are the new bane of my existence.)

Right, onto the bag handles. Go ahead and open the fold on your handles, run the glue stick down the length of it, and fold them back up. Glue the ends and stick them onto your handle scraps like so:

Go ahead and slather these handle scraps with glue (right on top of the handle ends) and stick this piece inside the front and back of your bag, sandwiching the handle ends inside.

Press your bag down firmly and fold up the bottom on one side. Stamp or decorate as you like, and voila-- the dollhouse people are ready to hit the shops!


  1. Anonymous12:37 AM

    These rank right there with kittens and baby ducks for being the cutest things on the planet! =)

  2. Anonymous12:38 AM

    Uh, "right UP there..."...

  3. Ha! Glad you like them, Teresa. :)


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