Friday, April 8, 2011

Baby Shower Favor Bags

Good morning! 
About a month ago I threw a small baby shower for my friend
Megan and made these really cute, simple favor bags.
As promised in an earlier post, I'm finally sharing the
 pictures and have included how-to instructions.

For the simple paper bag, follow the below directions...

1: Start with a 12" x 12" piece of scrapbook paper.

2: Fold about a quarter of the paper in on one side.

3: Fold the other side in to overlap slightly.

4: Use a glue stick to connect the two together.

5: Fold and glue the corners in.

6: Fold the bottom up...

7: And glue the bottom fold.

8: Cut about 1" off the top with decorative edged scissors.

9: Fold over the top about 2" to overlap the side with the seam.

10: Use an exacto knife or a (pretty) box cutter to make 2 slits in the top flap,
(make sure you cut all the way through the bags layers) one where my
finger is and then the second about a 1/2" on the other side.  Just eyeball
it so you have the slits fairly centered.

Follow the below directions for the tissue flower...

1: Stack 6 or 8 pieces of tissue paper (I used 6, for a fuller flower, use 8)
and cut the pieces to 9 1/2" long by 7" wide.  The measurements don't have to be exact, for
larger flowers use bigger measurements and the opposite for smaller flowers. 
I only measured mine for instruction purposes.

2: Start by make a 1/2" fold on the short side and continue to fold back and forth like an accordion.

The tissue should look something like this.
3: Cut a piece of ribbon, raffia, twine or wire depending on your use.
(I used curling ribbon) 

4: Tie the ribbon in the center of the folded tissue.

5: Snip off the corners of each edge to form a point on each side.
Or, you can make rounded ends but this is a bit more difficult due to the layers.

This is the look you want.

6: Fan out the tissue and begin "peeling" up and fluffing the layers as you go...

Like so.  Repeat on the other side.

Your flower should end up looking something like this.
7: Pull the ribbon through the slits in the bag and tie so the flower is on the
folded flap and a small bow on the back, or tie and curl the ribbon.

I attached three little plastic baby carriages (found at The Dollar Tree) with curling ribbon.
Inside the bags I put a couple packets of seeds and some chocolates.

Raley Faith (5lbs 4oz) and Reese Hope (5lbs 10oz) were born on April 1st at 7:39pm.
Aren't they sweet!  They're still in the NICU as their due date was supposed to be
April 26th, but babies and Mom are doing great!

Have a fantastic Friday!

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