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I'm Lesley and I've been a crafter all my life. I discovered paper crafting about 30 years ago and this is now my great passion.

Friday 8 September 2023

13 Frights of Halloween 2023 - no 1


This really cute little self-closing treat bag is such a quick and easy make.  It was inspired by Keren Hughes and adapted for the Happy Haunting Collection. It has a wide base and flat top so the folds and clever shape  make the bag close.  I first made 2 years ago but it has been such a  popular project with left over  pages of  happy Haunting paper that I have reposted it and included in my series of 13 Frights of 2023 by popular demand.

It is made with a 6 x 6 1/2" paper.                                               
  • along the long side score down at 3 and 6               
  • turn and score 1 and 5 on shorter side
  • on back with ruler and scoring tool, score from bottom to first fold only at 3./4, 2 1/4 , 3 3/4, 5 1/4  then cut along these score lines with scissors (or use a trimmer) to the first fold only.
  • score from the top of the cut at an angle as diagram to to 1" fold line above. Burnish from both sides back and front
  • add ds tape or glue to tab and seal side. Fold box in half with join at left.
  • at the top also mark the same 3/4", 2 1/4, and cut with scissors at an angle to the top fold to shape the top of the box and make sure back and front are exactly the same.
  • gently fold and press on score lines
  • glue bottom 4 tabs to make box. The bag will now be wide at the bottom and flat at the top. 
  • decorate with stamped sentiment
  • add sweets

The sharp folds and square shape bottom, give the bag rigidity and make the self-closing mechanism work. 

Craft Consortium products used:
Happy Haunting 12 x 12 200 gsm papers
Happy Haunting clear stamps

Credit: Tuppence coloured

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