Since I first began selling my handmade soap last spring, I have spent a lot of time thinking about packaging. (Let's not even consider how much time I have spent actually packaging the soap itself.) I had certain criteria in mind -- simple yet pretty, affordable, do-it-myself if possible and re-using/recycling when possible. My soap packaging has gone through a few reincarnations but the shopping bags (brown lunch bags) I used at craft shows have remained the same. Until now. Recently I found a tutorial online for making gift bags from newspaper. Let me tell you, people, I am hooked.
This was the first bag I made using the dimensions exactly as given in the tutorial.
It was teeny, tiny and perfect for a small local delivery later the same day. But it hasn't stopped with this bag.
Shortly after I made the first bag, Mike was cleaning out the car when he found some old car maps. He was about to throw them into the recycling bin when I saw potential and quickly snagged them from his hands.
Then there was the paper that was wrapped around a pot of tulips.
For handles, i have been using twine, ribbons and bias tape -- whatever I happen to have on hand. The bags are fun to make and easily customized to various sizes of paper. I dare you to make only one.
I have big plans for these bags. I hope to make one or two each day. I would love to have these not only for local orders but also for customers at craft shows. What do you think? Can I make those many bags? I guess I'll find out. In the meantime, I am on the hunt for paper.