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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / paper bag cd holders***TUTORIAL ADDED! on: April 10, 2005 04:18:59 PM
ok gals...here is the tutorial, only 3 months late Smiley i hope it makes sense! and if you make one please let me see Smiley

hopefully it's not too many large pics...it can also be viewed here:


Supplies Needed:

6 paper lunch bags
pretty paper or pictures
sewing machine
ribbon or string
ruler/paper cutter(optional)
cd labels (optional)
cd sleeves(optional)

Part 1:Prepping Pages


*cut off lunch bag bottoms. this will make the bags approx 6.5 inches long.

*cut along bottom edge. be aware when doing this that you want the scalloped edge facing out when your cd holder is finished.
*about 1.5 inches in from your inner edge fold a line. this will make your binding later. when sewing on designs, do not go past this line.


*layout how you will decorate your pages with your paper or pictures. i use glue tabs to hold the papers and picture in place until later when i am ready to sew. if you want labels for the cds, make them at this time and incorporate them in your design. also make front and inside cover. back cover is left blank.


*you will want to arrange your pages into 3 sets of 2 paper bags. this way when the cd holder is assemble there will be 3 long pages instead of 6 small. decided how you want your pages to flow and number them. obviously the front and back cover will be labeled 1, because they will be sewn together at the seam. arrange the other four pages and number them 2 and 3 (with pencil so you can erase later!)

Part 2:Assembling front and back cover


*sew designs on front and back cover.


*sew a seam along the bottom edge of paper bag, stay as close to the edge as possible, if you go up too far there won't be enough room for your cds later!
*thread a long string or ribbon through the inside middle of each bag. this will become your tie closure, so be sure and leave enough extra hanging on the outside to tie a bow with later!.


*match up the seams you folded earlier and sew along the middle, sewing the two pages together at the binding. this will create one long page, the front and back cover. it will also sew in the ribbon you just inserted. at this you can also close shut the front cover/inside cover side seam if you wish. no cd will be going in that pocket and it sews the tie closure in a place a little more!

Part 3:Assembling the other page


*sew designs on other pages


*again, sew along the bottom, and stay as close to the edge as possible.

*sew up middle seams, creating 2 more long pages.

Part 3:Assembling the cd holder


*place 3 pages, in numbered order, 1 on the bottom, 2 layered on 1, 3 layered on 2. and sew up the middle seam, sewing them together.


*ok this isn't really a step but your cd holder should now be sewn together! but you aren't finished yet....
Part 4:Creating the binding


*if you want your binding to be a little more pleasing to the eye take a long strip of paper and sew it to the binding.


*you can also decorate it more! here i sewed a piece of white ric-rac at the top, middle and bottom. then i tied ribbon to the ric-rac at the places where it wasn't sewn down. you can add tons of ribbon and it will look really fun!

Part 5:Adding your cds!


*there will be 2 cd in each paper bag slot (except the last one) and you don't want them rubbing together! you can purchase white cd sleeves for cheap and insert two into each paper bag slot. you can then easily get your cds in and out of the holder and not have to worry about scratching them!


*ta-da!! you now have your very own paper bag cd holder! enjoy!
these are so fun to make! i love making fabric cd holders and they are a big seller on my site so i decided to try to make a different kind of cd holder. i got hooked on a scrapbooking message board (nerd, i know, i love paper!) and a really big trend in the scrapbooking world is to make little albums out of paper bags. so i thought it would be fun to make some cd holders out of them!

let me know what you think! Smiley


cover and inside pages


i put 2 white cd sleeves inside each paper bag opening. if that makes sense. the ones i made hold 9 cds each.


the second one i made. i hope to make a couple more tonight. i have them cut out and everything. they just need to be sewn.

thanks for checking them out Smiley
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / large tote with middle divider (now with text tutorial) on: March 29, 2005 02:53:56 PM
i am so proud of this bag! until now i havent really gone beyond just a simple tote but my husbands aunt asked me to make her a large tote with a divider in the middle, making two seperate sections. and i figured it out! yeah!!




thanks for looking!


hey guys...i just wanted to let you know this and another project i want to do tutorials on but we found out we are moving *very soon*. its just across town but a lot needs to be organized and what not.

as soon as we get settled i will have more room to make a tutorial. i plan to do them w/ pictures but i can try to explain how i did the divider.

i made the outside same as any other bag with sides and bottom.

then for the inside i cut:

2 large pieces same size as outside front and back
2 side pieces same size as 2 outside side pieces
2 more pieces the same *length* as the outside but i cut the height down about 4 or 5 inches.
1 bottom piece same side as outside

take those two last pieces first. i sewed interfacing to one of them. pinned the tops together *right* sides together and made a seam.

then i flipped it to *wrong* sides together and ironed. sewed again along the top seam.

then i took the 2 side pieces i cut and cut them each in half. i also cut the bottom piece in half.

then i constructed the inside in this order:

1 large piece:
1 half side piece on each side, then one bottom piece.

then i take the divider piece i added the interfacing to and sew that to the side pieces i just sewed to the first piece. does that make sense? then i sew the already attached bottomed piece to the divider and sew up the small bottom edges.

then to the other half of the divider piece i sew the other 2 side pieces and bottom piece. then sew the other larger piece to that. i leave a seam along the bottom edge open to turn.

then i finish the bag as normal. outer and lining right sides together, sew along the top, flip etc.

does that make sense? prob not.

i will do one with pictures after we move. i promise Smiley

3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / bottle cap bracelets on: February 08, 2005 12:15:53 PM
hey guys! i havent posted here much and i havent posted a project yet but i wanted to get some feedback on these bracelets i made. i think they are pretty cool and fun but what do i know? i was just wondering what some of you guys thought about them?







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