I made this jewelry and perfume counter a while ago, but (true to form) didn't quite finish it. I knew I wanted to add a bunch of glossy black shopping bags to this display, but that idea seemed like more work than I wanted to tackle at the time, so I put it aside. That time away turned out to be a good thing, since this process is much more streamlined than my initial ideas!
I love this method of making shopping bags, because it doesn't require any paper patterns or measuring, but it's very easy to make identical bags. The secret is to fold them around a block of wood.You will need:
paper for your shopping bag
a ruler/straight edge
white, cloth covered wire
glue (I used tacky)
Wrap the strip of paper around the wood, using your fingers to crease the paper at the corners.
Take the paper off the wood. Crease the paper again so that the folds are sharp.
Wrap the paper around the wood again. Use a little glue to glue the paper into a tube.
Slide the paper down the wood until one edge of the paper tube is lined up with the pencil line, and the other edge hangs off.
Wrap and glue the paper around the end of the wood, like you are wrapping a package.
Pinch the sides of the bag inwards, starting at the top of the bag and going as far down as you can. It is easier to do both sides at once, but I had to take the photograph!
The basic bag is finished.
To make the handles, simply cut two pieces of cloth covered wire, and wrap them around the handle of a paintbrush to shape them.
Glue the handles in place.
Finally, fill the bag with tissue paper. The black and white bag I made for this tutorial is about as basic as you can get, but it's easy to change up the look of these bags by using patterned paper, adding labels, or using different sizes of wood to create a variety of sizes. The sky is the limit!