A while ago I made a onesie card and thought it would be fun to turn it into a gift bag. I didn’t realize how large it would be and it almost looks like a giant baby would fit inside…giant! haha
I made a template on 12 x 12″ cardstock. I used a roll of tear tape to draw around for the neck. I traced the outside of the tear tape centered about 2″ from each side of the paper. To make the sleeves, I made a mark on the left and right side of my paper 3″ from the top and then made a line from that mark in 2″ toward the center of the paper. Using a ruler, from the 2″ line I made toward the center of the paper, I drew a line on a diagonal to the bottom corner of the paper on both sides. Then to make the crotch of the onesie, I made a mark on the very bottom of the paper from 5″ to 7″ and using the tear tape roll, traced from the 5″ mark to the left side of the bottom of the bag to make a half circle for the leg, then did the same from 7″ mark to the right side of the bottom right side of the paper. I cut out the marks I made that created a onesie…I used Fiskars Easy Action scissors to cut out the onesie…Then once I cut this onesie out, I laid it on another matching piece of cardstock and cut out a second one to make the back of my bag. I erased any leftover marks on the paper. If you use alcohol markers to color your bag, you’ll need to line it, so instead of tracing only one additional onesie, you need four, and I’d glue them together as soon as your coloring is complete, so you can punch holes more easily for the ribbon.
To stamp images on the paper I used a stamp set called Zoolicious made by Recollections inked with Gina K Amalgam Ink. I put the onesies in my Misti and stamped the zoo animals on both the front and back of the bag and then I used alcohol markers to color the animals.
NOTE: At this point I should have used another two onesies to line the backs and recommend you cut out four of your onesies and once you’ve colored your design, glue another onesie to the back so you don’t see the bleed through from the markers and it makes the bag more sturdy. If you don’t use alcohol markers, you shouldn’t have to line this. Glue them together right now.
To make the sides and the bottom of the bag, I cut the two side pieces 8 x 6″ and the bottom is 11 1/2″ by 6″. I scored the bottom on the 6″ length at 1/2″ and 5 1/2″. I scored the two sides on the 6″ length at 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ and 3″ so the bag will bend.. Fold and burnish the folds really well. I added tear tape to the 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ areas to the edge of the paper on the bottom and both side pieces. You’ll also need two small flaps to attach the sides to the bottom of the bag. They are 5″ x 1″ and on the 1″ length, score at 1/2″. Before you attach them, snip on an angle the ends, so there isn’t a lot of bulk when you put it in the bag. Do the same to both ends of the bottom of the bag on the 1/2″ and 5 1/2″ areas.
I didn’t want to put the bag together until I’d put eyelets on the top to put a ribbon through for a handle. I put the front and back of the bag together with the patterned sides facing out (away from each other) clipped together and measured 3/4″ from the top of the onesie and 1″ from the neckline toward the sleeve on both sides then hole punch where those marks intersect.
My eyelets are larger, so I used the larger hole punch on my Big Bite Crop a Dile. Take off the clips and attach 4 eyelets into the 4 holes. I used pom pom trim retired link: https://tinyurl.com/mrkb34k6 from Stampin’ Up and attached it with tear tape around the neck line on both the front and back. Now’s time to attach the bottom Take the 5 x 1″ flap with tear tape on the entire back of the flap and lay up to the 1/2″ score line onto the 6″ edge of the bottom of the bag, then do the same on the other end of the bottom. Make sure those flaps are folded at 90 degree angles so the sides will adhere easily. . Then adhere the bottom of the bag to the front of the onesie right above the leg holes. Attach one of the side panels to the bottom flap first and then to the side of the onesie with tear tape, then do the same with the other side. Then attach the back of the bag to the sides and bottom. I always add wet glue to the tear tape, so if I lay it on incorrectly, I can pick it back off and readjust it.
Add ribbon to the eyelets to make a handle. I used a ribbon that was 18″ long on both sides and knotted inside the ribbon inside the bag.