Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Handmade Gift Bag Silhouette Tutorial with FREE SVG Cut File

Hello!  A few weeks ago I created a mint and coral gift bag and offered a free studio cut file (hooray!).  I had a few requests for an SVG file and today I am pleased to offer--after a few weeks of tinkering with Inkscape--a free SVG cut file for this gift bag (more hooray!).  And since I don't cut many SVG files with my Silhouette CAMEO, I have also included a brief tutorial on how to open and cut SVG files with Silhouette Designer Edition.  

Handmade Gift Bag

FREE Gift Bag SVG Cut File | popperandmimi.com
Gift bags are easy to cut and assemble, making them perfect for last minute gift giving.  Cut at full size, the gift bag measures approx. 4"x5.25"x1.75".  It is easy to resize the cut file making it smaller, too.  The little bee gift bag measures just 4" tall making it perfect for a gift card.  



Washi Tape Gift Bag Handles | popperandmimi.com
The bag handles are made out of two strips of washi tape stuck together.  This striped washi tape from Doodlebug creates a gingham pattern when two strips are put together.  I attached the handles with some colored mini staples and a tiny stapler, but you could also attach them with adhesive or eyelets.  



Buzzing Bees Gift Bag and Tag | popperandmimi.com
Embellish your bag with die cuts, tags, and twine.  These cute little bees are part of Pebbles' Garden Party collection.  Aren't they adorable? 

Fold gift bag along perforations | popperandmimi.com
To assemble the bag, start by folding the edges of the bag and adhering the seam.  Turn the bag upside down and fold in the sides, creating two flaps on either side of the bag.  Apply adhesive around the edges of the flaps.  


Fold bottom of gift bag and adhere | popperandmimi.com
Fold the flaps in and adhere together to create the bag bottom.  TIP: Place one hand inside the bag to help create a good seal. 


Fold in sides of gift bag | popperandmimi.com
Gently pinch the sides of the bag together to crease the sides of the bag.  Now your bag is ready to embellish and stuff with goodies! 


Silhouette SVG Tutorial

Open SVG in Silhouette Designer Edition | popperandmimi.com
When you open the free gift bag cut file svg, it will look like this--a big, blue rectangle.  So far, so good. 



Open SVG File in Silhouette Designer Edition | popperandmimi.com
Next, you want to select the entire blue area by dragging a box around rectangle with your mouse.  When the entire area is selected, little white squares will show up around the border of the rectangle.



Open SVG File in Silhouette Designer Edition and group elements | popperandmimi.com
After the entire area is selected, right click on the rectangle and select Group from the menu.  Doing this ensures that all of the gift bag svg cut file components will resize proportionately. 



Open SVG File in Silhouette Designer Edition and show cut lines | popperandmimi.com
Now that everything is grouped, you want to be able to see the cut lines.  Click on the blade icon near the upper right corner of your screen.  In the Cut Settings menu, select Advanced.  Black dashes and lines will appear showing where your Silhouette will cut.



Open SVG File in Silhouette Designer Edition and resize file | popperandmimi.com
Select the entire gift bag cut file by clicking on the blue rectangle once.  Click and drag the corners to resize your file to fit on the cut mat.  Make the gift bag cut file even smaller to create a bitty bag.  After your file is resized, select your medium from the menu and you are ready to cut!

Free SVG Cut File

Free Gift Bag SVG and PDF Cut File | popperandmimi.com
Click HERE or visit my Freebies Page at the top of my blog to download a free SVG, PDF, or .studio3 file to use in your electronic die cutting machine.  I'd love to see what you make with this file!  Stop by my Facebook page and leave a link to your creations! 

Happy creating!

Amanda

If you like this project, you may also like these: 

Mini Tote Gift Bag Tutorial


Mint, Coral & Navy Gift Bag

1 comment:

  1. Love these. Someday I'll probably have to break down and buy a Silhouette...especially when I keep seeing awesome projects like these. P.S. Love your pocket page nursery art featured at Moxie Fab. Perfect timing for us, too. :)

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