Happy Wednesday! I'm back with the card tote tutorial. This time I made
a Christmas one. Instead of using a belly band I chose to use a Velcro dot to the inside
pocket to keep the tote closed.
So lets get started.
Cut two: 5" x 7 1/2" pieces of cardstock. These will be the outside tote. Score
at 1 1/2" along one 5" side. Repeat for the second piece.
Dash lines are the scoring lines.
For the outside panel mats cut 4 3/4 x 5 3/4 from cardstock, and 4 1/2 x 5 1/2 from
designer paper. Using adhesive layer them together.
Apply sticky strip to the bottom of one of the outside cardstock pieces. Remove the tape
and adhere the two bottom pieces together. They are going to be overlapped at the 1 1/2 in score line
so the bottom of the tote will be a double layer.
Here is a side view of the tote with the bottom adhered.
Pockets: Cut cardstock 8 x 4 1/2 in. Cut two of these pieces.
Score three sides (leaving one 8 inch side unscored) at 3/4 " and 1 1/2".
You can score on the simply scored tool, just make sure to use a bone folder also to
get nice creases. The cutting lines on the photo are marked as a solid line. The left side
of this piece has not been cut yet, but you can see on the right side how the piece will
look after it has been cut.
For the mat cut two pieces of cardstock at 4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. Cut designer paper at 4 1/2 x 2 1/2.
Glue the two pieces together. Then glue to front of the pocket. It's easier to adhere the layered panel
to the pocket before gluing the pocket piece to the tote.
This photo shows how the pocket will come together. Think of making a box. The tab will
fold into the bottom part. Use sticky strip along the long edge of the pocket. Then
Tuck in the flap and roll the short edges of the pocket over and stick.
After the edges of the pocket are stuck to the bottom part use more sticky strip
on both of the short edges of the pocket.
Remove the sticky strip from the side pockets and adhere to the inside tote. The bottom of the
pockets are flush with the bottom of the tote.
Cut ribbon for the handles. I used ten inch pieces to create the handle on this tote.
Use sticky strip and adhere the ribbon to the outside tote. Then glue down the layered
mat and designer paper. Tombo liquid glue works well. You can also use tear tape.
Here is the inside view after the tote is completed. I used velcro dot to hold the tote closed, but
as you saw on my Saturday post I used a belly band to hold it closed.
I don't have the exact measurement for the band, but you will need to use two strips
of cardstock and glue them together at the edges in order to make the band long enough to go around
the entire tote.
Well I hope the directions are clear enough. If anyone has additional questions just email me and
I'll be glad to help.