Beauty bags from waste paper, magazine pages and transparent htv

I found some big sheets of card stock, that I had left over from cutting with the cutting machine. At the same time I found an oversized magazine with beautiful photographs. I knew I had to make something with it. I ended up with these beautiful beauty bags. They don’t look like selfmade at all, it’s almost a pity ­čÖé


If you want to make one yourself this is what you need:

the sewing machine and a heat transfer press (it also works with the iron, but more difficult)

25 x 45 cm card stock with cut outs
25 x 45 cm paper collage from magazine pages
25 x 45 cm transparent heat transfer vinyl (I used one with glitter)
1 zipper 35 cm length
16 x 20 cm vegan leather
50 x 34 cm lining for inside the bag

First I heat pressed the 3-layer sandwich with magazine pages, then the card stock and on top the transparent htv to get the main material.

Then I made kind of triangles from the vegan leather on both ends of the zipper.

Add the zipper to the main material.

For the side parts of the bag cut 2 stripes 16 x 7 cm.

First sew the short side of the stripe on the bags bottom.

Then you do the side seams.

Inside of the bag there is the magazine paper. So you need a lining.

Close the side seams of the lining and the bottom corners.

Fit the lining into the bag, mark the slits with a pen and make a cut for the side slits.

Fix and sew the lining to the bag at the slits.


The last step is to stitch the lining to the zipper on top. I did this by hand sitting in the sun.

Ok, this was my first ever sewing tutorial I did in english and I was missing all the right expressions. I hope the pictures were self explaining somehow. Maybe I should rather stick with cutting and art tutorials :-).

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Laminated feather book mark

I am playing a lot with the laminator lately, making a brochure for a laminator company. There is so much more, that you can do with the little machines than just business cards, signs and menus.
This was just a little test to try if I can actually run a big real feather through the machine and it worked unexpectedly well.

I used a feather I found in the woods when I walked the dog.
First I squeezed and broke the quill, that it is less thick and stiff. I put the feather on the opened laminating pouch. Then I added some sequins to the top and a ring from pink mirror card stock at the bottom.

I closed the laminating pouch and ran it through the laminator. It came out glossy and perfectly sealed.
If you don’t want the film to bend when it comes out just put some books in front and behind the laminator, just a little lower than the outlet.

Then I cut the feather with some distance, punched a hole into the card stock ring and added a ribbon.
It is a perfect little inexpensive present best coming with a book.

Thisone is for myself though and I use it directly for the book I will read during the next days outing myself as a Stephanie Plum fan ­čÖé
Happy easter!!!