Monday, October 25, 2010

Grunge Purse Tutorial

I had some people asking questions on how I made my Grunge Paper Purse. I originally published it on my blog on July 27th post.( You can scroll down to that post for more details.)
I'm going to attempt to do a tutorial on how I made it. I've never done a tutorial before but I will attempt it.
I free handed this purse template after seeing purse patterns on cricut cartridges, they were all so tiny and I wanted something I could actually carry.

The purse dimensions assembled are 5 1/4" high, 10" wide and 2" deep.
I used 2 sheets of 12 x 12 Tim Holtz grunge paper.

Here is the template that I free handed: The over-all size of this piece is, 12x12 (picture on left)

Hopefully you can click on the pictures to make them larger to see the dimensions.

The next piece I cut is the lid of the purse:
This piece is, 9 1/8" x 9 3/4" overall.
(picture on right)
I used a punch and scalloped the flap of the purse.

For the sides, I cut 2
(picture on left)
After the purse was cut out of the gunge paper, I inked it with TH distress ink. (before putting it together.)

The next 2 pictures show how the purse is put together after it is folded.

Here the cover is laying on the purse.
(picture on left)

To assemble the purse I used a paper piercer to poke holes where I wanted the brads to go.
This picture shows what the sides look like folded. Before I put the side pieces over them, I slipped a round metal ring in the top flap of the side to hold the handle. Then I attached the sides down. For added durability I also used glue along with the brads.
Don't go by the holes on the pattern, I would suggest you put the purse together, then mark where you want the holes.

The next 3 pictures are of the finished purse.
The stamping was done with Stazon Ink before the purse was assembled.
I used a tape measure for the handle
I added lace on the front flap
For the flowers: I made them out of old books and my cricut. I inked them and
added glossy accents to each petal before assembling.
The clock face and tag were cut out of TH paper and topped with glossy accents.
The tag was cut with grunge paper and stamped and inked. Held on with TH swivel clasps.

I know I've made this more confusing than it really was, but it's hard for me to explain. I hope this answered some of your questions, don't hesitate to ask if you have more questions. For those of you who are computer savey, feel free to make a gypsy file. I don't know how to open a file let alone make one.
If you happen to make a purse, I'd love to see it. Let me know. Shari


  1. Shari, you did a great job on the tutorial! I can understand all your directions!!! TFS!

  2. That is mega creative! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. It's a beautiful bag.
    Karen (ATT)

  3. Thanks for the tutorial, your purse is so cool!! Donna(ATT)

  4. What a great tutorial on a really COOL project! This is nifty, Shari!

  5. My my my... this is just adorable!!!!!! I will post this on my blog. Love it!!!!

  6. wow this is sooo awesome!!!!!hugs

  7. How cute is that purse??!! Great tutorial. I might have to try to make it because it is so awesome!