Friday, 6 December 2013

PolkaDoodles #49: A Gift For Christmas

Polka Doodle Friday!!! Are you looking for some home-made gifts? Then, this is the challenge that will inspire you. Our brief this week is to "Make A Gift For Christmas" but if you can't think of something then "Anything Christmas" will do.

I made a cute little purse to house 3 Mon Chéri chocolates. These make lovely little stocking fillers or favours at Christmas parties. I'll be distributing these to my choir buddies... just what the ladies need after an evening of carolling.  

With twenty to make, I'm keeping this simple. The paper and image are from PolkaDoodle's "Home For Christmas". I printed it on thick paper - 180 GSM. This makes the purse sturdy enough to house the chocolates and to hold its shape.

For embellishments - again, simple things: some red bling, Liquid Pearls and bakers twine tied in a bow to close the purse. I used thin ribbon to make the handles.

It's the perfect size for three little nuggets.

Using thick paper really helps the sides hold its shape so that the goodies don't fall out.

Here's a mini tut on how I made. I'll give you the bare-bone and go wild with how you choose to embellish this purse. This time I'm using a paper from the Angelberry CD - another great Christmas CD by PolkaDoodles. (Click on each picture for a better view of details.)

2. Crease well on all score lines.

1. Start with a 6" x 6" piece of paper and
score as shown above.  

3. With the patterned side down 
fold in the 2 side.
4. Pinch and squash down as shown above.

5. Make sure the sides meet as shown. 
Press down. Do this on all 4 sides.
6. Squash down well. The base of the 
purse is ready. Dress it up as you wish.
Keep the bottom of your purse
crease-free for a neat finish. 

I hope you give this a go. It really is super simple to do and makes a fun little gift. I'm grabbing my purse and heading off to these challenges:

Craft My Life: Anything But A Card
Crafty Ribbons #73: Spots or Stripes - large spots with stripes inside
Delightful Challenges: You're A Gem - red gems
Paper Crafting Journey: It's Christmas Time
Bastel-Traum: Christmas
Crafts & Me #143: AG
Feeling Crafty #23: Christmas
Kreativeinkauf #9: Weihnachtsmann und Helfer
Make It Monday #170 - AG

That's all from me. Thank you for stopping by and I look forward to seeing all your project over at the PolkaDoodles challenge blog. Have a creative Friday everyone!



  1. Große Klasse! Danke daß du bei KE-C mitmachst.
    LG Dreja

  2. This is an adorable little pouch sweetie! Hugs Rebekah xx

  3. This is a fantastic creation sweetie.

    Have a good weekend.


  4. Oh wow! I really LOVE your bag Asha!! Fun and festive papers for sure! Thanks for the tut on how to make to find the time!! LOL!! HUGS :)

  5. This is fantastic! Great tutorial too!

  6. Can I have one please. Such a thoughtful gift to give after singing your hearts out. Santa looks like he enjoyed the singing, great touch with the liquid pearls x

  7. I love this little chubby Santa don't you, i love your gift bag Asha and the contants too
    Kevin xx

  8. This little purse gift bag looks terrific! I'm sure your choir teammates will love them! Good luck making twenty of these! (And wish me good luck making 30 Christmas tags!)

  9. An adorable little bag Asha, the choir will love them. Carol x

  10. thanks for your lovely words on my blog!
    Your creation is beautiful and thanks for playing with us at Crafty Ribbons this week.
    hugs Anke

  11. Gorgeous and what a brilliant idea !

  12. Great idea! Thanks for sharing it with Crafty Ribbons this week
    P x

  13. This is so wonderful, Asha. Sorry I haven't been by for a few days, feeling a little under the weather. Thanks for sharing how to make it too! Have a great weekend.

  14. That is a really cutie bag Asha, love the little Santa :)

  15. Mir gefällt deine Naschiverpackung außerordentlich gut.
    Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme am Kreativeinkauf-Challengeblog.

    LG, Ilonka

  16. What an adorable gift bag! Your Santa is just to cute! Thanks for sharing it with us at Delightful Challenges, "You're A Gem"! :)

  17. Such a lovely gift, thanks for joing us at Crafty Ribbons this week, Rebecca x

  18. LOVE this idea! Such a wonderful little gift, and really, who doesn't love chocolates?

  19. This is a perfect gift, what a great way to share a few chocolate goodies!
    Hugs, Antonella :-)

  20. This is a lovely little box tutorial. I have not seen one made quite like this before. The finished purse is fab. Thank you for joining in at Craft My Life challenge. Hugs Mrs A. (DT.)

  21. What a delightful little treat purse. Your friends are going to be so pleased to have such a wonderful gift presented in such lovely packaging that you spent time handmaking for them. Thanks for taking the time to provide the instructions. TFS & Hugs

  22. Love this Asha, what a great gift.

  23. My kind of gift! Fab idea Asha x

  24. Cute and fabulous Christmas gift bag, and a great tutorial! Spotted it on MIM xx

  25. Absolutely adorable, thanks so much for the directions!! Saw your darling creation on MIM!

  26. Gorgeous purse Asha. Thanks for the instructions. I saw this on MIM..Loz

  27. So ein süßer Weihnachtsmann!!!
    Danke für's mit machen bei KE-C!

    LG, Susanne.

  28. This is adorable!! What a great gift bag!
    Thanks for the tut!!

  29. So adorable Asha and fabulous it.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  30. A very beautiful gift holder for christmas. Thanks for joining us at basteltraum this month,


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