Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as I was packing my daughter’s snack for preschool in an actual brown paper bag, I realized a sewn one would make the cutest Valentine! In this tutorial, I will be showing you via my tutorial video how to use the basic shapes provided in ScanNCutCanvas to make this entire pattern for the bag. I use the various shapes and welding tools to create one shape out of many.
Once you’ve created your pattern — or downloaded it at the end of this tutorial ;) — get all your materials together and join me!
“BROWN PAPER” BAG VALENTINE
- Brother ScanNCut Machine
- Standard Blade and Cartridge
- Multipurpose cloth or blackout curtain material (it has a coating on one side)
- Standard Mat (with fabric support sheet is using multi purpose cloth)
- Iron-On Transfer Material in Film – optional
- Embroidery Machine – optional
- Sewing machine and accessories
1| Prep your material and place onto standard mat. If using blackout curtain material, place on standard mat, coated side down. If using multi-purpose cloth, use a standard mat with the fabric support sheet. Click here to learn more about cutting fabric with the ScanNCut.
2| Pull up the pattern and size bag you would like to construct. I’ve created multiple downloads for various sizes and layouts on the 12″x12″ mat and the 12″x24″.
3| Begin by using a fabric pen (purple or teal) to mark the stitch lines on the sides and bottom of the bag.
4| After the lines have bene draw, cut out your bag pattern. My favorite go-to settings for this material is as follows:
- Blade length: 5
- Blade pressure: 3
- Cut speed: 1
Embellishments! I chose to embellish some bags with embroider and some with Iron-On Transfer Materials.
1| To create the file to use my Iron-On Transfer material with, I scanned in my daughter’s writing. I wanted to make the vinyl “pen thickness” a bit bigger than her actual marker was, so I saved it to my USB Stitck and brought it over to ScanNCutCanvas where I could modify the outlines.
2| Open your file from the USB stick and modify as needed. Don’t forget to mirror it if you are using iron-on transfer!
3| Apply the Iron-On transfer material according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
1| Determine where you’d like the embroidered embellishment to go.
2| Place bag piece and support into the hoop to be embroidered.
3| Adjust pattern placement as needed and check threading.
I am a self proclaimed embroidery novice! It’s a fun new adventure that I am throwing myself into, but I’m still learning the world of stabilizers and what’s best. As I share tutorials with you, I am pushing myself to become an expert — just not there yet! :)
4| When you’ve completed the embroidery, it’s time to sew the bag! Begin with the side pieces by sewing along the “fold” lines, as shown below — and marked on your material with the ScanNCut Draw feature.
5| Next, either fold and top stitch, or attach the larger side pieces to the base. They should be sewn with wrong sides together, so the seam is on the outside.
6| Continue with the smaller sides as well.
7| Starting at corner at the base of the bag, top stitch along that first edge and continue around all 4 corners of the bag.
Fill them up with some candy or chocolate, and you are good to go!
3|| Mini bag 1 piece
Have fun! What have you been creating lately?