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!



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

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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! :)

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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.

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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.

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Fill them up with some candy or chocolate, and you are good to go!




1||  Full Size 12″x24″

2||  Mini bag 3 pieces

3||  Mini bag 1 piece

4||  Full Size Front-Back

5||  Full Size Sides-Bottom


Have fun! What have you been creating lately?



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