On my last visit to Collective Upcycle I was fascinated by the wallpaper shopping bag I was given with my purchase. I'd never seen wallpaper used this way before. The bag I was given was made from plain white wallpaper so, although the construction of the bag intrigued me, it looked utilitarian. I have a stash of wallpaper from my foraging this summer at Zerolandfill in a variety of fun, colorful prints, so I decided to make some wallpaper gift bags of my own. Once I started I couldn't stop. Here are directions for completing this fast and easy project.
Next, decide on the size of your gift bag and cut your sheet of wallpaper so you have two pieces that are the same size. Put the wrong sides of the wallpaper together and line up the edges. Choose a color of thread or embroidery floss that matches or contrasts with the wallpaper (whichever you prefer). Whip stitch around three of the four sides of your bag.
When you're finished sewing, your bag should look like this:
Using curved scissors, join the two cut lines by cutting a semi circle like this: When you are finished cutting out the handle, unfold your finished bag. It should look like this:
Voila! The wallpaper is very sturdy which means it can be used more than once. If you're so inclined, you could use a contrastig color of tissue paper inside the bag, although that would detract slightly from the eco-friendly nature of the project.