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Make Printable Dolls House Miniature Bags For A Shop Scene

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General Instructions To Make Miniature Shop Bags
1:12 scale miniature shopping bags in a striped or elegant text pattern.

These 1:12 scale co-ordinating shopping bags are available in three sizes, of two co-ordinating patterns, in several colors suitable for different miniature period shops.

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These designs for shop bags are in 1:12 dolls house scale. Play scale (1:6) designs are available in some colors. To resize the bags to a different scale, reduce the size of the illustration via your printer software. These designs all have a matching set of shop boxes available in several sizes.

Before Assembling: Once you have printed the designs out on bond paper, coat the designs with a thin layer of acrylic varnish or clear sealant and allow it to dry. This will protect the design and prevent it from damage as you bend and fold it into shape. When the varnish is dry, cut the designs out along the outside lines and fold them to shape using a straight edge or bone folder.

To Assemble the Bags:

  • Fold the bags along the line above the pattern stripe, and along the bottom and side tab lines. Fold the bag sides in line with the inner edges of each tab.
  • Turn the top edge above the pattern stripe to the inside of the bag and glue in place to finish the top edge of the bag.
  • Apply a thin layer of white glue to the tab on the side of the bag and glue the tap beneath the non tabbed side of the bag.
  • Fold one large tab at 90 degrees to the bottom of the bag and fold the two small end tabs over it. Run a bead of glue along the remaining large tab and glue it in place over the three other tabs to form the bottom of the bag. Press the bottom of the bag on a flat surface and run a toothpick or bone folder inside the bag across the bottom to press the tabs into the glue. Set aside to dry.
  • When the bag is dry and the tabs are secure, use embroidery thread or quilting or buttonhole thread to create a bag handle or fold a narrow paper handle from the strips printed with the bags.
  • Glue the ends of the handle inside the top of the bag and leave to dry.

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