The first thing I want you to know is that no cigar boxes were harmed in making these purses. They might look like cigar boxes but they are not. For those outside of the US who tell me it is so hard for you to find cigar boxes for projects, there are no worries with this one.
For the handle I used two pieces of wire ribbon twisted together. I chose wire ribbon as it holds its shape making the handle stand up. Also note all the charms hanging from the handle.
Large Fancy Oval Beads – Gold
Cigar Box Secrets Figurados Scrapbook Paper as it looks like cigar box edging. If you are making a purse the same size as this sample or larger, and you want to apply the edging the way I have, you will need 2 sheets of this paper.
Notice I pre-folded them to facilitate accordion folding the envelopes.
One last detail I added were gold stickers around the inside lines of the cigar box edging. This was to to add the gold embossed look you see on many paper cigar boxes.
I also used decorative gold stickers on the back to add even more of an embossed look.
SMALL RED PURSE
The idea with the small red purse was to make something that was sized for ATCs and to use accordion folded cardstock as the book section instead of envelopes.The assembly of this purse is identical to the assembly of the first larger teal purse with the only difference being the measurements of the chipboard and the accordion folded cardstock attached inside the purse. Note the measurements below.
ACCORDION FOLDED CARDSTOCK
Cut strips of cardstock 4 1/4” wide and as long as the length of your paper (I used 12x12 paper).
To create the individual pages you are going to score and fold the paper. Score the paper every 3 1/4". You may end up with a strip where the last score is less than 3 1/4"; that’s ok, as the short piece will be used to attach the strips to each other.
Once the strips are scored, accordion fold the strips.
You should end up with strips of cardstock that look like the picture below.
When you are gluing one strip to another, you may need to change the direction of the folds of the newly glued strip so that all the strips fold in the same direction.
Regardless of how many strips you glue together, when you are finished attaching all of the strips, you must end up with a full page on each end (cutoff the excess short page) and an even number of pages.
Glue each end of the accordion folded cardstock to the insides of the purse as was demonstrated with the accordion folded envelopes in the teal purse.
Alpha Stamps Product Used for this Project: