Instructions for the Card Tote

This is the card tote that got the most comments:

To make the tote, you will begin with two sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″cardstock of your color choice. In the original example, I used blushing bride. In these pictures below, I used pink pirouette. With your first sheet of cardstock trim off 2 small strips 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ off one end of the cardstock (these two pieces will be used for the tote’s handles). With your scoring tool,  you want to score at 3/4″ and 6 1/2″ along the 8 1/2″ side. Then on the 10″ side, you want to score at 1/2″; 2 1/2″; 7 1/2″; 9 1/2″ then go back and score at 1 1/2″ and 8 1/2″ (But do not score all the way down the whole length, you want to stop at 2″ from the bottom (which is a score line that you already created) . Here is a drawing representation:

Score, fold and discard the extra pieces according the drawing. To make the notches on the sides of the tote, fold the side portion in half (along score lines), and align your 2 1/2″ circle punch (making sure that it is close to the edge of the fold line for the main body of the tote, making sure that you are not punching off any other part of the bag except that notch.) Just a side note, the circle punch will not be centered, this will give you an oblong shaped notch instead of a circular shape. When you have aligned as close to the edge of where the tote actually folds (in the picture you will see that that only a small portion it actually gets punched), punch the small notch (you can try different size shaped punches to get different looks).

Do the same on the other side. This is what it will give you a piece that looks like this:

Adhere sticky strip to both edges of the 1/2″ flaps and attach the front panel to one flap at a time.

Once you have attached the panel, fold the two small sides in on the bottom. Of the two larger flaps, decide which side you want to be the front vs. back. Apply sticky strips to the bottom of the “front” flap.

Here is your finished tote base:

To create the handles, you want two 9 1/2″strips of the crumb cake seam binding. Apply mono adhesive to the seam binding, making sure to get adhesive on the ends.


Adhere the strips of ribbon to the 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ cardstock that you reserved at the beginning, fold over the excess to the back side. Make sure you ribbon is smooth and straight on the piece of cardstock.

Smooth your bone folder along the back side (the cardstock side). This will give your handle a curved shape (It will help hold it shape rather than you “forcing” it to be curved).

Decorate your tote as desired, then attach your handles using brads. Use your crop-a-dile to punch holes through handle and tote. Be careful as you punch the holes that the other side does not get punched (ask me how I know :) ).

If you are interested in adding the pocket, you will need a scrap sheet of cardstock that is  3 3/4″ x 5 1/2″. I used crumb cake. Score at 1/4″; 1/2″; 3 1/4″ and 3 1/2″ along the          3 3/4″ side. On the 5 1/2″ side, score at 1 1/4″; 1 1/2″; 3 3/4″; and 4″ (This end will form your top flap).

Adhere sticky strip on the bottom flaps and fold up to form your pocket. The bottom piece wraps around to the backside. Decorate and adhere to the tote with sticky strip. Adhere velcro to the pocket so that it can easily be opened and closed.

For the baja breeze tote, I didn’t use any handles. I just used the circle punch and aligned it on the front panel to make the opening. Then used the punch round tab punch with a strip of cardstock. I used velcro to hold the opening closed.

For the peach parfait tote, I punched the front and back with the 2 1/2″ circle punch, then used circle scissors to make the handle. I cut the circle in half and attached to pieces punched from round tab punch and modern label punch. And attached handles to tote with sticky strip and brads. 

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2 Responses to Instructions for the Card Tote

  1. yumary says:

    So cute, all tote are awesome!!!

  2. Gloria Hanco says:

    Hi!
    All of them are beautiful.

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