Craft Foam Bag

Kids can create these cute craft foam bags and wear them in style.

Safety Tips

  • Young kids (3 to 8 years) should use child-safe scissors.
  • Keep the stapler and craft knife out of children's reach.
  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.
Craft Foam Bag craft

Materials

  • Craft foam
  • Strings or yarn
  • Button
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • White glue
  • Stapler
  • Craft knife
  • Things to decorate your bag with: craft foam shapes, buttons, beads, rhinestones, sequins, stickers, glitter glue, puffy paint, etc.

Steps

Step 1 Craft Foam Bag craft 1. Cut craft foam into a rectangle approximately 20 inches long and 10 inches wide.
Step 2 Craft Foam Bag craft 2. Make the bag's main section by folding up the length of the craft foam 1/3 of the way.
Step 3 Craft Foam Bag craft 3. Fold down the top until it overlaps the bottom flap by 1½ to 2 inches.
Step 4 Craft Foam Bag craft 4. Unfold the top flap. Punch 6 evenly-spaced holes on both sides of the bag.
Step 5 Craft Foam Bag craft 5. Cut a length of 1½ inch-wide piece of craft foam for the bag strap. The length can range from 24 to 45 inches, depending on how you'd like to carry your bag. A tote bag just needs a short handle, a mail bag needs a really long strap, and a shoulder bag like this one needs a medium-length strap (around 35 inches long). If your craft foam sheet is not long enough, staple shorter straps to make a long one.
Step 6 Craft Foam Bag craft 6. Fold each end of the strap in the middle and punch a hole near the bottom end. This will make a pair of holes on each end of the strap.
Step 7 Craft Foam Bag craft 7. Find a large button that matches your bag's color. Cut a 3-inch long piece of pipe cleaner and fold it in the middle so that it forms a "V" shape. Insert the ends of the pipe cleaner through two holes on the button.
Step 8 Craft Foam Bag craft Ask for an adult's help8. Position the button at the middle, about an inch below the bag's lip. Push the pipe cleaner ends through the craft foam. Twist the ends at the back.
Step 9 Craft Foam Bag craft Ask for an adult's help9. Make a horizontal slit on the bag's top flap to create a button hole.
Step 10 Craft Foam Bag craft 10. Cut a pair of 10- to 12-inch long strings and knot each string on one end. Cut 4 shapes from craft foam and punch a small hole at the center of each shape using the tip of a pencil. String a craft foam shape through each string all the way to the knotted end. Set the two other craft foam shapes aside for later.
Step 11 Craft Foam Bag craft 11. Use the string with the craft foam shape to sew through one side of the bag, weaving it in and out of the holes. Do not sew through the topmost hole for now.
Step 12 Craft Foam Bag craft 12. Connect the bag strap by sewing it with the bag's topmost hole:

a.) Fold one end of the craft foam strap so that its pair of holes are aligned.

b.) Sandwich the strap between the 2 sheets. Align the bag's topmost holes with those of the strap.

c.) Sew on the topmost hole.
Step 13 Craft Foam Bag craft 13. At the back of the bag, string a craft foam shape at the end of each string before making a knot after the shape.

*Besides craft foam shapes, you can also use buttons or beads at the ends of the strings.
Step 14a Craft Foam Bag craft 14. Decorate the front with whatever craft materials you have on hand such as craft foam shapes, fabric shapes, sequins, stickers, buttons, beads, rhinestones, ribbons, glitter glue, and puffy paint.

More Ideas

Step 14b Craft Foam Bag craft Round out the corners of your bag's top flap if you like.
Step 14c Craft Foam Bag craft You can also use a pair of craft scissors to give the top flap wavy or scalloped edges.

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