GNI: "Harlequin" Handbag, Invitation

By  Kitty O’Neil 


  • KIT:
  • White or gold organza drawstring favor bag, 6”x10”
  • White organza ribbon, 1-1/4”, 12” length
  • Gold heart charm
  • Red glass bead
  • Gold initial charm or scrapbook letter for each guest
  • Classic paperback romance novel (the more dramatic, the better!)
  • Clear plastic tubing, 14” lengths, two
  • Self-adhesive laminating sheets, 5”x8”, four
  • Heavy-duty clear vinyl pieces: 3-1/2”x8-1/2”, two; 3-1/2”x5-1/2”
  • Brass items: ball chain, 18” lengths, two; catches, two; grommets, 1/4”, four pairs; brads, 46
  • Classic paperback romance novel
  • Blank white note card and envelope, 5”x7”
  • White semi-gloss cardstock, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Bright pink copier paper, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Lavender satin ribbon, 1/8”, 20” length
  • Self-adhesive gold foil seal
  • Gold fine-tip paint pen
  • Black permanent pen


  • Paper trimmer
  • Hole punch
  • Grommet setter, 1/4”
  • Hammer
  • Craft knife
  • Paper trimmer
  • Decorative-edge scissors
  • Rubber cement
  • Clear tape
  • Computer and printer

Pattern - Chai Tea (Masala Chai)
Pattern - Delicate Lemon Tea Cake Cookies

  • Kit
  • 1. Place the handbag project supplies inside the organza bag. Roll the laminating sheets and coil the tubing to fit.
  • 2. String the heart charm, initial charm, and bead onto the organza ribbon.
  • 3. Tie the ends of the ribbon in a knot, 1-1/2" from the end and slide the charms down to the knot. Slipknot the other end of the ribbon around the satin drawstrings.
  • "Harlequin" Handbag
  • 1. Carefully remove the front and back covers from the paperback. Trim the torn edges.
  • 2. Laminate the front and back covers and trim each down to 5-1/2"x8-1/2". Use scissors to round the corners.
  • 3. Punch two holes along the top edges of the covers, 1-1/2" from the side and 1/2" from the top. Using the grommet setter and hammer, grommet each hole.
  • 4. Starting 1/2" from the edge of each laminated cover, punch nine evenly-spaced holes down the left side, four across the bottom, and nine up the right side. (Note: Do not punch any more holes across the top.)
  • 5. Fold the 3-1/2"x8-1/2" vinyl piece in half lengthwise and sandwich it between the laminated covers so the cut edges are aligned and the fold is inside the purse. Push one brad through each of the punched holes and through the vinyl. (Note: If the brads don't cut through the vinyl easily, use the craft knife to make a small slit in the vinyl.) Fold the ends of the brads back. You will have nine brads on the front cover and nine brads on the back cover.
  • 6. Repeat step 5 to attach the 3-1/2"x5-1/2" vinyl piece to the bottom and the 3-1/2"x8-1/2" vinyl piece to the other side of the purse.
  • 7. To connect the bottom vinyl piece to the side vinyl piece, pinch the open edges together and cut a slit just big enough for a brad at the center, 1/2" from the edge. Push one brad through the slit and fold the ends back. Repeat for the other side.
  • 8. Feed the ball chain through the plastic tubing to create the purse handles. Attach the handles by feeding the ends of the chain through the grommet holes from the outside and connecting the ends inside the purse using the brass catch.
  • 9. Tuck the organza bag the kit came in inside the purse as a liner.
  • Invitation
  • 1. Carefully remove the front cover from the paperback. Trim the torn edge with scissors.
  • 2. Color-photocopy the cover onto semi-gloss card stock, then cut it out using the paper trimmer.
  • 3. Wrap the note card with the ribbon and tie it closed on the right side, where the card opens. Tape the ribbon to the front of the card.
  • 4. Glue the photocopy of the book cover to the front center of the note card (over the ribbon) using rubber cement.
  • 5. Using the permanent pen, write "You're Invited" in cursive onto a gold foil seal. Adhere the seal onto the book cover without covering the title or romantic couple.
  • 6. Use the computer to print the invitation details onto bright pink paper in an areas 4" across by 6" high.
  • 7. Use the decorative-edge scissors to trim the bright pink paper. Open the card and mount the bright pink paper to the inside center of the card using rubber cement.
  • 8. Tie the invitation closed with a bow and place it in an envelope. Handwrite the address of the invitee in cursive using the gold paint pen.
  • Charming Tip
  • 1. Take the ribbon monogram from your kit and slipknot it around one of the purse handles as a cute purse charm.
  • Pennywise Paperbacks
  • 1. For a steal of a deal on trashy romance novels, seek out the tawdry titles at thrift stores. You can pick them up for a buck apiece!
  • Party Teaser
  • 1. Add a quote to your invitation to intrigue your guests. "She longed for a purse. The kind of purse that could carry her keys, her glasses - even her lipstick. The kind of purse that could satisfy her every need…"