Homemade Gift Bags Using Scrapbook Paper

I got this adorable idea from Christine at http://www.fromanigloo.blogspot.com. I loved it so much, I had to share. Christine has a great blog with wonderfully crafty ideas; pay her a visit when you can. Her blog is chock-full of inspiration!

Christine’s bags are 2” by 5”, but I made this one 2” x 9”. I thought it would be fun to play around with the size a bit (this is a great size for something long – like a necklace in one of those long skinny boxes). This bag is double-layered. The background layer is made with a piece of 12”x12” lightweight scrapbook paper. If you make a double-layer bag, make sure at least one layer is lightweight paper, otherwise it will be hard to work with. I found a great piece of lace cardstock that I had in my supply kit and used it as the overlay.

Below is the back of the bottom layer. Use your ruler and a pencil to measure and draw out the lines (I wrote the measurements in for your benefit only):

  • One 1″ by 11.5″ space across the entire top edge to fold over.
  • Two of the sides are 9″x2″ and the other two sides are 9″x3.75″.
  • The bottom consists of two 2″x3.75″ tabs and two 2″x2″ tabs.

After you have finished penciling in your outline, use your scissors and cut 2 inch lines from the bottom up to the horizontal line so that you have 4 tabs. This will be the bottom of your gift bag. The ½” tab running down the side is what you will use to join the sides of the bag together. I used mounting squares to stick it together, but you can use a tape runner, Elmer’s glue, whatever you have on hand. Cut the paper out where you see the black. Fold the paper down about an inch to give the top edge a crisp look.

After the core of the bag is put together, putting the overlay on is easy because you don’t need to make tabs or a bottom. Just cut it so that it is 9” by 12” and using a tape runner, tape it to the existing bag. I let some of the scroll overhang the top of the bag for a nice effect. Add some holes with a hole punch and thread through some of your favorite ribbon. Don’t forget to fold in the sides to make it look authentic!

Voila! You’ve got yourself a cute little bag that will hold small gift items the next time you are attending a house party or a birthday party. It’s also great to use as a favor bag. Don’t forget the tissue paper! How many different bags can YOU make? I’d love to see them!

Thanks again Christine for sharing this delicious bit of fun!


About scrapbookeasy

Thank you for visiting my blog! Here's a little about me: I am now a stay-at-home mom courtesy of a little epidemic called "A Bad Economy." It was quite a blessing in disguise because all this new-found free time gave me the opportunity to start an online scrapbooking supply business (you can find us at www.TheScrapbookPeople.com. We are geared toward the busy scrapper and offer easy to use products and kits -- sorry, shameless plug). Scrapbooking is a craft I found, jumped into and became an addict of almost 20 years ago. I love history, so what better way to preserve my own history through this wonderful craft, right? I love to share new things that I learned, discovered or think about with everyone so enjoy!

Posted on September 29, 2010, in paper crafts, scrapbook, scrapbooking. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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