Paper Gift Bag Tutorial — Guest Blog Post by Laura

Today’s Guest blogger is Laura from Pink Flamingo Crafting. She makes lovely gorgeous cards, bags and other papercrafts on Etsy and we are both in an Etsy team – Team GB, which is for UK sellers. Here’s her great tutorial:

How to make a paper gift bag

I love to make little gift bags to make presents even more personal for loved ones. I thinks it’s a great idea as you can choose the pattern on the paper and accessories to match the recipient. And if you’ve seen my blog and work you’ll know how much I love crafting and present giving occasions!

Gift Bags
Gift Bags

The small gift bag I’ll show you how to make here is perfect for jewellery and other small items.

The instructions below will make a small gift bag measuring 10cm high, 8cm across and 3cm in depth. You can of course adjust the measurements to suit your needs.

You will need:

What you will need
What you will need

· 1 piece of good quality paper measuring 14cm x 23cm (if it matters which way around the pattern goes, make sure you cut the paper so the longer lengths are top and bottom – landscape)

· A score board or scoring tool

· Scissors

· Glue

· A hole punch

· Pencil

· Ruler

· Ribbon, a small piece of card to make a tag, any other decoration you want to add

Step 1

Place the piece of paper in front of you with the longer sides top and bottom and the side you want to be the inside of the bag facing you. Use your pencil and ruler to gently mark lines at (from left to right and running vertically) 8cm, 11cm, 19cm and 22cm.

Step 1
Step 1

Step 2

Now lightly mark with your pencil lines running horizontally (from top to bottom) at 1cm and 11cm.

Step 2
Step 2

Step 3

Use your score board or scoring tool to gently score along all of the pencil lines.

Step 3
Step 3

Step 4 a

Now place the paper with the longest sides top and bottom again. You are going to cut some slivers out of the base of the bag to make the base easier to fold. At every scored vertical line on the bottom 3cm strip, cut a little triangle out (as shown in the picture).

Step 4a
Step 4a

Step 4 b For the corner piece on the right hand side cut away the entire piece marked by the vertical and horizontal score lines.

Step 4b
Step 4b

Step 5

You will need a hole punch to make the ribbon holes now. Fold the top 1cm strip downwards so the patterned side can be seen. Measuring along the top of the paper where the top 1cm has been folded down, make a faint mark at 4cm and 15cm measuring from the left hand side. Now punch your holes here.

Step 5
Step 5
Step 5
Step 5

Step 6

Next you will need to fold where you’ve scored. For every scored line carefully fold the paper inwards to make the shape of the bag. Gently press the folded lines to help keep them in place.

Step 6
Step 6

Step 7

Now to glue it together. Place the bag in front of you again with the outside facing down and the two longer sides top and bottom as before. Make sure the 1cm strip at the top of the bag and the 1cm strip of paper down the right hand side is folded inwards so the patterned side is visible. Spread glue down this side patterned strip.

Step 7
Step 7

Step 8

Fold the bag into shape and stick the glued strip to the inside of the left hand side of the bag. I find it useful here to lay the bag on its side on a flat surface and run my ruler down where the flap has been glued to help it stick in place.

Step 8
Step 8
Step 8
Step 8

Step 9

Now fold one of the longer base flaps into place. Spread glue onto the plain side of the other long flap and stick this to the other one. Again you can stand the bag up on a flat surface and use your ruler to press down on the inside of the bag.

Step 9
Step 9

Step 10

Spread glue onto the plain side of the two smaller flaps of the base and stick these onto the longer flaps, again using your ruler to help press them down from the inside.

Step 10
Step 10

Step 11

Gently squeeze the top of the bag together to press it into shape.

Step 11
Step 11

Step 12

All that’s left to do now is decorate the bag – my favourite part! Thread ribbon through the two punched holes at the top, slide a tag down one side of the ribbon and tie in a bow. I also like to add paper flowers, gems and other embellishments. You can see how to make a paper rose like the one in the photo on my blog.

Step 12
Step 12
Step 12
Step 12
Finished Bag
Finished Bag
FInished Bag Close up
FInished Bag Close up

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