Hi crafty friends. It’s Kristine and today’s post is a gift bag tutorial. Also, I will show you how to make a matching tag. It’s a two-for-one tutorial! And the best part - you can use any paper collection to make your gift bag! However, I will be showing you how to make the gift bag and tag using the Belle Fleur collection by PhotoPlay.
In order to make this gift bag, you will need two 12” x 12” pieces of the same cardstock. Next, you will need one 12” x 12” piece of coordinating cardstock for the trim and handles. Next, select some ephemera from your paper collection to decorate the bag. Finally, you may choose to use brads or glue to secure the handles to the gift bag. Supplies for the tag include small pieces of decorative paper, ephemera, chipboard stickers, and brads.
Gift Bag Cutting Dimensions
There is a full video tutorial below. However, if you wish to cut your pieces beforehand, then follow the instructions below.
First, cut one of the decorative papers to 9 1/2” x 12”. Then, score at 1/2” on the 9 1/2” side and score at 9” and 11 1/2” on the 12” sides. Then, cut the second decorative paper to 11 1/2” x 12”. Score at 9” on the 11 1/2” side and score at 9” and 11 1/2” on the 12” side. These pieces will be the base of the gift bag.
Next, select the coordinating color paper. Cut two pieces to 1” x 12” and use a decorative punch on one side of each piece to create two trim strips. Then, cut two pieces of the coordinating paper to 3” x 12”. Score at 1 1/2” on the 3” side, fold, and glue together. Next, use the decorative punch on both long edges of each piece to create the two gift bag handles.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful in creating your own gift bags. It can be a creative way to personalize your gift for any special occasion. Don’t forget to check out the FotoBella online store where you can pick up the Bell Fleur collection and many other paper crafting supplies.
Until next time, happy crafting!
~Kristine, FotoBella Design Team