Sunday, 15 January 2017

Hand-Made Gift Bag

A while ago I attended a craft workshop with my friend Alex at Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road to make a gift bag.
I meant to blog about it before Christmas but never got around to it. Luckily these gift bags are great for any type of event where you want to put that extra bit of love and effort into it!

Card (an empty cereal box would do)
Wrapping paper (this is a great way to use scraps of wallpaper / recycle gift wrap)
Craft knife
Cutting mat
Ribbon, string or lace for the handle

The size of your bag will differ depending on the card you use. The card I used for the example below was about 45cm x 45cm. I cut the corners of the card about 5cm from the edges.

Trim the wrapping paper so it has about a 2cm border beyond the edges of the card, fold over and glue to the card.

To make the decorative flap (you can cut any design for this) I created an Art Deco style flap and glued the wrapping paper to the outside.

Fold the wrapping paper around the card and glue into position. Cut 45 degree angles into the internal corners so they could be folded neatly. Then cover this side with a piece of wrapping paper cut to the same size as the flap to hide the folded paper.

The next step is to mark the base of the bag. As long as the base is centrally located on the card you can decide the dimensions yourself. The bag below had about a 15cm wide base with the remainder of the card folded for the sides of the bag. Measure, score and fold over one side of the bag and glue the flap into position.

Measure, score and fold the opposite side and fold into position. The last part is to fold the remaining sides so it forms a gift bag. Score diagonally from the base of the each sides of the bag and fold internally to create a triangle fold. Glue the overlapping section on the sides of the bag (I forgot to take photos of this bit - sorry!).

Finish the gift bag with lengths of ribbon, decorative cord or lace for the handle and on the flap to add a decorative flourish.

Ready to give to somebody extra special!

This post is linked to #handmademonday organised by Julia of Sum of their Stories.


  1. Beautiful bag and a great tutorial

    1. Thanks Carolee. It was fun to make although a bit fiddly on the folded sides.

  2. I'm not entirely sure how you got from photo 5 to photo 6 in your tutorial but I love how glamorous this gift bag turned out. I'm guessing it's one of those where when you have the pieces in front of you it makes more sense!

    1. Hi Julie, I forgot to take a photo of that stage so its a little difficult to explain! The gift bag has been given to a friend now so I unfortunately can't show you the side section - sorry!!

  3. Ahh, brings back memories of great crafting evenings :) And good work on the tutorial! Don't think I'd have remembered how to make them without this