Gift Bag Tutorial

Okay, so you've seen the bags I made last week, and I told you that I'd be posting instructions and measurements for them…so here they are! I hope you enjoy making some little gift bags of your own this weekend!

I'm going to show you step-by-step how to make a bag the same size as the one shown below, even though I'll be using different DSP because I'm not a huge fan of making the same thing twice 🙂 Then at the end, I'll give you the measurements for the other bags shown in the previous post so you can copy those too if you'd like.


For every bag I'm showing you how to make today you'll use two pieces of dsp, which you'll score and adhere together to make the bag. For this size, you're going to start with two pieces of dsp that measure 6×8". *note: if you're using something with stripes on one side, make sure you either line up your cuts, or make sure you cut so that the lines are up and down so they don't have to line up…and yes, I know this from experience…boy does it hurt when you cut that dsp you've been hoarding only to find out you cut it wrong huh? The one today uses an all-over pattern, so it doesn't really matter which way you cut it.

Click on the image above to see in detail, and hopefully you can even see the score lines. When I'm talking about scoring in from left and right, up from bottom etc., I'm talking about while holding your paper the way it looks in this picture, guess you'd call it landscape.  Anyway, you'll score in 2" from both left and right sides, up 1-1/2" from the bottom, and down 1" from the top.

After you've made a couple of bags, you can really make the masurements anything you want and get a different bag…it's basically like making a box with no top if that makes sense. Once I made my first 2 or 3 I was thinking of all different sizes I wanted to try *warning* they're addicting to make!

Next, fold down your 1" score line from the top, and use your snail to adhere it. Then fold on all the score lines in the opposite direction that you folded your top flap. Now you've got your two sides to your bag.

Now put adhesive on one whole 2" scored section at one end of your bag.


Lining up the top flaps of your dsp (it doesn't really matter if the bottoms line up because they're going to be folded anyway at the end), Adhere one 2" scored section of one of your pieces of dsp over a 2" scored section of the other piece of dsp.

**Keep in mind when you start taping it together that you will want your seems both facing the back of your bag. If you can visualize the way the bag is coming together as you're taping, you'll know which way to adhere your sides.

Adhere your other two 2" scored sections one over the other as described above, and you have your basic bag, you just need to finish the bottom!

The bottom will be finished just like you would wrap a present. You'll fold down the sides to the score lines.
Then you'll be left with flaps that you'll adhere down, just like with a present. I used sticky strip so I can put heavier things in the bag with no risk of it coming apart.

This is what the bottom will look like when you're done.

I used jumbo eyelets for the sides of the bag to put my ribbon "handle" through.

This bag uses the Sweet Always dsp, along with the Party Hearty stamp set (on special this month!), the scallop punch, Regal Rose classic ink, and Basic Black card stock. Oh yeah, and the 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon in Rose Red.

Onto the other bag measurements…for the one shown below, your dsp will be 6×8" each, then score in 2" from left, right, and bottom, and down 1" from the top. The dsp on this one is called Banbury, and I used the Party Hearty set on this one also. Do you love the chunky essentials glitter? It was my first time using it and I think it's just perfect for a cupcake. I colored in my cupcake top with a VersaMark marker, applied Heat-n-Stick powder and heated it up with my heat tool, then added the Chunky Essentials and re-heated to set it.


For the next bag, your dsp will be 6×6" each, and you'll score in 1-1/2" from the left, right, and bottom, and down 1" from the top. This dsp is called Muirfield, and I used the Party Hearty set again…seeing a trend here? I used Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point, and Baja Breeze ink for the presents and card stock.


For the next one will use one full sheet of dsp cut in half to 6×12". You're going to hold your paper the portrait way, because you want your box to be tall and thin, and you'll score in 1-1/2" from ALL sides (even the top). I used the beautiful Ski Slope dsp from the Holiday Mini, along with the Snow Swirled stamp set for the center image. I stamped the snowflake in Whisper White Craft, covered it in Heat-n-Stick powder, heated with my heat tool, then added Dazzling Diamonds. For the chocolate chip highlight behind the snowflake I used my new Wide Oval Punch. Chocolate Chip wide grosgrain ribbon finishes this one off.


For the last bag, this is actually the measurements of the bag that Linda Hansen showed us at convention, which brought on this whole desire to make the bags in the first place! This is Linda's "perfect" bag template, which uses two full sheets of dsp, and you score in 2-1/4" from the left, right, and bottom, and down 1-3/4" from the top to create the larger bag. I used the Urban Garden dsp, along with the Fabulous Flowers stamp set for this one. I inked my large flower image in Kiwi Kiss, then rolled the edges in Not Quite Navy. The "for you" in the center is from the One of a Kind stamp set. I used my Coluzzle to make the giant flower tag, and Kiwi Kiss ribbon.


Phew, that was a lot of info for one day! I hope you'll give these fun bags a try, and leave me a comment with a link to yours…I'd love to check them out!

5 thoughts on “Gift Bag Tutorial

  1. So simple, but so brilliant at the same time! 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to share this. I think I may go try it right now, as I was just thinking that I need to wrap a gift for my nephew’s bday tomorrow! Good timing! 🙂
    p.s. Funny side note — I just noticed that you have a picture of me on your side bar of this blog! 🙂 On the left, where it says “scrapbook project,” I am the hugely pregnant girly there! Ha! (My hubby is a SU photographer, so our family pops up here and there.)

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