Thursday, 12 May 2011

A Simple Gift Bag

Hello sassy friends.  I have a little tutorial to share with you today.  I have some friends with daughters that will soon be graduating from high school.  So I thought these little gift bags would be perfect to hold a little graduation gift or maybe a teacher appreciation gift.  Or fill it with yummy chocolates and give it to a friend "just because".

I will apologize in advance for all the pictures.  I'm sure I have included way too many but I would rather share too many than not enough :)

Here are the supplies you will need to make this gift bag:

          Scor-pal or other strong adhesive
          Scoring tool
          Punches or dies
          Embellishments (optional)

Start by cutting a piece of cardstock 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".  This will be the base of your gift bag.  Score 1" around all 4 sides and then score in the points of the 4 little squares.  My base is red but I'm showing you the score lines on white paper so that you can see them better.

Crease all of the scored lines like you see in the picture.  Bring the corners to the inside of the little box.  Use adhesive to secure the corners.

Add adhesive around the sides of the box.

Cut a piece of cardstock 6 1/2" x 11".  This will be the giftbag.  Apply adhesive to one of the 6 1/2" sides of the cardstock.

Remove the adhesive backing from the sides of the box and lay the box along the bottom edge of the 6 1/2" x 11" cardstock so that the edges are even.  You will be wrapping the 11" side of cardstock around the base of the box.

The 6 1/2" end with adhesive will be the last part of the cardstock you will wrap.  When you get to that end, remove the adhesive backing and finish wrapping the cardstock.

This is what the gift bag will look like now.

Cut a strip of cardstock 1" x 11".  You can use a decorative punch if you like.  Apply adhesive to the strip and then wrap the strip around the bottom of the gift bag.

You can use either nestabilities or punches to make your top closure.  I used my circle nestabilities to cut two circles and then I applied adhesive to the bottom half of the circles.

Adhere the circles to the top of the gift bag.  You now have a way to close the gift bag.  

You can add any embellishments you like to decorate your gift bag.  I decided to make a tag for mine.  I used Oh La La and colored her with copics and colored pencils.  I added her to a tag and used some twine to tie the tag onto the gift bag.

I hope you will give these gift bags a try.  They are so easy that you can make one up in no time.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Stamp:  Sugar Nellie Simply Sassy  -  Oh La La from Funky Kits
Paper:  My Mind's Eye; Bazzill
Other:  Copics, Prismacolor pencils, gamsol, scor-pal tape, Spellbinders circles, Sizzix die, twine


  1. Very clever, lovely colour combo too. Jane x

  2. Lovely tutorial Anita, thanks for sharing. x

  3. Fantastic Anita, Love it!! Fabulous coloring of Oh La la, she looks amazing!!

  4. this is great...gonna give it a try for a present this month...thanks for sharing!


  5. So gorgeous ,I love the image and your papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  6. Fantastic Anita! I just love your tutorials!!

  7. fantastic gift bag anita and your tutorial is really easy to the fab sassy.can`t wait for someones birthday now so i can make one of these :D

    thanks for sharing ;D

    xx coops xx

  8. Love the handles & the trim at the bottom of this - lovely original design & such a super way of giving individuality to the presentation of a gift.
    Paula (PEP)

  9. What a gorgeous little bag. Your tutorial was fab - very simple to follow!!
    I love the colour combo on this project!

    Nice job Anita, thanks for sharing. xo Lou.

  10. Fab tutorial Anita, love the result and fab colouring. Hugs Tracy x

  11. Great tutorial :) easy to follow, can't wait to make one up now!! Thanks for sharing x hugs Klair