1: Start with your chosen piece of paper. I used a page from an old children’s book. It’s probably easiest to work with approximately an A4 sheet or larger. If you start with something smaller you will have little itsy bitsy bags.
2: Fold each side to the centre. 3: One side should overlap the other.
4: Use double-sided tape or glue to adhere and 5: Press the overlapping side down firmly.
6: Fold the bottom of your bag over by approximately one quarter of the length of the bag.
7: Press the folded bottom firmly and 8: Open the fold.
9: Press one side down to form a triangle, making sure the fold lines meet up.
10: Repeat on the other side and 11: You should have a diamond shape.
12: Fold the bottom part of the diamond half way towards the centre fold but slightly over.
13: Repeat step 12 for the top side of the diamond.
14: The two halves should be overlapping. Adhere with glue or tape.
15: Fold one of the long sides towards the middle of the bag and press really firmly and
16: Repeat on the opposite side.
17: Put your hand inside the bag to open out by pushing on the bottom and
18: Form the bottom of your bag using your hand.
19: Open out the sides so 20: You have very clear fold lines.
21: Push the inner fold line back in on itself. Do this on both sides.
22: Fold the open top of the bag. 23: You can fold over twice if you wish.
24: Measure an equal distance from both sides of the folded over top section (say approx. 2cm) and mark these points with a pen.
25: Make two holes at the marked spots.
26: Take a paper doily and fold in half.
27: Place over the folded top of the bag and pierce the spots where you’ve made the two holes in the bag.
28: Thread some ribbon or string through the holes. 29: Through the other side and
30: Tie off in a bow.
31: Trim off the excess doily paper from both sides and
32: Ta da – a lovely little gift bag.
Now try making some more in different sizes and papers. Scrapbooking paper looks lovely. Experiment with different embellishments (you can purchase from our shop) – try washi tape, stickers, buttons, punched shapes, bakers twine, mini paper accordion flowers (tutorial here) … the list is endless.
So how easy was that! Would love to hear if you give this a go.