Double Pocket Bag

by Jenn Diercks

For a perfect treat for anyone, fill this easy-to-create bag with cards or cocoa - whatever you can fit!


  • Paper Trimmer with scoring blade

  • 12" x 12" piece of patterned paper

  • Sticky Strip

  • Ribbon

  • Horizontal Slot Punch

  • Cardstock for decorating front

  • Stamps

  • Ink

  • Scissors

  • Bone Folder

  • Adhesive


  1. Step 1

    Lightly score the 12" X 12" patterned paper at 1" and 11".

  2. Step 2

    Fold on score line and adhere, showing reverse side of paper.

  3. Step 3

    Rotate cardstock 90 degrees, then score the 12" side at 3 ½" and 8 ½".

  4. Step 4

    Fold on score lines.

  5. Step 5

    Adhere the overlapping part to create a flat tube.

  6. Step 6

    Score at 4 ¾", 5", and 5 ¼" as shown.

  7. Step 7

    Fold in half, burnishing folds with bone folder.

  8. Step 8

    Fold all score lines. The center score line will be folded up toward the center of the bag.

  9. Step 9

    Place a small amount of Sticky Strip at the center of the bag. Use only a small piece or the bag will not stand as well when finished.

  10. Step 10

    Adhere bag together. It should stand freely at this point

  11. Step 11

    Using the horizontal slot punch, punch through just the top layer of folded paper. The punch rests inside of the pocket.

  12. Step 12

    Thread ribbon through the holes. Here, a small piece of Sticky Strip was used to adhere the ribbon to itself.

  13. Step 13

    Finish putting the ribbon onto the first side.

    Flip the bag over and repeat steps 11 - 12 for the other side of the bag.

  14. Step 14

    Finish by decorating and embellishing the front of the bag.

    The front of the bag measures 5" X 4 3/4" and the base is only about 1/2" thick.


Your Turn

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Questions and Comments

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Wow great bag and love the colors. Your tutorial was really easy to understand.
Cathy  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 10:02 AM
What are the finished dimensions of this project?
Katie  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 10:18 AM
I LOVE THIS!!!! I might just demo this one!
Ashley  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 10:21 AM
Hi, loved the bag and looking forward to making it with DP. I'd like to ask why you need to put sticky tape at step 9?
Moira  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 10:22 AM
I made these last month as a bonus item for my stamp groups. We used 6x6 pieces for a gift card holder size. They loved them.
s1itcher46  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 10:34 AM
The front of the bag measures 5" X 4 3/4" and the base is only about 1/2" thick.

You need to put sticky strip to hold the two sides of the bag together, otherwise you will just have a tube of paper. This helps it to keep the shape of the bag and not unfold.
Jenn D  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 10:40 AM
What stamp set is the poinsettia from?
Cindy  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 11:01 AM
I used Season of Joy from Stampin' Up! for this bag.
Jenn D  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 11:08 AM
Marge  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 11:35 AM
Wauw its beautyfull :D:D
Janneke  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 12:44 PM
When the paper tube is folded in half, there will be 2 distinct sides. I made one with 3 X 3 cards in one side and the matching envelopes in the other.
Jenn D  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 1:00 PM
WOW!! This is Gorgeous!!!! Thanks for the Great Tutorial!!!!!
Vicki Garrett  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 1:22 PM
s1itcher46 would you be willing to share the directions for the 6x6? I have a lot of gift cards this year and would love to make some of these for Christmas.
Tammy T  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 1:44 PM
Thank you! I look forward to trying this out. I look forward to my tutorials as they help me keep up to date with what's going on in the REAL world (crafting
katie  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 2:17 PM
This is a really easy to follow tutorial. I made a bag a while back, but just called it a mini gift bag. Jenn, TFS the full instructions. Nancy
nancy littrell  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 3:12 PM
I am making these for my stamp club members as their Christmas gifts!
Toni  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 4:47 PM
Love this bag, and the easy to follow tutorial.
I have so many received cards which I will recycle and put these in the bags as gifts for my girlfriends
Jogry  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 5:36 PM
I love this bag! Very cool idea.

This is exactly why I need a computer in my craft room! TFS

Julie  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 6:22 PM
What kind of paper do I have to use.? Does it have to be thick or thin?
Jogry  |  Wed Dec 5, 2007 at 6:46 PM
I have always just used Designer series paper from Stampin' Up!. It isn't super thin, but it isn't as thick as the 12 X 12 cardstock. I'd pick a medium weight paper.
Jenn D  |  Thu Dec 6, 2007 at 6:26 AM

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