Box in a Bag

by Diana Gibbs

Create this darling box in a bag.


  • Designer Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Round Tab Punch
  • Scallop Punch
  • Scor-Pal™ or other paper scoring tool
  • Sticky Strip™
  • Glue Dots
  • ¼” hand held circle punch
  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Cut your Cardstock to 4 ½” x 4 ½” .

  2. Step 2

    Score 1” around all the edge on all 4 sides.

  3. It will look like this.

  4. Step 3

    Turn cardstock on the Scor-Pal™ so it is in a diamond shape, and score from the point to where the score lines meet.

  5. It will look like this (I penciled in the lines so you could see them better. All the penciled in lines have been scored.).

  6. Step 4

    Crease your box on the 1 inch score lines.

  7. Step 5

    Bring the corners in like this.

  8. Step 6

    Using Sticky Strip™ glue your box together, using the pointy folded pieces of the box.

  9. Step 7

    Cut your Designer Paper to 5 ½” x 11”.

  10. Step 8

    Add Sticky Strip™ on the bottom and up one side of the back of the background paper.

  11. Step 9

    Peel off the Sticky Strip™ along the bottom only. Lay your box along the bottom edge of the background paper so they are even with each other. I start it about half way on the side of the box (see photo) it seems to end up better at the end with the seam near the back of the bag at the end.

  12. Step 10

    Continue to wrap the box up with the paper, keeping the edges of the paper and the box even.

  13. Continue wrapping.

  14. Step 11

    When you come to the end piece, now remove the Sticky Strip™ from the side.

  15. Step 12

    Carefully bring your edge together on the bottom, and also up the side of the bag.

  16. Step 13

    What it looks like from the top.

  17. Step 14

    Now you need a strip of Real Red cardstock 11" x 1”, and you need your Scallop Punch.

  18. Step 15

    Scallop punch the whole strip of cardstock.

  19. Step 16

    You can do some faux stitching at this time if you would like.

  20. Step 17

    Add 2 strips of Sticky Strip™ on the back of the scalloped piece of cardstock. Wrap it around the bag keeping the bottom even with the bag bottom. Start the strip at the back of the bag seamed edge.

  21. Bag with scallop added.

  22. Step 18

    Punch out 2 round tab punches, fold in half and punch a ¼” circle in them. The hand held punch is easiest to use. You can then do your faux stitching on them.

  23. Step 19

    Decorate some build-a-brads and add them to the center of the Felt Flurries. Be careful with the felt flurries, as they tear easily when you are trying to get the build-a-brad in the center (because the Build-a Brad legs are bigger then a regular brad). Take your paper piercer and poke a couple holes in the center of the felt flurry this makes it easier to stick the build-a-brad in.

  24. Step 20

    Add your Sticky Strip™ to the inside of the round tab punch pieces, do it on both sides of the inside.

  25. Step 21

    Glue these on the front and the back of the bag, this will hold the bag closed when we tie ribbon through it.

  26. Step 22

    Use glue dots to adhere your decorated Flurries on the front.

  27. Step 23

    Fill your box and tie it together with ribbon.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Box in a Bag. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is just soooooo cute! Can't wait to try it out!
Audris_Mom  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 4:34 PM
Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have been wondering how this was done every since first seeing some on SCS! It's so easy and nice! Am putting the directions in my favorites file so I can make some for my co-workers this year!
lisa  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 5:37 PM
I just uploaed my box in bag, but it doesn't show in the "Box in Bag" gallery, even though I used the direct link above. Help???
Sharon  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 5:42 PM
AMAZING!! Diana- you never cease to amaze me!! What a fantastic tutorial!
Laurie-Ann  |  Fri Nov 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM
Wow, Diana !! I love how you decorated your box in a bag!!! FANTASTIC !!!! Thanks for sharing !!
Corinne (aka Roxy)  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 5:59 AM
I too just uploaded my project into the Box in a bag gallery and it is not showing. What to do? Dannette
Dannette  |  Sat Nov 8, 2008 at 9:38 PM
Great tutorial. Just a suggestion, though... I notched out the cardstock on the corners to make them less bulky, instead of doing the triangular folds inward.
Sharon  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 11:27 AM
I had the same problem as Danette. I uploaded and it hasn't appeared.
Mary  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 2:23 PM
About the upload problem.
Uploads from regular members won't show until they are approved from our gallery moderators.
Sunday is a no upload day for regular members. Our gallery moderators, who are wonderful volunteers by the way, have that day off.
Fan club members have instant upload approvals as a special perk. You can find out more about the fan club HERE
beate  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 2:44 PM
Diana, I've used the tutorial on your blog to make these. Both of your tutorials are very easy to follow with great results! Love these bags. Thanks for sharing the directions for making them.
Adriel  |  Sun Nov 9, 2008 at 10:31 PM
What a CREATIVE and EASY project!!! I can't wait to try it!!!!!! The directions and pictures are so clear!!! Thank you!!!
Barb Shelton  |  Mon Nov 10, 2008 at 12:09 AM
I love this. Would make wonderful presents for the holidays. Is there any way you could send me 1 punch piece that you used on this?? I just don't wanna buy the punch it self. Just don't have the money. I will use it as a templete. Or you can scan it and i can get it from there. Thanks.
Tracy K  |  Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 9:06 PM
Someone shared a great way to make the punched pieces from punches I already have. Thanks for your idea and how to make it. Thanks.
Tracy K  |  Fri Nov 14, 2008 at 12:43 PM
Tracy H: I didn't have the SU Tab punch either. So I used a scalloped Quickutz die to cut a circle. Then I cut the circle in half and glued the two pieces to the front and back side of the bag, making a half scalloped circle tab.
Sharon  |  Thu Nov 20, 2008 at 2:36 AM
Tried this and so happy with the results. Will be making these for 3 teachers and filling them with fancy bath bombs for christmas! Thanks for sharing. x
Neasa  |  Sat Nov 22, 2008 at 8:48 PM
Brilliant. Finished result just looks so professional. I'm going to be making loads of these. Thanks
Sara  |  Mon Feb 2, 2009 at 8:45 AM
What a great tutorial Diana. I love it. I will be trying this out for sure. Thanks for the info.
Heather Woods  |  Mon Feb 2, 2009 at 9:27 AM
I Love it!!!!! It's a great idea!!!!
Reyna  |  Thu Mar 5, 2009 at 8:26 AM
I'm so glad to finally see how these are made! I've been wanting to try it. With this great tutorial, I'm sure I can do it.
Thanks so much
Alison (ali448)  |  Thu Mar 12, 2009 at 5:01 PM
Great tutorial....thank You....I will be trying this one for sure....
Leslie-Ann  |  Wed Apr 8, 2009 at 6:39 PM

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