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.

Thanks for the great tutorial. I am new to the blogging world and just learning all these cool things. This is such a great project for gifts and goodies all thu the year!

Heidi Kilgore
Heidi Kilgore  |  Mon Apr 13, 2009 at 1:06 PM
Amazing work. TYFS
Sandi  |  Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 11:57 AM
hey thanks so much - just saw one on line from the SU convention in Canberra Australia and thought - I want to make this. Came to my trusty SCS Tutorials and there is was - waiting for me!! I can always relie on you guys!! You and this website ROCK!!
Kiwi Jules  |  Tue May 5, 2009 at 6:14 PM
Has anyone tried this with the Sizzix matchbox die?
Heather Bell  |  Fri May 22, 2009 at 9:58 AM
I LOVE IT!!!! I can't wait to make one!

Great job on the instructions- I'm a teacher so I appreciate good instructions.
Barb Kuhn  |  Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 5:10 PM
Cute project! GREAT tutorial! Thank you for posting this--I can't wait to try it!
Toni Hinchcliffe  |  Fri Jul 10, 2009 at 6:40 AM
Lovely this tutorial and want to make one of these, but I have a question.

Can this work with SU 12x12 paper instead of DSP do you know? Just wondered because of the thickness of the paper, if it would still be okay?

Hope to get a reply/answer soon.

Many thanks.

Alex  |  Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 3:02 AM
Hi Alex,

Diana is using SU designer paper in the tutorial. So yes, SU paper works for this project.

Have a great weekend
Hugs and smiles
Beate  |  Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 6:56 AM
Thank you Beate for your reply, however, I meant can I use normal plain 12x12 sheet of whisper white or very vanilla cs cardstock, instead of the thinner dsp like Diana used.

Hopefully it's okay? Just wanted to know before I try the instructions and find out that I waste my time and the whole sheet and it doesn't work out.

Bye for now,

Alex  |  Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 8:04 AM
Sorry about that Alex. I shouldn't answer questions right after getting up! LOL

I think thinner cardstock will be allright. Especially Whisper White or Very Vanilla. They are pretty thin compared to our others.
Beate  |  Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 10:00 AM
great project i'm going to try this tomorrow. thanks for sharing
karen walsh  |  Wed Nov 4, 2009 at 2:11 PM
oh my gosh, i love this pattern. i will be making some of these for sure.
austinsmom  |  Wed Nov 11, 2009 at 9:39 AM
Di, Great tutorial. Plan on making a few of these. Thanks!
gail cook  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 12:07 PM
brenda rivera  |  Wed Oct 27, 2010 at 2:10 PM
All I can say is WOW!!! They look so easy to make but are so pretty I can wait to try this this weekend! TFS
suzqucrafter  |  Thu Dec 2, 2010 at 11:18 PM
Cool tute im gonna use this to make boy baby shower favour boxes smile
Anon  |  Mon Feb 7, 2011 at 10:03 PM
this is so great, love this box in the bag, thanks for sharing , xx
Maris  |  Wed May 11, 2011 at 11:44 AM
I so appreciate you posting this tutorial- the step by step instructions are great, along with the pictures. A super project!
Julia (aka Crafty Julia)  |  Mon Mar 12, 2012 at 8:42 AM
Love this. Haven't seen anything like it.
Vees  |  Fri May 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM
I just saw this on Pinterest! It is so beautiful. This is the 2nd time I've seen score pal. I'm starting to get how cool it is!

We have a weekly crafty showcase and would love you to stop in and link this up! It is fun!

Thanks, Susie
Susie @Bowdabra  |  Mon Jul 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

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