Designer Paper Gift Bag

by Kelly Acheson

Make a gift bag out of scrapbook paper.


  • Cardstock (Stampin’ Up!® Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper)
  • Adhesive (Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue used here)
  • Scissors
  • Paper trimmer
  • Other supplies as neededto complete the project: (Stampin’ Up! supplies used here: Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Metallic Brads, Paper Piercing Tool, Bone Folder, Piercing Mat)


  1. Step 1

    Select 2 sheets of 12" x 12" patterned paper.

    From one piece, cut two pieces at 3/4" x 12" for the handles. Trim the remaining section to 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" square. Cut the second piece of paper to 9 3/4" x 9 3/4" - you will need two pieces this size.

  2. Step 2

    Score both pieces of paper 1 1/4" from the top and bottom.

    Turn and score the left side of each piece at 1/2", 1 1/4" and 2".

    Cut as shown on the bottom only, and trim off the outside tab.

  3. Step 3

    Fold the top of each layer down at the 1 1/4" score line and glue in place.

  4. Step 4

    Add glue to the 1/2" tab on each piece and glue the bag together.

  5. Step 5

    Fold the bottom side tabs in and secure with a little glue. Glue long panels.

  6. Step 6

    Glue the handles to the bag.

  7. Step 7

    Add a flower and brad to the end of each handle to secure them in place.

  8. Step 8

    Complete the project.



  1. Use the same paper to make a matching card and gift tag.

Your Turn

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

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Questions and Comments

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Fantastic. That looks really neat and so easy to make thanks for sharing. I know I will be making some of them with that paper. It looks stunning.
Rommy  |  Wed Aug 29, 2018 at 6:18 AM
Thanks, Kelly, for a great video and tutorial for this sweet gift bag with matching cards! I love the step-outs you have and think it's an easy and beautiful way to give a set of cards! Thanks! Hugs!
Cheryl Scrivens  |  Wed Aug 29, 2018 at 8:43 AM
I like this a lot and plan to try it. But I'm thinking eyelets and ribbon for the handles....
Blue-Spruce  |  Wed Aug 29, 2018 at 9:37 AM
This is soooo cute and so versatile! Will be adding to my "to try" list! TFS
jmhoffmann  |  Wed Aug 29, 2018 at 12:16 PM
This was fun! But the title is misleading because you need two sheets of 12x12 DSP. It turned out gorgeous!
muscrat  |  Wed Aug 29, 2018 at 12:59 PM
Love your gift bags! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial!
Cherie  |  Wed Aug 29, 2018 at 2:39 PM
love this little bag but it wasn't big enough for 20 cards, lol. so I changed the dimensions. following a small bag's dimensions I changed it to: 1 1/4 for the top and 2 1/2 for the bottom. the sides, again on left side only are 1/2, 2 1/8, and 3 3/4. the paper is cut at 9 x 10 3/4. then follow her directions for putting it together
eagles777  |  Mon Sep 3, 2018 at 9:38 AM

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