Genie Bags

by Jen del Muro

The “Genie Bag” was created as a twist off of something that I had seen at a friend’s house. The original was created with a lunch sack that was cut in half and used cardstock bases measuring 4.25” x 11.” The instructions below are for the mini version. These are fun to personalize by adding handles, flaps and various embellishments; not to mention, that they are quick and easy to make.


  • Paper Cutter
  • Cardstock
  • Adhesive
  • Small Craft Sack
  • Other paper and embellishments to design your bag
  • Tissue paper


  1. Step 1

    Cut 2 sheets of cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". These will be the bases to the sides of your bag.

  2. Step 2

    Decorate one sheet as you would a card. Although not shown, you make decorate both sheets of cardstock.

  3. Step 3

    Cut craft sack in about half and apply adhesive to sack on both sides. Adhere 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" sheets of cardstock to the sack.

  4. **Note** Since the cardstock is larger than the bag, it is wise to put the adhesive on the sack to avoid exposed adhesive.

  5. Step 4

    Put on the finishing touches by stuffing with tissue paper and goodies.



  1. Turn it into a Purse
    Cut the covers at an angle and add handles to make your Genie bag look like a purse.

    Use your die cut templates
    Cut the cover pieces with die cut templates for different shaped bags.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Genie Bags. 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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Tried your idea and I used it as a Birthday Card/ Bag for gift. Looked good. Thanks..
Carole  |  Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 3:29 PM
Your bag is great. I'm going to make a few for all occasions.
susan forget  |  Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 7:14 AM
I love the little Genie Bag,Great idea for treat for B-day ,Valentines Love it! Tfs.
DeAnna  |  Wed Jan 26, 2011 at 11:55 PM
I love this idea. I'm going to use it for our church's Ladies Night Out in February. It would make a great decoration with a prize inside. Thanks.
Christy Scherbarth  |  Fri Jan 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

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