3” x 3” Note Card Tote

by Regina Andari

Create an adorable tote to give away 3" x 3" note cards.


  • One 3 1/4" x 7 1/2" piece of Cardstock for tote base (Brocade Blue used here)
  • One 2 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of Cardstock for tote sides (Night of Navy used here)
  • One piece of cardstock for tote handle (Night of Navy used here)
  • Stamps (Stampin' Up!'s Pocket Silhouette used here)
  • Ink
  • Paper Punches (Eyelet Border Punch and Oval punches used here)
  • Paper piercing tools, or 1/16" circle punch
  • Strong Adhesive (Sticky Strip™ used here)
  • Brads
  • Additional Cardstock to decorate your tote


  1. Step 1

    Score 3 1/4" x 7 1/2" piece of cardstock
    3 1/4” from each end.

  2. Step 2

    Make decorative cuts on the four corners by placing each corner in the Eyelet Border punch as shown.

  3. Step 3

    Use the Eyelet Border punch along both edges of a 1 1/4" x 8" piece of cardstock to create a handle.

    If you'd rather not have a fancy handle or don't have a decorative border punch, cut a 3/4" x 8” strip instead.

  4. Step 4

    Stamp and embellish additional cardstock to create your card tote front.

  5. Adhere the stamped and embellished layer to the front of the note card holder.

  6. Step 5

    Score the 2 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of card stock at 1 5/8", 2 5/8", 5 7/8", and 6 7/8". This insert creates sides for the holder.

  7. Step 6

    There are 1” sections on the scored cardstock. Find the center of each, and mark 1/2" down with a white gel pen.

  8. Step 7

    Use a piercing tool or 1/16” circle punch to make a hole where the handle will be attached.

  9. Step 8

    Apply adhesive to the cardstock strip as shown.

  10. Step 9

    To adhere the scored strip to the holder, line up one of the short panels with the bottom and the edge of the holder.

    Then secure the long panel to the back of the holder.

    Finish by folding in the remaining short panel. Adhering the panels in this order helps keep the edges lined up.

  11. Step 10

    Attach the handle with brads.

  12. Make a set of 3x3 note cards to put in the holder.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for 3” x 3” Note Card Tote. 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.

i have made these for gifts, but do you have a pattern for larger ones that will fit quarter cards
karen charette  |  Fri Jan 7, 2011 at 10:59 AM
I have made envelopes for 3" cards, but do not know what kind of adhesive to make cards stick.
phan1240  |  Fri Jan 21, 2011 at 10:01 AM

Melody  |  Thu Mar 10, 2011 at 3:40 PM
I think you are very gifted and thanks for sharing.
Pat Presley  |  Wed Mar 30, 2011 at 7:03 AM
Love this
DorisS  |  Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 5:37 PM
I have a question. What do you use for the 3" x 3" Note Cards? Do you use cardstock or DSP? Thanks, ~Elizabeth L. Uhrig
Elizabeth L. Uhrig  |  Thu Apr 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Your box of cards is very cute! I think the colors are perfect for the image.
Thrifty Stamper  |  Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 1:45 PM
This would be great to put some halloween candy in and give out to younger family members. Or making these for my younger cousins to give out to their classmates for halloween. Great tutorial thanks for sharing this project.
Tinkerfan23  |  Tue Oct 2, 2012 at 6:50 AM
I love this idea! Could you adjust the measurements for 5" x 5" cards?
Debbie Ramseyer  |  Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 4:24 PM
Love this - printed off the instructions ready to get started this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing.
Maggie Prescott  |  Wed Aug 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM
This looks an absolutely brilliant little tote bag.
I can't wait until I'm good enough and have more stock to be able to make it.
Pamela Logan-Powney  |  Thu Oct 9, 2014 at 8:09 AM
this looks awesome and fun
mogu mook  |  Wed Mar 21, 2018 at 10:32 AM
I wish to make one.
alka  |  Tue May 19, 2020 at 7:08 AM

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