Monday 31 January 2011

Small Gift Bag Template & Tutorial

I love working with boxes, bags and packaging.
This gift bag will hold a small present,
candy or jewelry would be perfect.
There's a downloadable template at the end of this post

The bag measurements are:
90mm (3.5") high x 85mm (3.3") wide x 40mm (1.5") deep


You will need; 
One A4 sheet of paper.
Two lengths of ribbon or cord.

If you are using a printable backing paper:
Print the paper.
 Flip the sheet over & return it to your printer.
Print the template on the reverse.

Making the bag:
Cut out and score along the dotted score lines.
Set the folds by folding them forward & backward
so the folds will work both ways (mountain & valley).

'Setting' the base folds
1) Pinch the diagonal, base folds
2) on the reverse - fold them in and press
3) open out, turn the paper over,
repeat the folds on the pattern side

Bag top
4) open the paper and fold the top back
5) turn the paper over and use the guides
to punch holes through the two layers

Bag sides
6) Fold the top flap back to the inside
and fold the sides as shown above.
7) Glue along the inside of side flap a

8) the glued side a slots over side b as shown above
9) Flatten the bag to make sure the sides are glued
together in the correct position.

Base fold
10) Bring the base up (there is a score line to help)
and place a finger on the outside base
11) pushing the inside folds down & pulling
the edges c upwards
12) Flatten edges c inwards & d outwards

13) Apply glue to the first flap and
press into position as shown
14)  Apply glue to the second flap
15) and position it over the first.

16) A crease is visible at the base of one side of the bag
17) but not on the other.

 Thread cord or ribbon through the punched holes, 
on either side of the bag, and tie inside to fix them

Download Sheet One
Small Gift Bag
click on image & open fully before saving
 Below is an extra sheet.
I have sized the decoupage down and included
some blank circle sentiments tags
so you can stamp a message of your choice.

Download Sheet Two
Blank Tags, Small Butterflies & Dragonflies
click on image & open fully before saving

Thank you for taking the time to visit.


  1. Oooh Elaine, these are so lovely! I love the butterflies and Dragonflies. I can see me using these lots! Thank you x

  2. Hi Elaine, thanks for following me! Thought I'd come over and check you out - must say these are gorgeous! I love the colours you've used. Your site is amazing and I love boxes.
    Take care
    Zoe x

  3. Many thanks for those tasty looking chocs...loving all of the blog and your creativity...very inspiring :)

  4. What a great template and digi sheet. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    Theresa in Kitimat

  5. Hi!

    Wanted you to know I posted a link to this tutorial/downloads today on my blog.

    Nancy Ward

  6. Hallo,

    ein ganz liebes Dankeschön für die tollen Bastelanleitungen und Downloads. Ich schaue immer sehr gern hier vorbei.
    LG Manu

  7. Nice small gift bags. I like this design very much.


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