I started this process by deconstructing a paper bag (lunch sack size) and working from that as a template. Then I came up with a larger size and I will share the dimensions for both. The dimensions in parentheses will be for the larger bag, but the steps remain the same.
Supplies you will need:
- Wrapping paper (heavy duty for a more durable bag)
1) Cut your wrapping paper 17&1/4" by 12&3/4" (15&3/4" by 22&1/4)
|Don't mind the mess in the background! ;)|
2) Lay print side down and fold your paper 2" up from the bottom (3&3/4")
3) Fold each side in 3", then 3" more (4" then 4")
4) Cut the bottom flaps as shown
|You are cutting at each fold seam|
5) Glue your long seam (from top to bottom) overlapping the edge by about 1/2". It helps to flip your bag around so you can press against the table.
5) Fold in the long sides of your bag so that the bag lays flat.
6) Glue the bottom flaps
|Be generous with the glue so your bag will hold as much as you want to put in it|
7) If you want to, cut the top edges of your bag with pinking shears, scrapbooking scissors or one of these types of stamps.
8) Now you have a very cute bag and can embellish it any way you want!
Making your own bags is a great way to save money. These bags cost less than .05 cents to make each. What could better than to make something for someone else and save money in the process! Happy crafting!
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