Hey there! When you have a gift for someone, do you prefer wrapping it or using a gift bag? If you are like me, a birthday gift bag is the way to go!

It’s Judy here to show you a gift bag and tag project. You can easily create these and have an extra special way to present your gift!

I made mine for a birthday gift, but you can adapt it for any occasion.

Starting out, I used Basis WHITE 12 x 12 80lb Cardstock. This is one of the White and Ivory Card Stocks on special this month.

I used a patterned paper from my stash and chose 2 card stocks to coordinate, Basis 8.5×11 OLIVE 80lb Cardstock and Plum Purple 8.5×11 Discount Card Stock.

Making the Bag

To construct a 9 x 6 x 3-inch bag, start with two 12 x 12 pieces of card stock. Score on 3 sides of both pieces at 3 inches. Next, I cut from the outside edge along the horizontal score line to the vertical lines on one piece. On the second piece, cut to remove the outside squares on the bottom.

I want to add a decorative edge to the top of the bag. To do this, cut 2 strips of patterned paper 2 x 12 inches. Score at 1 inch along the long side of each strip. Just a note, it is easier to use a patterned paper versus card stock.

Next, I punched a border along the 2-inch edge of the patterned paper before adhering to the white pieces. The scoreline goes over the top edge with 2 inches along the outside and 1 inch on the inside.

Now it is time to form the bag by adhering the 2 pieces together. This is done by removing the piece with the 2 squares and adhering the 3 x 6-inch flap onto the center of the other piece between the score lines.

Next, fold up the piece just adhered and attach the 2 small flaps to the sides along the inside.

After that, fold up the other piece and attach both sides on the outside edges to form the bag.

Next, I punched 2 holes on the front and back about 1 1/2 inches from both sides and about 5/8 of an inch from the top.

Decorating the Bag

I ran ribbon cut to 18 inches through the holes and tied knots. This form the handles. I tied my knots on the outside. You can tie them on the inside if preferred.

The construction of the bag is complete. You can leave it plain or embellish it! I prefer to add a little something to mine to dress it up.

My embellishment piece was created with black ink, 2 stamps, Basis White Card Stock, Olive Card Stock, Plum Card Stock, and markers.

Making the Tag

A tag is a nice touch to a gift bag. I cut a 4 x 2 1/2 inch piece of Basis White Card Stock. The upper edge is shaped with a tag punch. The lower corners are rounded, and a strip of patterned paper was added to the lower edge. I die cut Just for You out of Plum Card Stock.

Just add your gift and a little tissue paper, and you are ready to go!

I hope you like my birthday gift bag and tag project! Although my bag measures 9 x 6 x 3 inches, you can adapt card stock size to adjust your size.

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Written by

Judy VanZandt

I am a married mother of 2 adult children and avid crafter. I've indulged in many different types of crafts, but paper crafting is really my passion and has been for more than 20 or so years. I love making cards, scrapbooking, altering frames, bottles, notebooks and just about anything else you can put paper to.