Throwback Thursday – Small Gift Bag


Small Gift Bags

Today’s Throwback Thursday is a CASE of a small gift bag from my Stampin Up! mentor, Kathy Morgan.  You can see her original bag here.

To make this bag, you need two sheets of 6″x6″ DSP.  I used the retired  Playful Palette.  But you could cut down a 12″x12″ sheet of designer paper or use the current 6×6 papers like Tutti-frutti or Wood Textures.

These super cute bags are the perfect size for a few tea bags, some chocolates, and a gift card.  The finished bags measure 3 3/4″ high, 3″ wide and 1 1/2″ deep.


Score 6 by 6 paperStart by scoring each sheet of paper at 3/4″.  This is going to be the lip of the bag, so consider the direction you want the pattern to go on the bag before you start.  After you score the lip, turn the paper a quarter turn, or 90 degrees and score at 1 1/2 inches.  Repeat this two more times so you have a score line on each edge of the paper. One at 3/4″ and the rest at 1 1/2″.  Fold the paper on all of the score lines, folding the lip back in the opposite direction as the rest of the folds.


Cut the tabs

Next, on the edge opposite the lip, the base of the bag, you have to cut the tabs so they fold in.  A perfect square is created by the 1 1/2″ scores, on one edge of that square, cut to the next score line.   If you desire, you can make a second slim triangular cut to make the square more of a tab to make the bottom of the bag layer more smoothly, but this is optional.


Adhere the tabsUse a strong adhesive like Tear & Tape to adhere the tabs to the inside of the bag,

Assemble box halves forming the shape of half the bag. 

Burnish (rub with a bone folder or your finger)  the tabs to make sure you have good adhesion.


You now have two halves of the bag that need to be glued together. Add adhesive to the outsides of one half of the bag -the base and both sides. Line up the base  and adhere it to the other half bag.  Then stick each side. Burnish.

If you use Tear & Tape it helps to leave the paper on the sides of the box until you have the base lined up and glued.  Once the base and both sides are connected, you have the little bag as shown here on the right.  Now you can decorate it.  If you want handles, punch a small hole 1/2″ in from the sides and top on all four corners.  Use ribbon cut from 8″ to 12″ depending on the thickness and knot it through the holes.  It’s easier to fill the bag if you use one ribbon on one side, not going across the opening.

I also added a tag to my bag using the Scalloped Top Tag punch on a 2″ by 3″ piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped it with the Jar of Love stamp set and added some sequins left over from the October 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit.  The butterfly was punched from Powder Pink cardstock using a retired punch and a swiped it with some Wink of Stella.  Use whatever you have in your stash – it’s throwback Thursday after all!

Final Bag

And here is a masculine version using the current Wood Textures paper.

Masculine Gift Bag