I’ve heard of people making their own gift bags using magazines or calendar pages. Then, last weekend at the craft sale, someone at another booth was using handmade bags for their merchandise! I just had to try it out myself. I think these will be perfect for wrapping Christmas gifts!
(2) 12×12 sheets of scrapbook paper
4 magazine pages
Tape runner or glue
Cut the 2 pieces of 12×12 scrapbook paper as shown in this picture by using the magazine page as a pattern for the largest piece. The largest pieces of scrapbook paper will be the main pieces of the bag, the next size down will be the sides of the bag and the narrowest pieces will be the handles.
Then, cut 2 of the magazine pages to fit the 2 side pieces of scrapbook paper. Here are all of the pieces need for the bag:
2 full-size magazine pages & 2 pcs scrapbook paper of the same size
2 trimmed magazine pages & 2 pcs scrapbook paper of the same size
2 pieces of scrapbook paper
Stack 1 magazine page and 1 piece of scrapbook paper, wrong sides together and hold together loosely with a small line from the tape runner. Fold the piece of paper for the handle in half lengthwise and sew shut with a zig-zag stitch. Insert the handle ends between the 2 pieces of paper and sew shut.
Stack the side panel pieces wrong sides together and hold together loosely with a small piece from the tape runner. Sew the top and then sew the side panel to the bag. I tried to mix up the magazine pages and the scrapbook pages so that some were on the inside and some on the outside.
Fold the side panels and then sew the 2nd bag side onto the side panel. Then, fold bag together and sew the far right side to the far left panel.
Now, the bottom of the bag looks like this…but not so blurry…close it up and sew straight across the bottom, sewing the side panels to the bag sides.
And the bag is fully sewn!
If you want a flat bottom on the bag, gently open and crease the sides so the bottoms look like this.
Here is the interior of the bags…adorable!
A great way to customize these would be to use magazine pages that coordinate with the gift you are giving. If you are giving goodies, use magazine pages that show food. If you are giving a baby gift, use magazine pages that show babies or baby gear and so on!