Sunday, 15 December 2013

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Are you feeling all festive? I've nearly finished my Christmas shopping! Just waiting for a few more bits and bobs to arrive in the post (thank you internet shopping!).

When it comes to wrapping up presents I always want them to look a little bit special. I've created this Christmas gift bag tutorial to help you make your presents look lovely too.


Start with a flat piece of wrapping paper. Fold the sides and top in about 1cm and glue.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Fold the sides in so that they meet in the middle. Secure with tape on the plain side of the paper, so that the tape can't be seen on the patterned side.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

It should look like this.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Fold the bottom up about half as many centimetres as you want the base of the gift bag to be.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Then flatten the sides into triangle shapes like so.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Squash them down both sides so they're completely flat.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Fold the very bottom of the paper up to the middle of the triangles, do the same with the top of the flattened section.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Tape it down neatly.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Fold the right and left sides in to meet the points of the triangles created by the last folds.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Now open the bag out. It should be beginning to take shape.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

You will need to inverse some of the creases to make it into a hollow box shape.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Push in the sides, fold in the bottom and flatten. This can be a bit tricky so just take it slowly.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Open out again and stand up. Cut a piece of card the size of the base and pop it in for a bit of added strength.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Now for the handles. Cut a narrow strip of paper, about 4cm wide and about as long as the width of the wrapping paper. Fold it in half all the way down the centre. It really helps if the pattern has stripes of some kind!

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Now fold both sides of the strip inwards to meet the middle crease.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Fold in half again and glue together to form a narrow strip.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Cut the strip in half. It doesn't matter too much how long the two strips are as it will just make longer or shorter handles.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Fold the ends of each strip at right angles.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Stick to a strip of wrapping paper. As you can see, it doesn't matter if one side is longer than the other as it will be hidden.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Glue each handle to the inside of the bag.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

And there you go! Don't they look pretty?

Christmas gift bag tutorial

I've added a little origami bow to mine which I found on Pinterest. There's a fantastic tutorial for it here.

Christmas gift bag tutorial

Good luck with your wrapping!

Merry Christmas everybody!

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Today I'm linking to the following blogs: Handmade Harbour, Knotted Cotton, Manon Popje's Illustrations, Be Different Act Normal and Tatertots and Jello.

12 comments:

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    1. PS, did you know you're a no-reply blogger?

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    2. Thanks for letting me know Catherine! Just testing now to see if I've been able to resolve the no-reply blogger issue!

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  2. Love this Clare, may just have to have a go :)

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  3. Clare this is a brilliant tutorial, a lovely idea, will have a go sometime xxx love Liz xxx

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  4. This is an excellent tutorial. I've just pinned it on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. These are so professional! Love the origami bow (I'm a sucker for the art of folding!), great finishing touch! Thanks for sharing x

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  6. Some gifts are really difficult to wrap and bags make things so much easier. Thank you for sharing your tutorial, it's so easy to follow.

    Jan x

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  7. What a brilliant tutorial. I'll be certainly bookmaking your page as I like to put gifts into bags but they can work out very expensive. Love the bow too. So much nicer than the bought ones - they always drop off !!! xx

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  8. Thank you for the tutorial, I shall also bookmark it, as I love putting things in gift bags. Your bags look stunning too - and its a great use of leftover wrapping paper too.

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  9. I came across your blog while on Be Different...Act Normal Blog and love your tutorial on making gift bags. You have done a great job and I will save this for next year.

    I would love to have you to link up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/12/clever-chicks-blog-hop-66-with-three.html

    I hope you can make it!
    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/

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  10. Excellent - super brilliant baggies :-D

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