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Christmas Gift Bags

“Making your own Christmas gift bags is a great way to finish off a handmade gift for a loved one. This simple tutorial teaches you how to make a ‘Hallet’ style bag using 12”x12” paper pads and cardstock.” Tracey Collett

You will need:

  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scoreboard & Scoring Tool
  • Creative Crafting World 12”x12” Card Making Pad
  • 12” x 12” Coloured Card Stock
  • Brads
  • Double Sided Sticky Tape
  • 3d Foam pads
  • Scissors

Time to Make: Approx 30 mins - 1 hour

Skill Level: Beginner

Step-by-step:

  1. Things you will need to get started are:

    • A piece of patterned 12”x12” Patterned Paper – Cut to 3 ½ “ x 12” – This is your bag covering
    • A piece of coloured card stock 12”x 12” – Cut to 2 ½ “ x 5 ¼ “ - This makes the base of the bag
    • 5 Strips measuring ½ “ x 12” – These make handles and trimmings
    • You’ll need some toppers small enough to use on the bags and some sentiments to finish the design off.


  1. Take the plain cardstock measuring 2 ½ “ x 5 ¼ “ and score on each side at ½ “ all the way around (photo A), Snip on each side to create the flaps for gluing the base box together (photo B). Next we tape up all the elements, as you can see from photo B, You place tape along the bottom on the reverse side on the pattern panel and along the left hand side, the 4 small squares on the base panel (to create the base box photo 3) and on 3 of the strips of card stock as these are our bag trimmings. Build your bag base as shown in photo C, hiding the flaps on the inside for neatness.

  1. To create our bag we need fix the pattern paper to the base box we just made, we have taped the bottom of the paper so we need to attach that first, start at the middle point of bag base box and line up the paper as shown in photo A, you then start to roll the box so that it picks up the paper as you go all the way around the box element (photo 2), remove the end piece of tape and finish wrapping so that your bag is sealed (photo 3). Press firmly all the way around to ensure all the edges are sealed.

  1. Next we can start to add the bag trimmings, I have used plain card strips, but you could add stitch effects on to these for a more authentic look. You have 3 strips for this part, one at the bottom, one at the top on the outside and then one for the top on the inside. To stick these on I always start at the back where the seam is already and again we roll the bag & strips together so they adhere flush to the edges all the way around as seen in photos 2 & 3. Now this is the base element finished.

  1. To fix the handles we are using the remaining 2 strips of card stock, I have used brads to fix them to the bag and pierced the bags (photo A) and thread the brad through and secured at the back, the handles can be as long or short as you prefer. Using gem style brads will give a lovely sparkly effect if that matches your design also.

  1. Now it’s time to decorate the bags with the toppers, sentiments and any other additional items you would like to add. You can pinch the sides in for a shaped bag or leave it open depending on what you are putting inside. Why not add a closing element using a piece of card and magnets for another design twist on the design.

    The possibilities are endless with this style of bag, as you can adjust the measurements for bigger, smaller, taller or even shorter bags, change the papers and embellishments for other occasion bags or if you run a jewellery business why not make these to put your creations inside and pop your logo on the front, giving you a unique finished product for your customers.