Fast and Easy Paper Purse Gift Bag

I love making purses and gift bags and promised I’d be making more of them. Here’s one that only requires a 12 x 12″ piece of patterned paper and some decorations.

I used Vintage Lace Edging die from Sizzix Decorative strip #657413 that’s retired. Here’s a few I found on ebay link:

I used old Stampin’ Up retired designer series paper.. One piece of 12 x 12″ paper scored on one 12″ side at 2 1/2″ and 9 1/2″ and turn one turn and score at 5″ and 7″. Fold and burnish the scores.

With the 5″ and 7″ scores lying horizontally, pinch your finger where the scores meet and push the paper in and make a diagonal fold, then do the same to the scores below it…do the same to the two scores on the other end of the paper. Put tear tape on the four corners up to the scores and then fold the sides onto the tear tape.

To decorate the bag, I put a strip of orange paper that is 7″ long and 2″ wide and glued one of the white strips I cut from the vintage lace edging die to it. After I glued the two pieces together, I trimmed the orange paper down about 1/8″. You’ll need two of these pieces.

I made a mark with a pencil (on the top) 1″ from either end on the inside of the bag and adhered a 13″ length of ribbon onto the bag on the 1″ mark with the ribbon inside the mark (closer to the center of the bag.)

I lined the bag with a white strip of paper on the inside of the bag that’s 7″ long by 1 1/2″ tall to hide the ends of the ribbon and to make sure the ribbon doesn’t pull off of the bag. I used Bearly Art Glue for gluing the paper and ribbon in place.

I used round self-adhesive velcro dots from the Dollar Tree and adhered one to the inside center of the bag near the top. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find them on their website, but you should be able to find them in the craft section of your Dollar Tree.

The bag is 5″ tall, 7″ wide and 2″ across the bottom.

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