I saw Sam Calcott make a similar bag and thought it would be fun to make. I’ve made a similar bag out of 12 x 12″ papers, but wanted to try this in a little smaller size.
The papers I used were from The Paper Tree called Nature’s Song and I found mine on Ebay, but also looked today and found them here. https://tinyurl.com/77kx42sz I really liked this pad for making smaller gift bags for birthdays, baby and wedding showers and for any gift giving occasion. The patterns are lovely and the pad includes some toppers that are perfect for decorating your bags.
You’ll need two pieces of 8 x 8″ paper and if you don’t have 8 x 8″ pads, you could cut down 12 x 12″ paper to use instead, and use the leftover 4″ to make your bottom or one side. Score the papers (if they have a direction to the pattern) with the top of the paper facing your right side when in the score board. Score the piece that you’ll use for the back at 1 1/2″ and 7 1/8″. The other sheet of 8 x 8″ will be the front and you only need to score it at 7 1/8″ making sure the pattern (if directional) should face the right.
You’ll need three pieces of 4 x8″ paper, two for the sides and one for the bottom.
The bottom piece on the 4″ length, score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″
The sides on the 8″ side score at 1″ and 2 1/2″ and turn to the 4″ length, (making sure our first scores are now near the bottom of the paper) score at 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ and 2″ down to the 2 1/2″ score near the bottom. Then take them out of the score board and using a ruler and a stylus (scoring tool), score on the box you’ve scored near the bottom, score from that center 2″ score diagonally to the left side bottom of the box that’s scored, and diagonally on the right. Hopefully you can see it on the video so it makes more sense.
You’ll now take the two sides and cut the bottom corners that are scored as rectangles and cut out these boxes and cut a small diagonal slice out of the paper left so it’s a little smaller and easier to fit into place easier. If you follow the way I show to cut these, it will be easier. You’ll fold the two sides so that the sides fold under and the middle score becomes a valley and the bottom folds under and the diagonal scores are valley folds.
I used tear tape on this bag, and put one line of tear tape closest to the score line (but not over it) on the bottom and sides, and then used Bearly Art Glue to cover the rest of the scored areas on the sides and bottom. Link: https://tinyurl.com/h6ru2pkn Lay the bottom of your bag in front of you and take one side and lay the bottom piece of one side flat over the bottom lining it up so the score lines of the side matches the score lines of the bottom, and the piece of the side that you glue onto the bottom, it’s score is not on the bottom, but as close as you can get to the bottom piece. Glue the other side down the same way. Then take the front (this piece has only one score at 7 1/8″) of the bag (make sure the 7 1/8″ fold is at the top) and glue the bottom of it to the folded up side of the bottom and pull one side up and holding it as straight as possible and lining up the score of the side with the front piece, glue them together, then do the same with the other side. Then take the back of the bag and glue it in place the same as the front.
The ribbons are 10 1/2″ long and you’ll need 2. Mine were 5/8″ wide. Folding down the 7 1/8″ flap, on the front and back of the bag, measure in 2 1/2″ from each side and put a small mark on the fold. Then using a hole punch, punch a half circle on the fold as when you open the flap, it will create a full circle. Pull the ribbon through and leave only enough ribbon so it can be adhered with tear tape under the flap (less than 3/4″).. Pull the ribbon through the other hole on the same side and put tear tape under the length of the flap closest to the edge and put tear tape beneath each hole you made to lay your ribbon on and to hold it in place. Do the same to the back side of the bag with ribbon.
I decorated mine with a topper that came in the 8 x 8 paper pad and cut it with a die, then laid it on a piece of black paper and cut it with two sizes bigger of the die family and put it on foam squares to adhere to the front of the bag. I also found a Happy Birthday sentiment in the paper pad and put it on the flap and added Nuvo Dream Drops in Super Nova (I can’t find that color, but here are the ones I did find.) https://tinyurl.com/48c3bhta and added some dots to the center embellishment and to the sides of Happy Birthday on the flap at the top.
You can make this as a 12 x 12″ bag too, and I have a video showing you how: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oklXF8466c
To make this bag sturdier, I’d add a piece of cardboard inside the bottom of the bag that is 2 7/8″ wide and 7 7/8″ long .